Tatyana Lubov, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point alumna, is stepping into pretty important shoes: shoes worn before her by actresses such as Julie Andrews, Lesley Ann Warren and Brandy Norwood.
The shoes? Glass slippers. Lubov is starring as Ella in the national Broadway tour of Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.”
A Cottage Grove native, Lubov graduated from UWSP in December of 2015 with a bachelor of fine arts degree in musical theater.
Though Lubov explored performance while in high school, she gained much of her experience from her time at UWSP.
“I knew performing was what I wanted to do in high school,” Lubov said. “I wasn’t sure what form I wanted to do, because I was also writing music and loved doing that. I definitely think being in college helped solidify my choice.”
While at UWSP, Lubov performed in a variety of theatrical and musical theater productions such as “Next to Normal,” “The Producers,” “Carousel” and “Radium Girls.”
Mark Hanson, the musical theater program coordinator, worked with Lubov during her course of studies at UWSP. The two met when Lubov was a junior and worked together in performance labs as well as stage rehearsals and performances.
“When I first worked with her, she was in the ensemble of ‘Carousel,’ and she got to utilize her dance skills and non-verbal character building through her work in the ensemble,” Hanson said. “I knew then that she had a lovely voice, clear and bell-like and was able to sing much of the golden-age style repertoire.”
As Lubov progressed through the program, she faced challenges that pushed her to grow as a performer. During her senior year, Lubov portrayed the leading role in “Radium Girls,” a straight play without singing, even though she was in the musical theater program.
“She gave a lovely, warm and well-rounded performance and showed a side of her acting skills that many didn’t know she possessed,” Hanson said.
Along with the practical experience she gained at UWSP, Lubov’s college years prepared her for her current role in ways she could not have imagined.
“My college literally brought me to New York to perform a showcase in the same building we rehearsed at for ‘Cinderella,’” Lubov said. “That itself gave me so much confidence and comfortableness at the beginning of this huge experience.”
Not surprisingly, Lubov cites landing her role in “Cinderella” as the most pivotal moment of her career.
“It taught me that no matter how many times you get turned down from auditioning, or whatever you do or hope to do with your life, you need to keep yourself motivated and going because something will come up,” Lubov said of her journey to get to “Cinderella.”
Coming by the role of Ella certainly was not easy. Lubov went to an open call audition for the production, only to find herself 412 in line.
Because she was not seen during the general audition, the casting directors of the show encouraged her to submit a video audition. Her submission led her to numerous callbacks, which finally landed her the lead role of the musical.
“I’m excited to do a show that runs as long as this tour does,” Lubov said. “I’m very used to saying goodbye too soon to shows that run for two weeks to a month, so this is a whole new challenge for me.”
The nine-month run of the tour will give Lubov a chance to work with the cast for an extended period of time.
“I love the cast,” Lubov said. “They are all so incredibly talented, and I am honored to be in a company with such awesome performers and musicians.”
From her hometown of Cottage Grove, to her work at UWSP, to her new national stage, Lubov continues to enchant audiences and instill pride in those who have followed her on her professional journey.
“We couldn’t be more pleased for her achievements and am so glad to count her among our wonderful, talented alumni,” Hanson said.
The tour ends Jun. 21, 2017 in Columbus, Georgia. “Cinderella” will make an appearance in Wisconsin, performing at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in Milwaukee from Mar. 28 until Apr. 2, 2016.