We have attended shows put on by the South Valley Youth Theater group before, so we were very excited when they invited us back to see their production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
South Valley Youth Theater is a youth theater program that gives anyone the chance to participate in theater. Their mission statement says that they try “to create an inclusive theater arts experience for all youth, regardless of ability, which allows each participant to develop character, discover their individual potential, and grow in self-expression as they learn to work as a team to produce shows.” We love that this theater program is available for anyone, and any age. In this show there were youth ages 18 down to 8.
The shows are put on at the Alder Amphitheater at Salt Lake Community College in Taylorsville. We love the outdoor shows because they feel a little more casual and family friendly. We recommend taking a blanket to sit on, or your stadium chairs if you have them. Even in the bright summer sun, most of the seats were in the shade, so you can be comfortable for the show.
We were really impressed with this show. The teen who played Millie had a very strong voice and definitely stole the show. The boys really enjoyed Gideon (the youngest brother), and Benjamin (the 2nd oldest brother). Both of these young men could sing, and had some really fun lines. The cast was very impressive. Everyone knew their lines, and acted very well. We love to see these young people developing such strong talents in acting.
Our favorite part of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was definitely the dancing. The choreography was a lot of fun, and my boys were laughing and clapping along as the actors danced around the stage.
One thing we love to watch for in shows such as this are the creative ways that they use the set. We wondered how they would pretend an avalanche blocked the pass, and we loved how they used flashing lights for this part of the play. We also enjoyed how they turned the house area around. Sometimes it was the Pontipee home, and other times part of the town.
There are always some refreshments for sale. Everything sells for $1! We like to splurge on a few treats at this theater. We also brought our own snacks and water to enjoy while we watched the show.
Our boys have been singing the songs from this show all weekend. We love sharing the theater with them and South Valley Youth Theater is a great way to do that. They can see that young people can act, as well as see a well put together show. If you are interested in going to the show, you can find more info on their Facebook page, or check the flier below.