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Student Writes Original Song Cycle Minutes

Published: January 28, 2016 | Author: Tommy Gugino | Category: Arts

Student Writes Original ProductionSouthern Utah University theatre student Brandon Scott Grayson came to SUU in Fall 2014 with a dream to write musicals. With the help of his faculty mentor, Peter Sham, Grayson wrote Minutes, an original song cycle, which is set to open January 28 running through February 1 in SUU’s Auditorium Blackbox Theatre. 

SUU’s student run theatre company, Second Studio, is producing the song cycle. The show is told through musical vignettes, or brief scenes, which examine how time plays a part in people’s lives.

Grayson said Minutes was inspired by experiences from own life. “Almost every human experience is based off time in some way, shape or form, so to use that as a dramatic potential was very enticing to me.”

Sham said the show has something in it for everyone. “It’s an acetic mix of different styles and different snapshots, or minutes, of people’s lives. It runs the gamut of emotions with some scenes being funny, and others being sad and moving.”

Helping Grayson bring his vision of Minutes to the stage is director Alec Terberg, assistant director Evangeline Stott, stage manager Sarah Bagnall and light board operator Kayla Jensen. Grayson also serves as the production’s musical director.

The cast is comprised of Keaton Johns, Colton Needles, Christopher Whiteside, Sara Funk, Courtney McMullin and Holly Barrick.

The show will perform in the Auditorium Blackbox Theatre on January 28, 29 and February 1 at 7:30 p.m. with a 10:00 p.m. performance on the January 30. Tickets will be $5 at the door. Please be advised that Minutes features adult language.


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