Mamma Mia! Lights up the SMA Stage
Our student body erupted with excitement when they heard this year’s spring production would be the iconic jukebox musical, Mamma Mia! This excitement has been felt throughout the school as students prepare for Opening Night on Friday, February 23rd.
Our team of fine arts educators chose this production of Mamma Mia! as, what Brittany Newell, SMA Orchestra Director called, a “fun pivot” from last year’s production of Into the Woods. The choice to stage Into the Woods came after the passing of composer and theater icon, Stephen Sondheim in late 2021. “We felt strongly about the opportunity for the students to engage in his work and pay tribute to one of the most influential theatre artists of our time. This year, we want to provide an opportunity for our students, and our audience to come to the theatre and find joy in song and dance!” said Shannon More, Theatre Director.
After a long Broadway run, many national tours, and two motion pictures, it is no surprise that Mamma Mia! is one of the most well-loved and produced jukebox musicals. The story is meant to be lighthearted and playful – a celebration of ABBA and their music. As such, St. Mary’s production will pay tribute and celebrate the music of ABBA. We hope our audience will see the many nods to the sound, style, and movements of the celebrated group with our singing, dancing, and staging.
Music has been at the core of St. Mary’s Academy since our founding nearly 165 years ago. Several of our 12 Foundresses were talented artists and musicians whose disciplines became hallmarks of an SMA education. SMA’s theatre program creates meaningful learning opportunities that engage students in an elevated level of performance and technique, while honoring the varied levels of skills and experience within performers.
New this year, the SMA Fine Arts Department is implementing a mentorship program inside the cast. This program allows students to mentor those who have not been apart of an SMA show in the past. Through the program, our younger students will have the opportunity to apprentice under their older peers in leadership positions. SMA is committed to providing our women with the opportunity to learn and grow from trying new things, succeeding, and failing, and adapting to challenges – together. Not only will our women learn from one another, our production of Mamma Mia! also allows our women the opportunity to work with an expanded cast of male performers who will accompany our all-girls cast and crew.
You will not want to miss this production of Mamma Mia! At St. Mary’s Academy.
February 23rd & 24: 7:00 p.m.
February 25th: 1:00 p.m.
March 1st: 7:00 p.m.
March 3rd: 1:00 p.m.
Special Sing-Along Fundraiser:
Saturday, March 2nd: 7:00 p.m.