It’s a trip down memory lane, as Villanova Players performed the broadway musical hit; Mamma Mia, directed by Ms M.J. Grado with musical director, Ann Marie Brunet.
So what’s the story all about? Sophie is getting married to the love of her life, Sky. Everything is perfect, except for one small little detail. She doesn’t know who her real father is. Sleuthing around in her mom’s diary, Sophie discovers that she has 3 possible fathers. Her mother, Donna, won’t divulge much of her past, so instead of playing “eeny, meeny, miny, moe” and inviting either Harry, Sam or Bill, Sophie decides she will just invite all of them! Once they arrive, she’ll know who her father is right away, right? Well that may not be the case. The only secret she desperately needs to keep is her mom from finding out.
A few highlights of the show:
The choreographed dance sequences were so entertaining, especially one particular scene from “Lay All Your Love On Me” which had a hilarious flipper-dancing group making the audience roar with laughter.
Donna (played by Regan White) was phenomenal. A true shining star and hit every high note. She was able to command the stage with ease. Her chemistry with Sam (played by Justin Bobbie) was heartwarming and my personal favourite was their “SOS” duet.
Sophie (played by Charlotte Salisbury) is a fun role that was made easier with Charlotte’s angelic vocal chops. Her ability to show vulnerability in the character really makes for a promising future in theatre.
The finale was full of vibrant energy from the entire cast, not to mention some snazzy glittered costume choices that you’ll probably want to parade around in while belting out Abba tunes.
I will say that I am absolutely delighted to see the blooming talent that stepped foot onto the stage. It’s not an easy thing to do at all, so a big congratulations to all the cast and thank you for the music!