MarLo Dance Studio is celebrating the full return of its lavish theatrical dance productions to the Sprague Theater, Bandon.
The story of, Anastasia, will be woven together through ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and hip-hop genres. “It is with great joy that we bring back live cultural entertainment for the community to enjoy once again,” says director, Maria Merriam.
Anastasia is based on the legend of a young girl named Princess Anastasia, who survives the 1917 Russian revolution. In MDS’s version, the evil witch, Rasputin (Hadassah Slater), and her minions cast a deadly curse upon the royal house of the Romanovs.
During the siege, the Dowager Empress, (Mel Garrett) escapes, but is separated from her granddaughter, Anastasia (Hallie Minkler). The two are lost to one another. The empress escapes to Paris, while Anastasia, having been stricken by a terrible blow, suffers amnesia. She spends the remainder of her childhood in an orphanage with the new name, Anya.
As a young woman, Anya has only one possession, a music box, given to her by the grandmother she doesn’t remember. Anya is troubled and confused by dreams and memories the box inspires. She is discovered by two con men hoping to cash in on a reward for finding the missing Princess Anastasia. The three set off for a Paris adventure with the evil Rasputin in pursuit.