Photo: Evan Zimmerman

If you’re looking for a fun evening out, consider catching a performance of “Anastasia” at Ovens Auditorium. 

Inspired by historic events that unfolded in Soviet Russia during the turbulent years of the Bolshevik Revolution, “Anastasia” tells the fictionalized story of a young Russian woman trying to unravel the mystery of her past. To do so, she teams up with a con man and a former aristocrat to travel from her homeland to Paris.


What surprised me: “Anastasia” has a fair amount of humor but not so much that it overshadows the story’s more dramatic moments. 

Favorite song: “Stay I Pray You.” This sad and touching song shows off the vocal range of the cast. 

What I liked most: Transporting audiences from Soviet Russia to Paris is no small feat. However, the show’s projectors, lighting, props and sound design made seamless work of the transitions. I also liked how the story captures the emotional pain of leaving behind one’s home, even when leaving becomes necessary.

While a few scenes are intense and imply violence and brief moments of raunchy humor, “Anastasia” is a musical the whole family can enjoy. The stage design, sound effects, music, story and dancing provide plenty for kids and adults to enjoy. 

Warning: The show includes moments of flashing lights. 

If you go

  • Location: Ovens Auditorium
  • Dates: Oct. 11-16
  • Price: $25-$100
  • Tickets: Purchase on the website.

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Amanda was born and raised in Charlotte and graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor’s in Communications and English. She covers Mecklenburg County. Reach her at

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