Mamma Mia! Musical a smashing good time at Albert College!
In its tradition of artistic excellence, Albert College brought the famous musical, Mamma Mia! to life this past weekend, February 7, 8 and 9, to a sold-out crowd for its three-night run of the show.
Senior School students from Grades 9 to 12 delivered an outstanding performance of the smash-hit Broadway musical Mamma Mia! that was full of laughs and the unforgettable songs of ABBA.
In a story that runs deep with a message of self-discovery and true love, Mamma Mia! follows the life of Sophie Sheridan, played by Grade 12 student Remy, as she tries to discover the identity of her father by inviting the three possible “dads” to her wedding.
Written by British playwright Catherine Johnson and based on the songs of ABBA, the music was composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, who are former members of the original band. Since its debut in 1999, Mamma Mia! has been seen by over 54 million people worldwide and has been translated into 14 different languages! It is ranked as the ninth longest running production in Broadway musical history. The 2008 movie adaptation rekindled the magic of the show on the big screen, becoming an instant classic and sparking the inspiration for students to perform the musical this year.
Albert College has an enriched performing arts program that features musical theatre, plays, choirs, and many instrumental ensembles. Over 50 students from Grades 9 to 12 were involved in creating the production elements including singing, acting, dancing, lighting, publicity, sound, costumes, set design, hair and make up.
“It was fun to have this generation of students discover the music of ABBA from the 1970's and 80's. The students have been working diligently since September in rehearsal and put on a great show,” said Leslie Austin-Profit, Director and Head of the Arts Department at Albert College.