‘Anastasia’ is memorable & inspiring

By Hollyann Gardner
Times-News correspondent

   DURHAM — The national touring production of “Anastasia” at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) is a stunning show that will be beloved by audiences. With talented actors coupled with gorgeous sets and costumes, this is a production that you cannot miss.
Lila Coogan plays leading lady Anya, a street sweeper who has lost her memories of being a princess, the conflict which the story revolves around. Coogan’s singing voice is beautifully unique, and she perfectly captures Anya’s spunk and determination.
The scheming but dashing male duo Dmitry and Vlad portrayed by Matt Rosell and Edward Staudenmayer, respectively, are delightful to watch. The actors play off both each other and Coogan wonderfully. In addition, Staudenmayer’s chemistry with Tari Kelly, who plays the hilarious Countess Lily, is one of the best parts of the show and will leave have theatergoers laughing out loud.
   The ensemble of ghosts, reporters, ballet dancers and more put the show over-the-top. Every dancer radiates energy with every kick, leap and turn. A highlight of the ensemble’s talent is a scene where the ballet Swan Lake is incorporated with several characters from the original ballet.
“Anastasia” is a memorable show that will leave you not only impressed, but inspired. Audience members will appreciate the values of love, family and determination that are woven throughout the story.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. today; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), 123 Vivian St., Durham. Tickets vary in price and can be purchased at www.dpacnc.com/.

Hollyann Gardner is a high school junior at Alamance Community College and a Teens & 20s writer.


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