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SALT LAKE CITY — Members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir had an unusual evening — watching a movie together — a movie about them.
"Singing with Angels" is a feature film in which choir members co-star and actors tell their inspiring stories.
"It's not a documentary, instead it's a story-driven piece that follows our main character and we interwove these true experiences into our character's life," said
Brian Brough, director and producer of the film.
In the movie trailer, you see images of the choir and hear the voice of a woman who wants to be one of them.
"Every Sunday, 360 voices come together to sing, to praise, to inspire. To become one of those voices, well, it's hard."
In a scene at the Christus statue in the North Visitors Center on Temple Square, actress Sarah Kent hears comforting words.
"There's a lot in life we don't understand but that's when we can trust in God."
Kent said her character is someone the audience will recognize.
"Somebody that you probably can relate to in your family. And she has a goal to be in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir because she has that talent with singing. So this follows that journey, that process. We always have someone there to help us, to guide us. It doesn't matter who we are."
Before filming started, the choir's president took the idea to the choir's advisor,
President Thomas S. Monson. Ron Jarrett, President of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir asked for his OK.
"He gave his permission with the caveat that he wanted to see it," said Jarrett. "So I said, 'I'm sure we can arrange that.'"
So what does the title "Singing with Angels" mean?
In the film, an actress playing a choir member says, "Even though the choir sang so beautifully, many times I felt like we were singing with angels."
"Whether or not you have a church you go to on Sunday, that when we're doing music and it's with the intent to benefit others, that there is a higher power that helps us," said Kent.
On Wednesday, the choir singers gathered for a special screening.
"I thought it was a beautiful representation of our lives as choir members; a beautiful story of a woman's journey… very touching," said Michelle Scott of Bulffdale.
"I didn't know anything of the story until we saw it tonight and it was very, very touching," said Lane Miller of Payson.
Brough said the film's message is more than just about the choir and their talents.
"Overall, the message is not about the choir, it's about the power that music has on people. About how it can provide hope, it can help us heal, it can help us experience a lot of joys in life."
"Singing with Angels" opens in theaters throughout Utah this Friday.