- Performing Arts
- Senior High School
Benilde-St. Margaret’s high school drama students are pleased to present the beloved ensemble musical Mamma Mia! to the community Thursday, April 27 - Sunday, April 30 in the Hamburge Theater.
When asked what audiences should expect, show lead Audrey Taylor ‘24 said people will have a good time, “Mamma Mia! is easily one of the most entertaining shows I’ve ever been in. Every scene has something for someone and the numbers are engaging and upbeat. It’s anything but boring.”
The show follows the story of Donna, a free spirited hotel owner, as she prepares for her daughter Sophie’s wedding on a Greek island. While Donna is busy with wedding preparations, Sophie takes a risk and quietly invites three men from her mother’s past to the island in hopes to identify her father without Donna’s knowledge. Punctuated by songs from Swedish supergroup ABBA, the musical sees Sophie unravel the mystery of her parentage.
Students have been hard at work since late February preparing for the musical’s intricate ensemble numbers with the help of Emmy award winning choreographer and Broadway veteran, Linda Talcott Lee. While she has been working with BSM for spring shows since the mid 2000s, choreographing Mamma Mia! was no small task, considering the 50-person cast size. “This is one of the largest productions I’ve been a part of,” said show lead Michael McDonald ‘24. “It has been great to see how many people have shown up and stepped up.”
Heightened interest in the production resulted in more student participation. Director Jake Mahler said, “I am so thrilled to have had the chance to work with such a big group of talented and enthusiastic kids. The energy they bring to the big group numbers is incredible. And they are able to bring so much heart to the deeper moments. I think the audiences will get a good combo of laughing, toe-tapping, and heartstring tugging.”
Mamma Mia! debuts at BSM on Thursday, April 27 at 7 p.m., with additional shows on Friday, April 28 at 7 p.m, Saturday, April 29 at 7 p.m, and Sunday, April 30 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available online or at the door. Parents should note this show contains some themes that may be inappropriate for young viewers.