MarLo Dance Studio celebrates the full return of its lavish theatrical dance productions to the Sprague Theater in Bandon. Anastasia’s story will be woven across ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and hip-hop genres.
“It is with great joy that we are bringing back live cultural entertainment for the community to enjoy again,” said Director Maria Merriam.
The 2022 show will take place on May 13, 14, 15 and May 20, 21, 22. Friday and Saturday shows will be at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. All performances will take place at the Sprague Theatre.
Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children under 12. At the door, tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for children. To reserve seats online, visit www.marlodance.com. Those without internet access can call 706-550-1416.
Anastasia is based on the legend of a young girl named Princess Anastasia, who survives the Russian Revolution of 1917. In the MDS version, the evil witch Rasputin (Hadassah Slater) and her minions place a deadly curse on the royal house Romanov. During the siege, the Empress Dowager (Mel Garrett) escapes, but is separated from her granddaughter, Anastasia (Hallie Minkler). The two are lost for each other. The Empress flees to Paris, while Anastasia, stricken with a terrible blow, suffers from amnesia. She spends the rest 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 the dreams and memories the box inspires. She is discovered by two crooks hoping to cash in on a reward for finding the missing Princess Anastasia. The three set off on a Parisian adventure with the villainous Rasputin in pursuit.
Under the direction of Maria Merriam, MarLo Dance Studio is celebrating its 23rd season serving the greater Bandon region. The more than 90 student performers travel from as far away as Gold Beach, Coos Bay and Myrtle Point to be part of Bandon’s unique program which focuses on a solid ballet foundation with jazz, tap, contemporary, hip hop and hall genres. ball made available to the two young people. and adults. As a school of performing arts, MDS specializes not only in teaching dance, but also in providing students with theatrical expression of dance in storytelling productions such as the sold out like Peter Pan, Nutcracker, Pinocchio and this May, Anastasia.
To support the artistic work of MDS, the Cultural Coalition of Coos County provided a grant to fund the rental of two backdrop sets for Anastasia’s presentation.