Feb 23 – Apr 8
Gilliam Stage at Barter Theatre
“ABBA-lutely Fabulous! The ultimate feel-good show!” EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND! ORIGINAL BARTER CAST
Music and Lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus and some songs with Stig Anderson, Book by Catherine Johnson
Sophie has just one wedding wish: for her father to walk her down the aisle. Now she just has to find out who he is... Join the music, laughter and fun of the irresistibly charming musical celebration of mothers, daughters and fathers, and true loves lost and new ones found. Featuring more than 20 ABBA songs including “Dancing Queen,” “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme (A Man After Midnight),” “Super Trouper” and “Take a Chance on Me.” This show is the feel-good experience that will have you singing and dancing over and over and over again.
“If you see the wonder
Of a fairy tale...”
—“I Have a Dream” Mamma Mia!
Is there a broken, or missing branch in your family tree? A gnawing wonder?
The young Sophie in Mamma Mia! sings of a hope. A dream. A fantasy “to help her through reality” of not knowing her father. In my own family, I too have missing elements.
Sophie isn’t much different from my mother who was adopted. My mother, near daily, wonders aloud of who are the two missing pieces to her family. Yes, her husband, two sons, friends, numerous packs of dogs, and environment are and remain as her family. But she still wonders. Who?
I’ve never known of maternal grandparents or potential uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews. My reality of a family is larger than the mystery of “who?” Mamma Mia! embraces the discovery that ‘family’ reaches far deeper than blood, a journey both Sophie, her mother Donna, and I live.
Much of my adolescence was lived in the Delaware Valley (the Philadelphia area). Obviously, I have an a affinity for cheesesteaks, the Phillies, Philly soft pretzels, and I am devoted to a wondrous convenience store chain called Wawa. More importantly I have a love for the people—both friends and passersby—of the Delaware Valley. The sense of community within the Philadelphia metropolitan area is fervent. It’s familiar. Odd as it will seem to you, all that is within the Delaware Valley—cheesesteaks, friends, and Wawa—is my family, along with my blood relations.
For Sophie (as with my mother, myself, my brother and his daughter) until the hope of knowing her full family—that happy ending of Sophie’s fairytale—is fulfilled, Sophie’s environment, her mother, Tanya, Rosie, her fiancé, and friends within Mamma Mia! is ‘family.’ Possibly, that missing branch—the identity of Sophie’s father—is also family. Emptiness encourages hope. Hope and wonderment are kind siblings to call family. As for Sophie? Her fairytale delivers her a family threefold.
Director, Mamma Mia!
Cast & Credits
Sophie Sheridan: Hope Quinn
Ali: Annie Simpson
Lisa: Sarah Laughland
Tanya: Hannah Ingram
Rosie: Paris Bradstreet
Donna Sheridan: Tricia Matthews
Sky: Justin Tyler Lewis
Pepper: Josh Levinson
Eddie: Andrew Hampton Livingston
Harry Bright: Nicholas Piper
Bill Austin: Rick McVey
Sam Carmichael: Nick Koesters
Minister: Zacchaeus Kimbrell
Ensemble: Carrie Smith Lewis, Joseph Matthew Veale, Zacchaeus Kimbrell, Ryan Featherstone, Jenna Haimes, Terrance Jackson, Katherine Lyle, Connor James Reilly, Sarah Vishnev
Conductor/Keyboards: Lee Harris
Guitars: Gill Braswell
Drums/Percussion: Jerry C. Greene
Director: Paul Russell
Choreographer: Amanda Aldridge
Music Director: Lee Harris
Set Designer: Richard Finkelstein
Costume Designer: Howard Tsvi Kaplan
Assistant Costume Designer: Lee Alexander Martin
Wig & Makeup Designer: Whitney Kaibel
Lighting Designer: Andrew Morehouse
Sound Designer: Tony Angelini
Stage Manager: Cindi A. Raebel
Assistant Stage Manager: Victoria L. Sutton
Assistant to the Choreographer: Sarah Laughland
Dance Captain: Sarah Laughland