by: Cameron Elliot
Anastasia….Wow, Where do I even begin to talk about Anastasia. It was one of the most incredible shows I believe I have ever seen. In many aspects I'd have to say it was better than Hamilton. As a huge fan of Anastasia, I have to say that they did a great job of incorporating the movie into the show. The show starts off in the best atmosphere, where it began, in RUSSIA. We see young Anastasia and her grandmother, looking over a strange music box that plays a beautiful tune. Giving us insight that this scene will foreshadow the future. Leading into the ballroom scene, where the biggest tragedy of the story occurs, the separation of the Romanov family. The music was incredible and matched the soundtrack perfectly. The actors and actresses sang their songs with so much confidence. It assured me that they were actually the characters they were portraying. There was so much emotion, especially from the actress portraying Anastasia. You could hear the tragedy and heartbreak in the voice of the actress. It makes you believe that you are actually back in 1927, walking the streets of Russia living a life in the middle of a revolution.
Commrad and Demitri teach her many things about being a princess. Ever so suddenly we see her begin to remember small things that she had learned when she was a small girl. After some amount of time, they buy tickets to go to Paris. Ana had this thought in the back of her mind that she had to get to her grandmother, for it was the only person she had left. They face many struggles on the way to Paris. They have to leave their train early to avoid the law who are in search of two men and a young woman. When they finally reach Paris, Anastasia meets her grandmother. Her grandmother believes Ana is just another actress trying to steal a fortune, but as soon as Ana pulls out the music box and sings this tune to her grandmother, the grandmother realizes this is her Anastasia, reunited after all these years. This is the end of the story, another mystery solved. The atmosphere of this show was so believable, that even me, the audience believed I was apart of the show. It was so emotional in so many ways, the actors and actresses did a great job of making me understand the story from a heartbreaking perspective. I think the biggest part of what makes a show good is the emotion of the characters; without this aspect, they would just be actors and actresses. But to me, these people were the actual characters they were portraying. That is why Anastasia stole my heart and I believe it will steal yours too.