Two BYU-Idaho students spent the last year writing and composing a folk opera called Deep Love.
Deep Love will be performed at the Rexburg tabernacle on March 29 from 8 to 10 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door of the Tabernacle for $5 per person, or at the service desk in the front of Broulim’s grocery store for a reduced price of $4. A family packet can also be purchased for $15.
Garrett Sherwood, a senior studying political science, approached his then roommate Ryan Hayes, a recent graduate in geology, and asked him to create an opera based on his original song called “Deep Love,” a love song for Zombies.
“It is a deep story figuratively and literally because it is about dead people, but it is full of deep meaning and beauty,” Hayes said.
Hayes and Sherwood split the writing up into characters and wrote songs and scenes to fit their delegated roles. After nine months of on-and-off writing, they came up with a plot about a grieving woman and her dead lover.
“[They] have an undying love for one another, which keeps him near to her side even though she can’t see him; but that is not where conflict ends,” Hayes said. “A lot of ghostly things happen after that.”
Neither Hayes nor Sherwood have chosen music as a career path. In fact, even though Sherwood started out as a music major, he quickly changed his mind after entering the program.
The Opera will be preformed with an almost all-student cast, including Erica Rascon, a sophomore who will be playing the lead female role of Constance, and Sherwood playing a role of Fredrick, a role he wrote for himself.
Other cast members are John Peter Lewis, a former BYU-I student and top eight finalist on American Idol and Jeannette Snyder, a senior who has been acting as their business manager.
“It is just a bunch of creative people getting their creation on,” Hayes said.
Although Deep Love is in no way affiliated with BYU-I, Hayes said he hopes students will show up and be inspired to put their own music out there. Hayes believes that everyone has something to share, which is something he said he learned at BYU-I.
“I think that if you hear a melody in your head, you should be able to write it down; and if you don’t [write it], you’re cheating the world,” Hayes said.