My, my – how can you resist the sound of ABBA’s lively music, especially when “Mamma Mia!,” the hit musical inspired by the Swedish pop group’s hit songs, takes the stage at Broadneck High School the weekends of February 21-23 and March 1-2, featuring the talents of nearly 50 student singers, dancers and actors.
Set at a resort on a fictional Greek island, the story follows young bride Sophie and mom Donna over the course of 24 hours leading up to Sophie’s wedding. Behind Donna’s back, Sophie has invited three of her mom’s old boyfriends, any of whom might be her father. But the reunion doesn’t go exactly as planned, Donna realizes she still has a lot of feelings she hasn’t moved past, and Sophie’s wedding could potentially become a huge disaster if she can’t sort everything out quickly. The result is an equal parts hilarious and heartwarming story about family, friendship and second chances at love.
Audiences are sure to have just as much fun revisiting all of ABBA’s greatest hits as the cast does performing them. “The great thing about this show is you can sit through a five-hour rehearsal and then get in the car and jam out to more ‘Mamma Mia’ songs on the drive home,” said Camille White, who plays Sophie.
The high-energy songs and dances have demanded endless time and energy from the students. “This show has a lot of music, which means a lot of lyrics and dances to learn,” said Katie Garrity, who plays Rosie, one of Donna’s friends. “But it’s all worth it because every time we nail a number or a scene flows really well, I just get more and more excited to get this show open for the public to see.”
The production is directed by Dylan Roche, music directed by Andrew Lincoln, and choreographed by Katy Stratchko.
The cast includes Camille White, Claire Hatcher, Hope Gilbert, Katie Garrity, Jack Leitess, Jack Kelly, Owen Hoggard, Jamie Fong, Mitch Bereznay, Matthew Haggerty, Madison Sokolowski, Noe Segree, Taliyah German, Sara McCoy, Mallory Snodgrass, Madi Anderson, Nellie Bowers, Jessica Brodt, Abigail Connick, Anna Feick, Jordan Fuhrman, Caitlin Gillespie, Ian Groat, Jordan Hakala, Evan Hilborn, Zoe Hines, Camille Jones, Peter Kandra, Madeline Lager, Christina Abella Machin, Ryley Montagne, Noah Nicholson, Nick Sade, Ben Novak, Kate Pass, Francis Peria, Georgia Pickard, Adler Pommerenn, Kailey Pritchard, Emily Shipley, Keely Sigley, Destiny Smith, Siobhan Sullivan, Margot Titgemeyer, Hadlee Walker, Juliana Turner and Brooke Weilminster.
Performances are at 7:00pm on February 21, 22 and 23, and March 1 and 2, and at 2:00pm on February 23. For tickets, visit www.showtix4u.com/events/2240.