Thursday, March 30th, 2017 7:30 pm (11 days, Mar 30 to Apr 8)

Mamma Mia!

By: Barter Theatre


Thursday, March 30th, 2017 7:30 pm
127 W Main St Abingdon VA 24210
Prices Vary / Unspecified
Call Barter Theatre at (276) 628-3991


“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. Director's Notes “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 fiance?, 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. Paul Russell Director, Mamma Mia! Cast & Credits Cast 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 Musicians Conductor/Keyboards: Lee Harris Guitars: Gill Braswell Drums/Percussion: Jerry C. Greene Collaborators 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 Corporate Sponsors CGI Media Sponsors WJHL

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