SALT LAKE CITY — How do you audition for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and what is it like to be a member?
Those are two questions filmmakers address in "Singing with Angels," an upcoming movie featuring the world-famous musical group.
While the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been the subject of various documentaries, this is the first time the all-volunteer, 360-member choir will be the main topic of a full-length feature film. The movie will premiere in theaters in April 2016.
Candlelight Media Group Inc. is producing the movie in cooperation with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Candlelight's Brian Brough ("16 Stones," "Nowhere Safe" and "Scents and Sensibility") is the director and producer. His sister, Brittany Wiscombe ("Changing Hearts," "Nowhere Safe," and "Christmas Angel"), wrote the screenplay.
The movie has been in full production this week with scenes being filmed at Temple Square, Abravanel Hall, Ogden, West Valley City and Lehi, among other Utah locations.
Members of the choir are considered musical ambassadors for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Over the years, the choir's work has earned numerous awards, honors and accolades.
"The choir is delighted to be collaborating on this film with Candlelight Media," Ron Jarrett, choir president, said in a press release. "The story of the film will be an affirmation that the choir’s music can bring peace and hope and transform lives."
The story follows a fictional woman's experience of auditioning for and becoming a member of the choir. While the main character is fictional, the events portrayed are based on true experiences related by current and former members of the choir.
"We see the influence the choir can have on people's lives, both members and everyday people," Wiscombe said.
Themes in the movie include the difference a person can make in the world and the power of music, Brough said.
"Music can really influence us, strengthen us or take us down. We want to show the positive effects of music," Brough said. "The film shows several experiences where music has a certain power and brings a certain spirit that can change people's lives. I hope people can feel (that) through the examples we show and relate it to their own lives."
Brough also noted the film is not just for members of the LDS Church but is for all audiences that enjoy the choir's music.
"If you love the choir and their music, you are going to love this movie. You will not feel preached to," Brough said. "You can feel the spirit of the music that you feel every week as you watch them."
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