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Biola’s Musical Theater Scenes Production

A fun night of singing and dancing.
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Courtesy of Susanna Vaughan

On April 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m., Biola’s Conservatory of Music and School of Fine Arts and Communication hosted the Musical Theater Scenes production in the Crowell Music Building. It was a composition of songs from a variety of popular musicals. 

The cast opened with songs from multiple plays and musicals.

  • “Prologue” from “Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812”
  • “Out There” from “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”
  • “Breathe” from “In the Heights”
  •  “In My Dreams” from “Anastasia”
  •   “Come Home with Me/Wedding Song” from “Hadestown”
  •  “I’ve Decided to Marry You” from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”
  • “Gaston” from “Beauty and the Beast”
  • “Masquerade” from “The Phantom of the Opera”
  • “When the Chips are Down” from “Hadestown”
  •  “One Day More” from “Les Miserables”
  • “Move On” from “Sunday in the Park George”
  • “From Now On” from “The Greatest Showman”

“It’s an amalgamation of a bunch of different musicals. Just a bunch of songsters having fun performing hits from contemporary musicals,” senior theater major Jesenya Rivera-Puls said. 

Rivera-Puls played several roles, including Nina in the song “Breathe” from “In the Heights,” a silly girl in “Gaston” from “Beauty and the Beast” and Clotho the Fate in “When the Chips are Down” from “Hadestown.” Rivera-Puls was also the dance captain for this production. 

In preparation for the performance, the singers rehearsed three times a week throughout the course of the semester, piecing together the production one number at a time. 

“There’s a wide range of performers, from people who are trained singers to others for whom this is their very first musical experience,” Rivera-Puls said. “It’s a lot of fun with some classics and some contemporary hits.”

This production was thoughtfully put together and gave each performer the opportunity to show off their amazing voices. The opening number was unique and attention-grabbing, setting up for the remainder of the production. Each song was engaging and entertaining, leading up to the astounding final performance of “From Now On,” which provided an amazing end to the night.

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Shelby LaPorte
Shelby LaPorte, Staff Writer
Shelby LaPorte is a freshman journalism major with a concentration in writing and publishing. She loves to read, paint, draw, watch movies and shows and go on adventures with her friends. I was born and raised in Fremont, California, about an hour's drive from San Francisco. I’ve moved a total of five times throughout my life and two of these happened in the last three years. I never moved far and remained in the same school district my whole life. Growing up, I spent my time dancing and swimming. These were my great passions for a long time. The summer after I had graduated from high school, I was given a letter that I had written to myself in 6th grade. In this letter, I wrote that I was going to go to Biola. This goes to show that I had known for a long time that Biola was the school for me. I remember visiting the school when I was around ten years old and it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with it. Biola felt like home and from that moment on I knew exactly where my life was going in terms of college.  Though I’ve always loved reading and writing, I never imagined that I would become a journalist. Like a lot of young girls, I dreamed of being a professional ballerina and when that fizzled out, I wanted to be an Olympic swimmer. At some point, I moved beyond these unlikely dreams and landed on nursing. I had no reasoning or understanding of why I wanted to become a nurse, but my mind had been made up. When I came to Biola last fall, I began my nursing journey. However, about halfway through the semester, I took a moment to think about what I was doing and realized this wasn’t where I was meant to be. I stumbled upon the idea that journalism may be the career path for me and this semester is my first as a journalism major. I’m so excited to see what God has in store for me for the rest of my time at Biola.
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