This fall, Severna Park High School is putting on the musical “Mamma Mia!” accompanied by a live band. “Mamma Mia!” was written by Catherine Johnson in 1999, and it incorporates a collection of songs by ABBA.
The show is set in the Greece Islands at a hotel owned by the overworked Donna Sheridan, played by senior Isabel Gonzalez. Donna is arranging wedding plans for her daughter Sophie, played by junior Sarah Kalafos, and her fiancé, Sky, played by sophomore Nick Ivey, when three of her past lovers and potential fathers of Sophie make a sudden appearance the day before the wedding. Taken aback, Donna continues to plan the wedding; however, she is confronted by her past.
The cast of “Mamma Mia!” has been rehearsing every day for almost two months under director Angela Germanos. Junior Rachel Hartley plays Sophie's friend Lisa. She said she “can already tell the show is going to be full of energy and talent.”
Severna Park High School productions allow students to be involved within leadership roles, such as student directors and band leaders. There are two student directors of “Mamma Mia!” — junior Emily Allgair and senior Josie Horrell. Both are working alongside Germanos to produce a fantastic show. Senior Ricardo Calvo is the band leader for the production. Other student musicians and he are accompanying the whole show, rehearsing weekly to perfect the score.
There is a lot of work done behind the scenes — costumes to make, sets to build, dances to choreograph and much more. “It’s the energy involved within the cast, creating an uplifting experience,” said Lacey Ordakowski, a junior.
Despite the heavy workload, students are passionate and excited about the production. Junior Zoe Smith is a part of the musical’s vocal ensemble.
“I am looking forward to seeing the show come together and watching our hard work shine,” said Smith. Other students, such as senior Abby Burns, who plays Rosie, are optimistic. “I can’t wait to do what I love, performing every night with all my closest friends,” she said.
The show will run November 9-11 and November 16-17. Tickets can be purchased at www.sphsdrama.com, which also has a promo video.