MHS production of ‘Anastasia’ opens today | News, Sports, Jobs – Marietta Times

Mar 1, 2024
Marietta High School students portray the Romanov family in a rehearsal for this year’s musical, “Anastasia.”
Performances of Marietta High School’s production of “Anastasia” begin tonight at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.
Based on the 1997 animated movie inspired by the real historical mystery of what happened to the Russian duchess Anastasia, the musical is the product of the collaborative efforts of over 60 MHS students, according to co-director Scott Rieder. The production has around 40 cast members, four students in orchestra and 18 crew members.
Rehearsals for this production started in November, but students have been at work since October.
“I like watching it all come together,” said senior cast member Chloe Patterson, who plays Countess Lilly. “It’s definitely worth the wait.”
Patterson has been performing since she was little, but her first school production was “High School Musical: The Musical” her eighth-grade year. She has been in every musical since, but this is her first big role in an MHS musical production.
Sound engineer Constance Warner leads the mic check before rehearsal Tuesday’s rehearsal of the Marietta High School production of “Anastasia.”
“This is my favorite role I’ve ever played,” Patterson said. “I think me and Lilly are a lot alike. I think if Lilly was a real person, we’d be best friends.”
Patterson also performs with Mid-Ohio Valley Players; she played Scrooge in their recent production of “A Christmas Carol.”
Playing the lead role of Anya, or Anastasia, is senior Alexis Cruz.
“This is my favorite role,” Cruz said. “She has a lot more dimension than the other characters I’ve played.”
Both Patterson and Cruz are in agreement that “Anastasia” is their favorite show.
“It’s honestly one of the best shows we’ve put on,” said Patterson.
“I really like this show. I think it is so fun,” said Cruz. “I feel like this show has come together a lot smoother than it has in other years.”
According to Rieder, since January they have blocked all of their scenes and set all of their choreography.
The crew has constructed and painted all of the sets and co-director Darcy Miller has gotten all of the costumes. The tech director for the musical is David Sarver; the choreographer is Tim Kelcy.
MHS senior Mia Knowlton is the stage manager, making sure the show runs smoothly.
Practically everything backstage is under her supervision.
“It’s a really stressful job but I like the pressure,” she said.
Performances are also slated for 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are available online near the bottom of the MHS athletics page.
The cost is $12, and they can also be bought at the door.
Clara Noelle can be reached at intern@newsandsentinel.com.
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