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Mackenzie Trotter (11) getting a quick picture before going to see the wonderful Anastasia.

Mackenzie Trotter (11) getting a quick picture before going to see the wonderful Anastasia.

Mackenzie Trotter (11) getting a quick picture before going to see the wonderful Anastasia.

Mackenzie Trotter (11) getting a quick picture before going to see the wonderful Anastasia.

Amanda Wampler, Staff Reporter

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This year’s Broadway Peace Center season is in full swing, with the first musical, Anastasia, closing on Sunday, October 28th. For people not into Broadway, the title Anastasia may still sound familiar. Based off of the popular 1997 children’s movie and true events from Russia in the early 1900s, Anastasia focuses on the Romanov family, the last sovereign family of Imperial Russia. When tragedy strikes and Anastasia’s entire family is killed during the war, rumors begin to spread that Anastasia is alive. Two men, Dimitri (Stephen Bower) and Vlad (Edward Staudenmayer), decide to find someone to pose as Anastasia so that they can collect the reward her grandmother, who lives in Paris, is offering. They find a woman named Anya (Lila Coogan), a girl with amnesia and a striking resemblance to the missing princess. The story travels from St. Petersburg, Russia in act one to Paris, France in act two as the men and their “fake” Anastasia travel across the border to reunite the family and gain the reward. They face many challenges with the newfound Russian leaders, specifically Gleb, the son of the man who killed Anastasia’s family. Although it was set during real events of war and tragedy, this show focuses on reuniting the lost family and even some romance.

One thing that stood out over everything was the set design. Huge screens covered the back wall along with columns posing as windows and doors. These screens were filled with videos and pictures that made it feel like the characters were standing right on the streets of Paris or in front of beautiful buildings in Russia. I have never seen a show that transported me into the moment as Anastasia did. Along with the sets, the costumes were breathtaking. In some of the final scenes, Anya wore an enormous red ball gown, covered in sequins. The costumes made people in the audience feel like a kid again; it was like they were watching a fairy tale of princesses and princes. The ensemble and the main cast were completely in sync, and I enjoyed how the writers of the show gave the ensemble a chance to shine during “A Rumor in St. Petersburg” and “Stay, I Pray You,” the song sang while the townspeople hope that Anastasia is alive and the song sang when the three leave on the train. Junior Mackenzie Trotter saw the show and loved it. She said “It was a postcard scenic moment, I was impressed by the actors and the mechanics of the play as well. The experience was fantastic and I’d recommend the musical to anyone who enjoys music and romance.”

The main characters each had strong voices that were enchanting to listen to. Lila Coogan and Stephen Bower’s musical chemistry was sweet and believable, especially during “In a Crowd of Thousands.” I wish the show told a little more about the history in Russia and why these events were occurring, but the lighter parts of the storyline like romance and family were more important than the specifics of Russian history. Overall, the show was magical and entertaining to watch. For people who love musicals, especially ones that make you tell like a kid again, Anastasia is the one for them.

About the Writer
Amanda Wampler, Staff Reporter

Amanda Wampler is a junior and a second year staff reporter for The Herald. She is also the editor of the yearbook. Born in Westerville, Ohio, she moved...

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