Life is wonderful when you can share it with someone who has the same passions and goals.
But, as Maria Louisa (Krista Hales, no relation to the Hale family that runs the theater) discovers in "I'll Remember You" at the Hale Center Theater Orem, it doesn't help when you want to share a passion and you are someone else's passion.Hales plays a young violinist who has a passion for her music. She is living with her reserved Austrian father/musician Laszlo (Joel A. Osborne) and is practicing hard for a competition.
Enter Marion (Marsha Stum), Maria's socialite mother, who is divorced from Laszlo and has arrived with friends on a tour of Europe.
Enter conflict. Marion wants Maria to go on vacation with them in Switzerland for a week, but Laszlo says she must practice for the competition. Maria must decide between her parents.
Enter the son of Marion's traveling companion, Gary (Brent Jorganson), who discovers a passion for Maria, and Franz (Cody Hale), a local Austrian who composes and shares Maria's love for music. Maria must decide between the suitors.
But conflicts in Hale plays seem to solve themselves very nicely and believably.
Hales captures everyone's heart when she plays her violin, especially as she performs the first movement of Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto to an orchestra backtrack, not an easy feat.
And, though his short biography says he has not acted for 15 years, Franz (Hale) makes it very easy for the audience to want Maria to choose him. He also boasts a beautiful tenor voice that finally sweeps Maria off her feet.
Judy Cook as Jeanie, Gary's sister, adds just the right amount of laughs as an American airhead who helps us see what American tourists probably look like to Europeans.
Osborne as Laszlo has just the right amount of accent and shows just the right amount of love for a stern Austrian father.
Others include Renae Powell as Mariseha, Maureen Eastwood as Anna, DiAnne Shepherd as Audrey (Marion's traveling companion), and Vonda Skousen as Sari, who accompanies Hales on most of her violin solos.
"I'll Remember You" is a little more serious and poignant than other Hale plays, but it is nonetheless spiced with humor and just the right amount of emotion.
The play has never been performed in Utah. Ruth Hale said they were just waiting for the right violinist.
Hales played the part a year ago at the Hale Theater in California and then came to Brigham Young University, Hale said. "We had to do the play here because she was here."
There were a few dropped and improvised lines in Monday's performance, but it didn't detract from the story line and will assuredly get smoother as time goes on.
And if anyone has ever wanted to share a passion or deep feelings with someone, even if it isn't classical music or the violin, they will be able to relate to some part of this play.