A musical comedy by Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus
Directed by Laurie Harrison
Audition Dates: February 15 & 16 at 1:00 p.m.
The Strand Theatre – 217 East Superior, Alma
Performance Dates: May 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10
MAMMA MIA! is a romantic comedy, contrasting the dreams and aspirations of a 70’s girl and a 90’s girl. Through the storytelling magic of the songs of ABBA, we meet Donna, a feisty, independent single-parent, who doesn’t need a man to make her life complete; and her twenty-year-old daughter, Sophie, who wants romance, babies and a big, white wedding. If only her father could give her away…if only her mother could tell her who her father is…
Sun, sea, love, and subterfuge are the backdrop to this tale of the woman who wanted to have it all, and the girls who want happy ever after.
For those auditioning for the chorus only - you will be asked to sing a song selected by the choral director as well as scales to test your range. There will also be a dance audition for those wishing to dance in the show. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes you can move in. If you are auditioning for a principal or featured role you will be asked to sing a song from the show. You will also be asked to read selected scenes. If you have any questions, feel free to call Laurie at 989.576.0863 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While everyone will sing and dance to some extent, there will be featured dancers who will hardly be required to sing and there will be an ever-present chorus (in the true sense of the word), singing in virtually every number with limited movement. There will also be everything in between. A key component of this chorus will be its reflection of our own society and in this respect, we are hoping to attract performers of all shapes, sizes, and ages. The uniting factor on stage will be the energy, spirit, and delight that are magically contained in the music of ABBA, and our ambition will be to package up that joy and deliver it into the audience. Being part of this ensemble offers a very exciting opportunity.
Donna Sheridan - Sophie’s mother. Honest, straight and hard-working. Former lead singer of the Dynamos.
Sophie Sheridan - Donna’s headstrong 21-year-old daughter. She is young, bright and energetic.
Tanya Cresham-Leigh - One of Donna’s oldest and best friends. Wild, fun-loving and a big character who flirts mercilessly with young men.
Rosie Mulligan - Donna’s friend and former member of the Dynamos; unmarried, free-spirited and a renowned author of cookbooks. A character who has developed a confident, funny and self-deprecating exterior.
Sam Carmichael - One of Sophie’s Potential fathers and a wealthy architect. Sam has regretted leaving Donna all his life and now finds himself divorced and back in her presence. He is strait-laced, confident and composed.
Harry Bright - Another of Sophie’s potential fathers and a respected London banker, (English). Once a head-banging, partying musician who went down the straight road - at least with his career. He is a quirky nice guy.
Bill Austin - Another of Sophie’s potential fathers. He is a well-known travel writer; Bill has visited the far reaches of the earth. (often English or Australian). Lots of comedy and a golden heart within.
Sky - Sophie’s fiancé, a former stockbroker who moved to the island in a young version of a mid-life crisis. He is older than Sophie (25-32, American).
Ali & Lisa - Sophie’s friends who have traveled to the island for the wedding. (early 20s, American) A supporting double-act of bubbly, bridesmaid excitement.
Pepper - A flirty waiter at the Taverna featured through his brief relationship with Tanya. (20-25, could be from anywhere). Hot, energetic and fun-loving, makes a great double-act with Eddie. Opportunity for a good mover.
Eddie - A waiter, boatman, and handyman at the Taverna. Other half of double-act with Pepper. (20-30, American). Fairly non-specific. Opportunity for a good young character actor to create something interesting.
Father Alexandrios - The minister who officiates Sophie’s wedding. Often a heavy-weight Greek Orthodox priest, this is a potentially delightful little role for a character actor of non-specified gender.