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The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

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The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

The Daily Evergreen

Regional Theatre of the Palouse brings Broadway’s ‘Anastasia’ to community

RTOP performing musical production Feb. 8–11, Feb. 14–18
The Regional Theatre of the Palouse along Grand Avenue downtown, Aug. 24, 2014.

The Regional Theatre of the Palouse will be performing a production of the Broadway musical “Anastasia” from Feb. 8–11 and Feb. 14–18.

The play adaptation of the 20th Century Fox film of the same name follows the story of a young woman embarking on a journey to unlock the mysteries of her past in 1920s Europe. The musical grapples with deeper topics while maintaining the dazzling, adventurous spirit of the film, director Michael Todd said.

“The play takes a more realistic approach with the rise of socialism within Russia and the political turmoil that led the revolution to occur,” Todd said. “It portrays conflicted characters with great convictions of what is right for Russia.”

With the licensing for the show adaptation of “Anastasia” recently becoming available, RTOP decided to bring it to the Palouse to expand the repertoire within the region.

“It is such a beautiful show and I simply fell in love after seeing it on Broadway, so I wanted to tell that story here,” Todd said. “We’re always trying to push the envelope with premieres and debuts at the venue.”

The heart of the story is relevant to everyone, as it focuses on knowing who you are and being brave enough to follow the journey of who you are meant to be, Todd said. “Anastasia” is about people discovering their path and having the courage to take a stand in the face of opposition.

Todd said Pullman was the perfect setting to host the production.

“Art is interpretive and everyone can draw their own connections, but the journey is extremely relevant to college students,” Todd said. “Anyone in search of home, love, or family will find an inspiring story.”

“Anastasia” features memorable music that will stick with audiences long after the curtain call, Todd said, including new songs that were not in the film adaptation such as “The Land of Yesterday.”

Todd’s favorite aspect of this production so far has been seeing how much every person has grown while working on it.

RTOP relies on a vast network of volunteers and local designers, and Todd said they invite everyone to get involved if they want to put in quality work that aligns with RTOP’s mission: fostering creative spirit in the community.

This production of “Anastasia” blends local artists with ones from out of town, and features some of the most talented vocalists ever to grace RTOP’s stage, Todd said.

“‘Anastasia’ is an emotionally rich and expertly crafted musical,” Todd said. “We are excited to be bringing this well-loved classic to the region.”

Patrons can purchase tickets to see “Anastasia” online, by emailing [email protected] or by calling RTOP’s box office at 509-334-0750.

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