Strong cast, crew showcase passion in musical


Jonny Ratner

Senior Bella Estes gets in the groove while rehearsing the play.

Brianna Tang , Assistant A&E Editor

This fall’s musical, Mamma Mia, directed by Fine and Performing Arts teacher Maura Morrison, will be showcased Nov. 21-23 in the auditorium.

The story follows a twenty-year-old girl named Sophie who is about to get married and wants to have her father escort her down the aisle, but she doesn’t know who her actual father is, as her mother Donna had multiple lovers. She decides to invite three men that could potentially be her father to her wedding; however, she doesn’t tell her mother about this plan, leading to chaos. 

Some of the production’s leads include sophomore Sarah Boush as Sophie, sophomore Mari Fellenbaum as Ali, senior Ben MacNeil as Sky and junior Miranda Slingluff as Donna. 

“Mamma Mia is a super high-energy show, and it’s going to be really fun for audiences to watch,” Fellenbaum said. 

Besides the actresses and actors, there are a lot of people involved in the production including musical director Kathrine Waters, pit conductor Eric Vincent, choreographer Denise Day and costume director Brian Kelly. 

“Even though I am the director technically, I really do feel like I am a part of a production team,” Morrison said.  

The music is based off a group from the ’70s called ABBA and unlike most musicals, the music in this production existed before the storyline was created. Mamma Mia pieces songs from ABBA together to create a storyline, which makes it unique.

“I hope people know that the work going into this production is incredible and that this is the most dedicated and motivated cast I have ever had the pleasure of working with,” Slingluff said.

An inside look at the “Mamma Mia” moments

What is one thing the school should know?

Sophomore Sarah Boush: “The production is going to be such a fun show! It’s basically just one big party on a greek island.”

Senior Preston Green: “[The play] will have an incredible moving set, and the costumes will be fantastic.”

Favorite scene?

Sophomore Mari Fellenbaum: “Dancing Queen”

Favorite song?

Junior Miranda Slingluff:  “I’m a little partial to ‘Winner Takes it All,’ but I think my favorite would have to be ‘Dancing Queen’ because it’s such an iconic and fun song.” 

What is one word or phrase that describes the play?

Sophomore Thomas Davis: “A jolly good time!”