As dancers filled the stage of Moorhead High School’s Auditorium, the lights dimmed and the powerful lyrics “a story of love that flourished in a time of hate” filled the air.
Moorhead High School’s rehearsal of Disney’s “AIDA” had begun.
With beautiful costumes, jaw-dropping talent and music by Elton John, “AIDA” tells a story that is still relevant in today’s world.
The story-often known as the “Romeo and Juliet” of Egypt- follows Aida, an enslaved Nubian princess that falls in love with an Egyptian soldier. As their forbidden love grows, they are forced to face death or part forever. But their devotion to one another ultimately transcends the vast cultural differences between their warring nations, bringing forth peace and prosperity to all.
“It feels good to do a show that begins with the lyric ‘this is a story of love that flourished in a time of hate’ and our company of 130+ young artists takes this message to heart,” says Director Rebecca Meyer-Larson.
The tale is more than an average love story. “This year there is a slightly more important meaning to our production.” Trans says. Many students, including Tran, connect on a deeper level to themes present in “AIDA.”
“My mom was born in Cambodia, around the Vietnam War and was put in a concentration camp,” Tran says. “I feel inspired to tell my mom’s story.”
Being able to walk away from the production with new perspectives is what Moorhead High School strives for. “We want people to realize that history is still repeating itself and to educate people because slavery is still happening in today’s world,” Tran adds.
The cast members are excited to be involved in such a moving musical.
Chelsea Bubbers, a sophomore that plays multiple roles in the production, says the cast has “worked super hard.”
“(We’ve) poured our hearts into the production and you will be able to tell when you watch it,” she shares.
Moorhead High School performs “AIDA” at 7 p.m. Nov. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 12 and 19. Tickets can be reserved online at www.MoorheadSchools.org/tix or by calling the MHS Activities Office at 218-284-2255.