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On soaring notes of love: 'Aida' now at Woods Cross High School
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Harrison Young (as Radames) and Aitana Alapa (as Aida). Photo by Jenniffer Wardell | Davis Clipper
WOODS CROSS – Whether you’re looking for epic romance or just great music, there’s plenty to love in “Aida.”

This musical tale, set to come to the Woods Cross High stage Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays now through Feb. 17, tells the story of a love that attempts to bridge immense societal divides. With songs by Elton John and Tim Rice bringing the romance to life, even the cast is falling under the musical’s spell.  

“The music is wonderful, and the storyline is just amazing,” said Aitana Alapa, who is playing Aida. “Besides, everyone loves a love story.”

The musical, based on an opera by Guiseppe Verdi, follows the relationship between Ramades, captain of the Egyptian Army, and Aida, a Nubian princess captured as a slave. Though Ramades is engaged and their relationship is forbidden, the two discover that they have a powerful bond.

“You see the transformation to that love, and what people will do for someone they love,” said Chad Dunshee, one of the actors playing Ramades.

Harrison Young, the other actor playing Ramades, feels that’s part of Aida’s lasting appeal.

“The love and passion in the musical is what everyone strives for,” he said.

All three agree that the music itself is a major vehicle for that sense of passion.  The show is full of powerful songs, including “Written in the Stars,” “Enchantment Passing Through” and “Every Story is A Love Story.”

“Vocally, the music was really challenging in the beginning,” said Alapa. “But as the months went passed, we got it down.”

There were some physical challenges as well, especially for the two actors playing Ramades. Since the character is the leader of armies, both actors had to include an intense work out routine as part of their preparations.

“It’s been the most amazing experience of my life,” said Young “It’s taught me so much about hard work and dedication.”

In the end, the actors hope the audience falls in love the same way they did.

“When I first found out we were doing ‘Aida,’ I was a little disappointed because I’d never heard of it,” said Dunshee. “But by the end, you should be in tears.”

For tickets, call 801-402-4611 or visit

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