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Great Lakes Theater Presents the Northeast Ohio Premiere of "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812"

CLEVELAND, OH - Great Lakes Theater (GLT) opens its 62nd season with the Northeast Ohio premiere of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, performing in the company’s intimate and audience-friendly home at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square from September 22 – October 8, 2023. Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. www.concordtheatricals.com.

Directed by Victoria Bussert, this vibrant musical extravaganza features a stellar cast of seasoned GLT performers and those making their GLT debut. Alex Syiek* and Jessi Kirtley* head up the cast as the titular Pierre and Natasha, respectively. Joining them in supporting roles are Dario Alvarez*, Camille Brooks*, Cole Burden*, Jodi Dominick*, Jillian Kates*, Alexa Lopez*, Chris McCarrell* and Boe Wank*. Rounding out the ensemble are Danny Bó*, Shelby Griswold*, Benjamin Michael Hall, Jaedynn Latter, Praise Oranika, Bella Serrano* and Ángela Utrera*. *Member of Actors’ Equity

A sensational slice of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace lends inspiration to this bold, imaginative electropop opera from award-winning composer (and Lakewood, OH native!) Dave Malloy. Young, impulsive Natasha, bewitched by handsome and cunning Anatole, falls to scandal. Family friend Pierre, a middle-aged man struggling with his own demons, must pick up the pieces to restore her reputation. This critically acclaimed, Tony award-winning musical is a lively, breathtaking, and unforgettable theatrical experience.

This production's visionary design puts you directly into this intoxicating story through onstage seating for a truly immersive experience. Enjoy this vibrant musical extravaganza from a new perspective in the Hanna as the performance surrounds you with two unique seating options mere inches from the action. Onstage Café Seating provides an up-close viewpoint from cozy tables and chairs on the lowered thrust area, while Onstage Bar Seating, complete with bar-height stools and a drink rail, promises the ultimate front-row encounter. All seating will be assigned.

Audiences will experience this exhilarating production in an intimate theater setting at Great Lakes Theater’s award-winning home at the Hanna Theatre. The innovative "Great Room" design seamlessly merges the artist and audience experience. Guests can choose from diverse seating options like traditional seats, club chairs, lounge/bar seats, couches, and private boxes. Arranged in an intimate 550-seat thrust configuration where the audience surrounds the stage, no seat is further than 13 rows from the performance.

Generous support for Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 is provided by the Kulas Foundation. The production is part of the Kulas Musical Theater Series at Great Lakes Theater. The residents of Cuyahoga County, through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, provide generous support for Great Lakes Theater’s 2023-24 season. State tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) make Great Lakes Theater’s 2023-24 season possible. The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.

Great Lakes Theater provides exceptional access to its artists and production process during every Hanna Theatre performance. The Hanna's doors open sixty minutes before each show, allowing patrons to witness the pre-show preparation, including stage combat rehearsals, dance calls, prop/scenic setups, technical cue rehearsals, and actor warm-ups - offering GLT audiences an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the theatrical process.

The Opening/Press Night performance of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 is Saturday, September 23. A preview performance is Friday, September 22. Curtain times for all evening performances are 7:30 p.m., with a 1:30 p.m. curtain time for Saturday matinees and a 3:00 p.m. curtain time for Sunday matinees. In addition, GLT will offer a sign-interpreted and audio-described performance of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 on October 8 at 3:00 p.m.

Great Lakes Theater offers patrons a robust series of Experience Enrichment Programming. On September 22, patrons can participate in our Director’s Night, which features a lively pre-show discussion with GLT’s Producing Artistic Director, Charles Fee, and the director of the production. Each Thursday (Offered: 9/28/23 and 10/5/23) during the run, patrons are invited to our Salon Thursday pre-show discussions featuring a Great Lakes Theater artist. Our Playnotes pre-show discussions occur sixty minutes before our Saturday matinee performances (Offered: 9/30/23 and 10/7/23) and feature illuminating introductions to the content and history of the play presented by a guest scholar. On Sundays (Offered: 9/24/23, 10/1/23 and 10/8/23), patrons can enjoy our Ice Cream Social Sundays, where they can grab a delicious, cool treat at a discount.

Single performance tickets range in price from $20-$89, with $15 tickets for patrons 25 and under. Tickets are available by calling (216) 241-6000, ordering online, or visiting the Playhouse Square Ticket Office. Visit https://www.playhousesquare.org/contact-us for Playhouse Square Ticket Office operating hours. Groups of ten or more save up to 45% by calling (216) 453-1066.

Great Lakes Theater, the first resident company of Playhouse Square, has brought the pleasure, power, and relevance of theater to the widest possible audience since 1962. GLT programming impacts over 100,000 adults and students annually.

Posted on: August 21, 2023

Category: Press Releases

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