“Come From Away” features an original Celtic, folk-rock score with British influences and world music elements that add to the uplifting tone of the story. The song “Prayer” interweaves different religious music along with original sounds to create a piece that is both vocally beautiful and carries a moment of reflection for the ensemble and audience. 

This story centers on the two different groups of peoplethe Newfoundlanders and the people aboard the flightsas they learn about the tragedy of the terrorist attacks and mourn together. The similarities between the two groups become more and more apparent as they open their hearts and homes to one another. 

“There is something about a collective catharsis of going through a shared trauma that does bond people and unify communities. It crosses over religion, politics, culture and ethnicity,” Aubrey said. 

The characters are loosely based on real people like Beverly Bass and her crew. The cast members were able to meet with and review countless interviews of their real-life counterparts before beginning production. 

“Come From Away” has a small cast of 12 actors and actresses who are on stage throughout the show. These cast members all play multiple roles that showcase the diverse experiences of those that found themselves in Gander at the time. 

“It's not just me in the spotlight or someone else in the spotlight. We all have moments, but we all tell the story together. You can tell that we all are helping each other, and we all love each other; we're proud of the story we're telling together,” Aubrey said. 

Audiences can expect moments that are sincere and reflective, followed by genuine moments of human interaction and lighthearted humor. The musical emphasizes the connection that was made between the people involved and shows why that connection has stood the test of time, even two decades later.  

“People walk away feeling like we have more that unites us than we have that divides us,” Aubrey said. “We're all human beings, and there's nothing wrong with being kind and looking after each other even if we're different.” 

“Come From Away” will be at ASU Gammage from June 14–19. For tickets and more information, visit asugammage.com/shows-events/come-away.