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Erin P. Alburtus

Mamma Mia!- Thursday April 7th at 7pm.

Summary: 

ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit for any theatre. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!

Director's Note:

ABBA was one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music, delivering a decade’s worth of hits between the mid-70s and mid-80s. The Swedish group, which consisted of two married couples, burst onto the scene with Waterloo in 1974, and became widely known for their energetic music and bright, colorful costumes. Turning their hits into a jukebox musical (a musical consisting of well- known popular music, often by one artist or group) was the idea of producer Judy Craymer, who met songwriters Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson in 1983. 

In 1997, Craymer commissioned Catherine Johnson to write the book for the musical, and Mamma Mia! was born. The show opened on the West End in 1999, and eventually opened on Broadway in 2001, where it enjoyed a nearly four-year run. 

Mamma Mia! is all the things a good jukebox musical should be--light, fun, colorful, and a little bit raucous. Coincidentally, those are some of the things we all need a bit of in our lives these days. Bringing this show to life with this cast and crew has truly been the highlight of my days the past three and a half months. The students have stepped up the plate and pushed themselves in many ways, dancing, singing and just having fun. I believe it has brought us all a taste of something “normal” in what has been an extremely challenging 2 years for students and teachers alike. 

I have been so proud of these students and their commitment to protecting this performance opportunity. I know so many of them, like me, will never again take for granted the opportunity to perform together, to feel the energy onstage, and to bring a performance to life. 

Never have we ever been so grateful that you can join us! We hope this show makes you smile, and maybe sing and dance a little bit, too! Thank you for coming. 

-Dr. Penna