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Schools - March 13, 2019

"Mamma Mia!" coming to Woodside High

by Kate Daly

With a live orchestra and a cast of 49 students acting, singing and dancing, Woodside High School is bringing "Mamma Mia!" to the big stage for two weekends in March.

Two former members of the Swedish pop band ABBA — Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson — wrote the music and lyrics. Catherine Johnson wrote the book, matching songs from the 1970s such as "Dancing Queen" and "Waterloo" with a story about Sophie Sheridan and the search for her birth father among her mother's former suitors.

The musical made a big splash on Broadway and internationally, and spawned two movies.

Barry Woodruff is directing the student cast, which includes Sam Borthwick as Sophie Sheridan, Skyler Mallow as Sky, Hazel Griffin as Donna Sheridan, Hali Newman as Tanya, Christi Skinner as Rosie, Brendan Smith as Harry Bright, Alek Amini-Holmes as Bill Austin, and Philip Moissis as Sam Carmichael.

Don Coluzzi is stage manager and tech director for the show. The production crew also includes music director Barry Woodruff; director/conductor William Tolles; producers Karen Arimoto-Peterson and Kathy Smith; choreographer Kim Harvath; vocal director Juliet Green; and pianist Murlene Watkins, who also is the assistant vocal director.

Showtimes are Friday, March 15, and Saturday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 17, at 2 p.m.; and Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. Performances are at the Woodside Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Ave. in Woodside.

Tickets are available at whsdramaboosters.org, and cost $10 for staff and students, $15 for senior citizens, and $20 for adults.


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