From the opening song providing important information and directing guests where to find the exit, to the final audience-assisted finale in sing-a-long pop bliss, “Mamma Mia!” was a complete and utter delight. Sold out performances featured the music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA with a story taking place on a Greek island paradise on the eve of the daughter’s wedding.
Sophie, adeptly played by Kaylin Gines, seeks to discover the identity of her father. She has invited three potential candidates (portrayed by Aidan Fracker, Aiden Bjortvedt and Anthony Morehead) from Donna’s, Sophie’s mother played by Peytann Tamasi, past to the island.
What ensues is comedy, peppered with pop tunes to dive into the issues. Opening with Kaylin’s soulful, “I Have a Dream,” followed by a description of the beaus in “Honey, Honey” accompanied by bridesmaids Ali and Lisa played by Alia Rodriguez and Maya Mills. Donna takes the stage with the Dynamos, Tanya and Rosie played by Isabella Crider and Judy Hassanein for the beloved anthems of “Mamma Mia” and “Dancing Queen.” These ladies provided great support to the leads, providing hilarity and outstanding vocals.
The quips and innuednos continue as the potential dads arrive, ready to enjoy a wedding and reunion with Donna, unaware of the true purpose of the invite. Bill, Harry and Sam (Anthony, Aiden and Aidan) are a wonderful trio who work so well together with great comedic abilities, and each “dad” develops a sweet relationship with his daughter, Sophie.
Kaylin and Peytann drove the story superbly with strong vocals, vulnerability and exceptional comedic delivery. The ensemble was critical in adding fullness to each song; setting the tone of bustling, pre-wedding activities of preparation and festive atmosphere; providing comic relief – the boys dancing in flippers choreography for “Lay All Your Love on Me,” was a highlight; and the wonderfully choreographed dancing throughout made these performances memorable. Every performance ended with the entire audicence on their feet, dancing and singing along. Everyone clearly enjoyed the performances – and “Thank you for music, the songs I’m singing, Thanks for all the joy they’re bringing!”
Congratulations to MVA Theatre Department for another successful production! Thank you to all of the volunteers, staff, faculty, and students who make the events run smoothly.