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Love story plays at SCERA

By Valerie Chapman
Daily Universe Staff Reporter
9 Sep 2005

Tragic love is a familiar genre: a man and a woman fall in love, but their circumstances force them to choose between their love for each other and the their love for their families.

The musical "Aida," which is based on Verdi's Egyptian opera, and adds fresh energy to the work, it with the catchy pop and rock music of Elton John and Tim Rice.

"Aida has everything that you love about an old musical," said Mindy Young, producer of the show at the SCERA Center for the Arts. "But it's so much cooler and hipper than an old musical. It's the musical for today's audience."

The show, which opens tonight and runs through Oct. 3, will mark the Utah premiere of "Aida."

Young said this is a show that can be loved and appreciated by everyone, not just those who follow the Broadway musical scene.

"If you're not a theatergoer, this is the musical for you," Young said.

The choreographer, Rick Robison, has done a great job making the choreography tell the story through dance while maintaining some of the flashy elements that audiences love about "Aida," said Director Chad Taylor in a press release.

Taylor also said he has thoroughly enjoyed directing the musical.

"We had a lot of people try out who had never done theater before," Taylor said. "But directing this show turned out to be a very humbling experience for me. I am amazed at [the casts'] talent every day."

The majority of cast members are from Utah Valley.

Todd Price, who plays Zoser, the evil villain of the show, said he has been very impressed with the cast "especially the three leads" and has enjoyed his experience acting in the musical.

"It's been interesting playing the villain," Price said. "I usually think of myself as a pretty nice person. But I just base my character off my favorite Disney villains, like Scar from 'The Lion King.'"

Price said he is nervous for "Aida's opening on Friday, but is not worried that the show will do poorly because he knows it is going to be a good show.

The musical plays Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays at 7:30 p.m. at the SCERA theatre, located at 745 S. State St. in Orem. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 3-11, students with a valid student ID and seniors ages 65 and up. Tickets are available at the door or in advance by calling (801) 225-ARTS or online at

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