NEW WATERFORD — As if getting back on stage without a mask or COVID-19 protocol wasn’t exciting enough, Crestview High School ups the game with Anastasia’s performance this weekend.
The story of a young woman believed to be the daughter of the last Tsar of Russia, Anastasia includes the loss of identity of a young woman and the Grand Duchess, as well as their dreams of one day reuniting. .
In addition to showcasing the talents of Crestview students and a live pit orchestra, the musical performance over the next three days will feature two technological additions rivaling what one might see in a professional Broadway theater. .
The stage backdrop will come alive with projected video footage to help tell the story of a Russian princess, helping the team transform the Performing Arts Center into opulent palaces and ballrooms in various other locations, from the Russia in Paris.
The $24,000 projector and software that create the scenes were obtained through grants and donations, beginning with a major donation from the Columbiana Community Foundation. Crestview manager Eric Bable said the remaining money came from grants and donations from local businesses and individual donors.
Additionally, a large turntable in the center of the stage provides movement beyond the walking and dancing of the actors and actresses. This software and this turntable came through donations and additional grants.
Bable said new technology and the new software packages that power it are giving students even more theater experiences, bringing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) into another realm in school.
After spending the last two years with limited theater opportunities due to the pandemic, the students are excited to step back on stage for a musical performance. Only two high school classes know it was like that.
“We’re so excited to do this,” Baba said. “No restrictions. It feels like we’re back.”
Tickets remain available at the door for all three performances this weekend at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, as well as 2 p.m. on Sunday.