Lewiston/Auburn Community Little Theatre will stage the ABBA musical “Mamma Mia” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9 and Aug. 10, 15, 16 and 17 and at 2 p.m. Aug. 11 and 18 at the theatre on Academy Street in Auburn.

“Mamma Mia” ran over 14 years on Broadway, making it the 9th longest running show in Broadway history. The music, all originally composed by
the Swedish Pop Group ABBA, includes such hits as “Dancing Queen,” “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Voulez-Vous,” “SOS” and of course the title track.

When young Sophie Sheridan decides to get married, she wants her father to be at the wedding. The problem is — she doesn’t know who her father is.

Donna (Eileen Messina), left, and Sophie (Sophie Messina) share a moment before the wedding in “Mama Mia.”

After reading her mom’s diary, Sophie discovers it could be one of three men — and so she invites all three of them to the wedding, but under her mom’s name. When they all arrive, Sophie realizes she has no idea which one is her dad. Meanwhile, Donna’s two best friends arrive — just as the three exes breeze in! Donna is beside herself and Sophie has less than 24 hours to sort it all out before the wedding.

Eileen Messina will portray Donna Sheridan and her daughter Sophie Sheridan will be portrayed by her real-life daughter Sophie Messina. Donna’s best friends, Tanya and Rosie, will be played by Jennifer McClure Groover and Michelle Schmitt.
The three “fathers” will include Gerry Therrien as American architect Sam Carmichael, Nathan White as the English banker Harry Bright, and Chad Jacobson as Aussie adventurer Bill Austin. Chris Hodgkin will undertake the role of Sky, Sophie’s fiancée, and the supporting roles will include Sophie’s best friends Ali and Lisa will be played by Megan Record and Janelle Raven while Sky’s best friends Eddie and Pepper will be played by Danny Gay and Noah Keneborus. A special guest appearance will be made by Jim McKinley as Father Alexandrios.

“Mamma Mia” includes a Women’s Chorus, who are Sophie’s close friends: Phoebe Armillotti, Lacey Moyse, Brittany Paradis, Mackenzie Richard, Brooke Shelley and Justine Wiesinger. The Men’s Chorus, who are all Sky’s friends, will include Jeffrey Fairfield, Gregory Judd, Andrew Lachapelle, Jude Leaver, Kyle Mansur and Benjamin Simpson.

In addition, the play will include a vocal ensemble, a group of singers who will assist backstage on the harmonies and back up singing needed. The ensemble members are: Ken Mansur, Debby Mansur, Sara Caron, Sophie Carson, Jancie Cazneau, Isabella Cooper, Louise
Groover, Abigail Hart, Ana Moreno, Charlotte Morin, Sara Morrison, Paris Pierce, Kathryn Ross and Madeleine Vaillancourt.

For tickets, visit LACLT.com or call 783-0958.


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