Originally published by Hannah Lee ’20 on The MacDuffie Magnet. MacDuffie’s Winter Musical, “Mamma Mia!”, is scheduled to run from Friday, Feb. 28 through Sunday, Mar. 1, 2020.
The theater department held “Mamma Mia!” auditions on Dec. 9 to Dec. 11 in the Little Theater.
“Mamma Mia!” includes pop music from the group ABBA that was not written to be a musical. Art Department Chair and Theater Teacher Becky Beth Benedict, who is both the director and the producer said, “the songs are really catchy, and it would be a really good opportunity for us to make the audience feel easier that way.”
She also highlights that it is the first musical including the bagpipes. Compared to past productions, the musicians are also going to be playing more rock and roll instruments such as electric guitars. She is planning to have interactive activities such as photo zones and games for the audience as well.
“I am obsessed with this show. Just talking about it makes me smile… I am excited to make plans, plan all the props, and to have people in the room with me who are also in love with the productions,” said Benedict. She expects the performers to be excited because the show is all about joy.
The show “Mamma Mia!” is about a mother and daughter that live on an island in Greece. The daughter, Sophie, is going to be married soon, but the mother, Donna, is uncertain about the marriage. At the same time, Sophie wants to find out who her father is. After she coincidentally reads her mom’s old journal, she finds out that she has three possible fathers (Bill, Sam, and Harry) and invites all of them to her wedding. Donna invites her enthusiastic best friends who were in the same band as her when they were younger. The mother soon finds out that the fathers are on the island, worries more about her daughter’s marriage and realizes that she is still in love with one of them.
Benedict wants to point out two things: “One, to the people who are thinking, kind of, sort of, possibly, the show is going to be so fun to get involved whatever roles you get. So be brave.” Since thirty people signed up already, she believes there is going to be some competition for leading roles. She is excited to see who is going to show up and eventually come together.
“Last, to anyone who wants to see the show, get the tickets quickly because it is going to be sold out fast.”