Brainerd Community Theatre will present “Mamma Mia!” - one of Broadway’s most enduring and endearing musicals - as its final production of its 50th anniversary summer theater season.
The musical will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Aug. 27-30, and Wednesday-Friday, Sept. 4-7, on the Chalberg Theatre stage at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
The musical is directed by Amy Borash, longtime actress and director of local theater productions and dance instructor at Music General Dance Studios. Borash also is the choreographer, and she plays the role of Donna opposite her real-life daughter Sylvia.
In addition to Borash, the creative team for the musical includes set designer Tim Leagjeld; costumes by Sharon Hartley and Deb Binda; lighting by Heidi Eckwall; technical director George Marsolek; master electrician Ben Kent; and Kay Churchill as stage manager.
Show photography is by John Erickson of Art Matters Studio and Gallery.
Tickets for the show may be purchased from the CLC Theatre Box Office at 218-855-8199 or online at www.clcperformingarts.com.
“Mamma Mia” is the seventh-longest running musical in London’s West End and the ninth-longest in the history of Broadway musicals. The show draws upon the music of ABBA, the internationally popular music group that had multiple No. 1 hits between 1972-82.
Using such well-known songs as “Waterloo,” “The Winner Takes it All,” “Dancing Queen” and the title song, the musical is set on a small Greek island. Sophie dreams of the perfect wedding, but is plagued by one mystery: She doesn’t know the identity of her biological father.
To have the perfect wedding, Sophie wants her father to give her away. After finding and reading her mother’s diaries, she invites to her wedding three men who are the likeliest candidates. The resulting collision of the past with a dreamed-of future challenges the relationship Sophie has with her mother, Donna, and provides the other wedding guests with unexpected drama.