Extraordinary Magic | ORDINARY LOVE | BYU Young Ambassadors

EXTRAORDINARY MAGIC is a hybrid art form--a capture of staging and film. There are 16 videos in all. This project tells the story of three ordinary individuals who dealt with extraordinary circumstances. These tellings were derived from the real-life experiences of Terry Fox, a Canadian cancer survivor, Anita Lasker, a German Jew and cellist, and lastly, Rose Rakchhat, a Cambodian refugee who lived through the perils of the Khmer Rouge.

This FIRST video in a series of 16 is the "Opening Number," i.e. ORDINARY LOVE. We begin in a classroom of students sharing their stories. Collectively, they decide to further investigate the true stories of Terry Fox, Anita Lasker, and Rose Rakchat.

This project was created during the COVID Pandemic of 2021. The purpose was to share the creative work of the students, staff and faculty involved that couldn't be shared in-person. NOTE: All participants were vaccinated and/or tested negative before rehearsing and filming. The University safety protocols and precautions were explicitly followed.

MUSIC
"Ordinary Love" by Ben Rector
Transcription: Zach Sundwall
Vocal Arrangement: Rob Moffat
Instrumental Track: Zach Sundwall
Studio Vocal Recording & Mixing: Troy Sales
Film Set Sound Recording: Gerald Hartley
Sound Design, Mixing and Mastering: Troy Sales
Soloists: Oakley Thacker, Payton Prince, Ally Choe

STAGE VERSION
Creators: Wendy Gourley, Rob Moffat, Nathan Balser
Artistic Direction: Nathan Balser
Music Direction: Rob Moffat
Choreographers: Nathan Balser, Jimmy Henderson & Young Ambassadors Company

FILM ADAPTATION
Director: Cagen Tregeagle
Producers: Nathan Balser & Scott Cook
Choreographers: Nathan Balser, Jimmy Henderson & Young Ambassadors Company
Script: Wendy Gourley, Rob Moffat, Nathan Balser, and Cagen Tregeagle
1st AD/Script Supervisor: Kirsten Busse
DP: Yvonne Bass
B Cam: Scott Cook
1st AC: Steven Bartholomew
Gaffer: Seth Huston
Grip: Dillin Harrison
Make-up: Sarah Bult
Costume Design: Dennis Wright
Costume Management: Marylynn Schaerrer
Transportation and Site Management: John Shurtleff
Props and Set Management: Kirsten Busse & John Shurtleff
Crafts: Sara Fitzgerald, Brant Johnson, Evan Naef

CAST:
Emma Austin, Maren Bills, Burke Boyer, Ben Butters, Ally Choe, Christian Doyle, Sara Fitzgerald, Jimmy Henderson, Melisa Holker, Hailey Hyde, Lyric Ikeomu, Brant Johnson, Alex Joyner, Issa McKnight, Evan Naef, Payton Prince, Luke Rands, Cassidy Riggs, and Oakley Thacker.

THANK YOU to Brigham Young University, BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications, and the Department of Dance. Special thanks to the Laycock Foundation and Department of Dance Fulton Endowment, as well as BYU Alumni and Donors.

Release date: August 16, 2021

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