Letters to The Editor: April 4-10, 2024


The Editor:

The Blaine High School Theatre Arts program is presenting another delightful musical. This spring’s offering by our talented and hard-working students will be “Mamma Mia!” – the smash Broadway hit featuring the songs of the 1980s pop group ABBA. 

The two-act musical play tells the story of young bride-to-be Sophie Sheridan (performed by senior Ava Freeman) who is trying to determine which of her mother’s three paramours might be her biological father. Other notable performances will feature senior Lucy Dahl as unconventional mother Donna Sheridan, senior Justin Ascencio as Sam Carmichael (one of three potential fathers), and seniors Isabel Witt and Addie Marshall, as Rosie and Tanya, members of all-girl retro-rock group “Donna and the Dynamos.”

Under the direction of popular theater teacher Olivia Theilemann, with choreography by Renee Scheib, and using a first-time live pit orchestra under the direction of Mike Dahl, this show has one of the largest casts and crews for any BHS musical to date.

ABBA’s music is familiar to three generations; this show features songs like: “I Have a Dream,” “Money, Money, Money,” “Thank You for the Music,” and “Dancing Queen.” The audience will be tempted to jump up and dance, and probably sing along (and who’s to say that singing-along won’t be encouraged anyway?).

This ambitious project will have eight performances at the Performing Arts Center at Blaine High School; six evening performances and two Sunday matinées; April 18-20, 25-27 at 7 p.m. and April 21 and 28 at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale at wa.blaine.lite.intouchreceipting.com; tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. 

“Mamma Mia!” is totally family-friendly, so bring the kids – they’ll learn great new songs!

Jeanne Halsey



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