On April 1, the new Saturday’s Warrior will be showing in some theaters as a motion picture, according to the Saturday’s Warrior 2016 Facebook Web page.
“The film opens in Utah on April 1,” said Aaron Evans, the Public Relations director of Saturday’s Warrior. “The film will be open in theaters outside of Utah in the following weeks. The Rexburg/Idaho Falls area should be one of the earliest openings.”
Evans said the original musical from 1989 is set in the 1970s. It explores the questions of “Where do I come from?” and “Why am I here?” and “Where am I going?”
“Centered on twins Jimmy and Pam Flinders, the musical begins with a group of spirits making promises to each other before coming to live on Earth,” Evans said. “However, with those promises forgotten, Jimmy, Pam and all the others find themselves on very different paths once on Earth.”
Evans said Jimmy, played by Kenny Holland, loses himself seeking stardom. He struggles with his faith, identity and relationship with his family. He said devastating tragedy strikes Pam, played by Anna Daines, and her family.
Evans said the question in the original musical is will the devastation destroy Jimmy or help him understand who he is? Will he keep his promises or leave them forgotten?
“For fans of Saturday’s Warrior, the film will take them right back to when they first saw the musical or heard the album,” Evans said.
Evans said the movie still takes place in the 1970s because the messages are just as relatable today as they were 40 years ago.
“New viewers will love the music and messages,” Evans said.
Evans said there are three new songs, and the storyline is somewhat updated.
“The Flinders are now a musical family/performing group,” Evans said.
Evans said Jimmy’s struggles and the reason why Pam is in a wheelchair have been changed.
“For the reason why, you will have to see the play,” Evans said. “No spoilers.”
Evans said the messages in Saturday’s Warrior are timeless.
“The challenges Jimmy faces with losing his faith and family are probably more relatable today than ever before,” Evans said.
Evans said he has seen the Saturday Warrior’s motion picture film already.
“I have seen it” Evans said. “I grew up in the 70s. Yes, I’m old. So it took me right back to my childhood. I don’t think I ever saw the musical performed on stage, but my older sister had the album and played it nonstop.”
Evans said all the music was still in his brain, and as soon as he heard it, all the memories started coming back.
“The music really is powerful,” Evans said.
Kaitlin HaeHae, a freshman studying interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in theatre and dance, said the music from Saturday’s Warrior is cheesy, but cute.
“I grew up on it so it’s just one of those familiar Mormon things to me,” HaeHae. “It’ll definitely be popular among Mormons.”
The premiere event is on March 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Megaplex Theaters at Jordan Commons, according to the Saturday’s Warrior 2016 Facebook Web page.
The Saturday’s Warrior 2016 Facebook page offers to “Meet the full cast of Saturday’s Warrior,” “Mix and mingle with the full cast after the show,” and “Be the first to own a Saturday’s Warrior limited edition movie poster and soundtrack CD.”