Musical the perfect tonic for Abba lovers

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Timaru is preparing for an Abba revival.
‘ It will be a great show ‘ The South Canterbury Drama League’s production of Mama Mia will be staged at the Theatre Royal from July 22 to July 30, with cast members in full rehearsal mode.
Director Catherine May Smith said preparations for the production were well under way.
‘‘We have been practising for about four months,’’ Smith said.
‘‘Everything is going well. It will be a great show.’’
Mama Mia is Smith’s South Canterbury Drama League production in the director’s seat — though she is becoming well-known in the region for her work in the drama scene.
‘‘I’m a director and writer by trade.
‘‘I saw the ad looking for a director for the show and I applied as Mama Mia was a show on my bucket list.’’
The nostalgia surrounding the show had been an influencing factor for applying, she said.
‘‘A lot of my writing is about nostalgia and I really like stories about strong women.
‘‘Everybody knows and loves Abba songs.’’
Smith said the show’s cast was a combination of new performers, as well as familiar faces and it was proving to be a quality production.
‘‘It’s great for everyone involved.’’
The story follows Donna, a hotelier in the Greek islands, who is preparing for her daughter’s wedding with the help of two old friends.
However, her daughter has a plan, having secretly invited three men from her mother’s past in the hope of meeting her real father so he can escort her down the aisle on her big day.
The show features a range of Abba songs along the way.
The South Canterbury show will feature an array of lighting and costumes, as well as an LED pixalated screen for the backdrop.
Smith said it was exciting working with the screen, which was cutting edge technology and a first for the league.
For the first time, theatregoers would be able to have drinks in their seats, instead of at allocated times throughout the show as was the tradition.
‘‘It will be a great night out.’’ – Mama Mia will run at the Theatre Royal from July 22 to July 30. Tickets are available at www.iticket.co.nz or by phoning 0508 iTICKET.