“Finding Synergy” is a short original musical theater piece evaluating the relationships that one man and one woman experience as young adults, according to their Facebook page.
The story tells of their journey of growth and finding synergy in their relationship, according to their Facebook page.
The show will be presented at the Black Box Theater on July 2. There will be two performances, the first at 7:30 p.m. and the second at 9 p.m. Admission is free.
Mariah Plitt, a senior studying theatre performance, and Katelyn Newey, a senior studying dance pedagogy, said they have collaborated to bring this short musical performance to BYU-Idaho.
Plitt and Newey wrote, designed, choreographed and directed the show together. They said they began bringing their ideas together back in January.
“The stories come from us,” Plitt said. “Every single one of these stories we’ve experienced personally.”
Newey said that even some of the lines in the show are directly quoted from personal experiences that they have had.
“There was a moment were she was writing one of the scenes, and I started telling her about an experience that I had,” Newey said.
She said Plitt just began writing down her story as she was telling it.
“So that’s where the words come from,” Newey said. “They come from us talking about our experiences and just using the language that we already know. It’s not poetic. It’s not romantic. It’s just real life, and that’s what we want to represent in our show.”
They said their goal is to help the audience feel like they are watching something real, and be able to connect to what they are watching.
“We evaluate family relationships, friendships, romantic relationships, stranger to stranger relationships and abusive relationships,” Plitt said. “In the heart of it, is how each of those effect who we are as a person, and how we interact with each other.”
Olivia Juretich, playing the character Bree in the show and a freshman majoring in general studies, said the show helped her gain sympathy for people in different situations.
“What I’ve learned from it, is that people go through so much in their life and you don’t know the half of it,” Juretich said. “I’ve learned to become more understanding through this and be more sympathetic, because you don’t think about this sort of stuff very often.
Plitt said she has already had people express how human the show feels.
“Some people will never admit that they’ve been in some of those relationships,” Plitt said. “It’s bringing in that reality of what we all feel and putting it on stage and putting movement, emotion and feeling with real words.”
David Muncy, who plays the character of Jay in the show and is a junior studying dance, said the musical is not what people typically find in a show of singing and dancing.
“The approach to movement, and the artistry behind it, is nice because the acting could stand alone and the movement could stand alone so when they come together, it’s a lot more powerful than two things that typically rely on each other,” Muncy said.
Muncy said that playing his character has reminded him that a person’s actions always affect someone else.
“You can’t be so selfish as to think that our actions only effect ourselves, no matter how isolated or personal of a decision they might feel,” Muncy said. “We will always have an impact so we can’t take anything that we do lightly.”
Newey said the performance is all real. The stories and the emotions are meant to make the audience feel and connect with their own personal experiences.
“We are creating something that shows, this is all real for us,” Plitt said.