The Charlottetown Festival returns to an idyllic Greek island for Mamma Mia! this summer, and rehearsals are underway for the first leg of the show’s co-production with The Grand Theatre.
The musical plays in London, Ontario from April 23 to May 18 and then The Charlottetown Festival company makes its homecoming to begin work on Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ and Kronborg—The Hamlet Rock Musical.
Mamma Mia! will play in Charlottetown from August 9 to September 28. Artistic Director of Confederation Centre of the Arts, Adam Brazier is directing the ABBA-driven phenomenon, and has announced complete casting. This week marks 20 years since the hit premiered in London’s West End.
The production stars Katie Kerr, as bride-to-be Sophie and Rebecca Poff as her single-mother Donna. Aaron Hastelow plays Sophie’s beau, Sky, while her two best friends Ali and Lisa are anchored by Hailey Lewis and Kimberly-Ann Truong.
Sophie is to be married but wants to first find her father so he can walk her down the aisle. She invites three possible men from Donna’s past to the wedding—Cam MacDuffee (the Festival’s On the Road with Dutch Mason) as Harry; Stephen Guy-McGrath (Million Dollar Quartet) as Bill, and Festival newcomer, Michael Torontow as Sam.
Rounding out the principal cast are Festival favourites Nicola Dawn Brook (Bittergirl—The Musical) and Susan Henley (Anne™) as the Super Troupers, and Tanya; as well as Connor Lucas and Anthony MacPherson as party boys, Eddie and Pepper.
Company Members are: Brittany Banks, Evan Benyacar, Nicola Dawn Brook, Rohan Dhupar, Stephen Guy-McGrath, Aaron Hastelow, Susan Henley, Sarah-Jeanne Hosie, Katie Kerr, Melissa Kramer, Hailey Lewis, Connor Lucas, Cam MacDuffee, Gray Monczka, Teddy Moynihan, Jamie Murray, Nicole Norsworthy, Rebecca Poff, Emma Rudy, Ashley St. John, Michael Torontow, and Kimberly Truong.
Production Team is: Adam Brazier, Director; Craig Fair, Music Director; Lisa Stevens, Choreographer; Cory Sincennes, Set & Costume Designer; Renée Brode, Lighting Designer; Peter McBoyle, Sound Designer; Matthew MacInnis, Stage Manager; Erika Morey, Assistant Stage Manager; and Chantal Hayman, Assistant Stage Manager.
Mamma Mia! is sponsored by Tim Hortons and plays the Homburg Theatre at Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown. Musical direction is from Craig Fair, choreography by Lisa Stevens, set and costumes by Cory Sincennes, lighting design from Renée Brode, and sound design from Peter McBoyle.