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Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812


By Dave Malloy
Adapted from “War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy

Join us for this Great Lakes Theatre production where all but one of the cast members are either BW alumni or current students. And, many of the staff behind the scenes are also BW alumni, faculty or staff members. See full list below.

A sensational slice of Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” lends inspiration to this bold, imaginative electropop opera from award-winning composer and Lakewood, Ohio, 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.

Immerse yourself in the intoxicating story of “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” with onstage seating! 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.

“Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals.

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Performance Schedule

Wednesday-Saturday, September 22-October 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 23, 30 & October 7 at 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 24, October 1 & 8 at 3 p.m.

The BW Connection

The following are BW students, alumni, faculty and staff involved in the Idaho Shakespeare Festival (ISF) and Great Lakes Theater (GLT) co-production of “Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812”:

Cast members:
Alex Syiek – Pierre (Music Theatre grad)
Jessi Kirtley – Natasha (Music Theatre grad)
Alexa Lopez – Sonya (Music Theatre grad)
Camille Brooks – Mary (Music Theatre student)
Dario Alvarez – Dolokhov (Music Theatre student)
Jillian Kates – Helene (Music Theatre grad)
Jodi Dominick – Marya D. (Music Theatre grad)
Boe Wank – Balaga/Opera Singer (Music Theatre grad)
Dan Hoy – Anatole for ISF (Music Theatre grad)
Chris McCarrell – Anatole for GLT (Music Theatre grad)
Danny Bo – Ensemble (Music Theatre student)
Shelby Griswold – Ensemble (Music Theatre grad)
Benjamin Michael Hall – Ensemble (Music Theatre student)
Praise Oranika – Ensemble (Music Theatre student)
Bella Serrano – Ensemble (Music Theatre grad)

Production Staff:
Victoria Bussert – Director (faculty)
Matthew Webb – Music Director (faculty)
Jeff Herrmann – Scenic Designer (faculty)
Tesia Dugan Benson – Costume Designer (faculty)
Imani Sade – Production Stage Manager for GLT (Stage Management & Arts Management grad)
Dayne Sundman – Assistant Stage Manager for ISF (Stage Management & Arts Management grad)
Sarah Daniel – Production Assistant for ISF (Stage Management & Arts Management grad)
Lauren Tidmore – Company Manager (BFA – Acting grad)
DJ Brannan – Sound Intern (Theatre: Design & Technical student)
Bennie Bender – Scenic Artist Intern for ISF & Props Assistant for GLT (BFA – Acting grad)
Ian Smith – Wardrobe Assistant (Theatre: Acting & Directing grad)
Gayle Klaber – Cello for GLT (Community Arts School faculty)