Mamma Mia in Review


The Lamaton Yearbook Staff

In early April, Drama Club performed the ever-popular jukebox musical, Mamma Mia, in which the majority of the songs were already well-known by the audience.

Gkathleen Guedez, Editor

For days after the final show of the Warren Hills Drama Club’s production of Mamma Mia, the catchy tunes of the musical were still being hummed in the hallways.

The production of Mamma Mia transported the audience to a Greek island filled with bright colors, fun vibes and the familiar catchy tunes of this beloved jukebox musical.

The soundtrack of the musical is filled with ABBA songs that made the production truly enjoyable. A few of their popular songs, including “Mamma Mia” and “Dancing Queen,” were hits with the audience.

The plot centers on a 20-year-old woman named Sophie, (played by senior Olivia Berlingerio), who is trying to figure out which of three men is her father before her wedding, while her mother, Donna, (played by senior Julianne Magistrado), tries to stay sane with her ex-lovers back on the island.

The suspected fathers are: Sam Carmichael, (played by senior Bryant Aguirre), who was Donna’s most painful heartbreak and the man who drew up the plans for The Villa Donna, the hotel Donna later built and ran; Harry Bright, (played by junior Ian Higgins), a businessman, formerly known as Headbanger, and for playing his guitar for Donna; and Bill Austin, (played by junior Connor Farrington), an avid explorer who always remembered his adventures with Donna.

Opening night, from an audience member’s perspective, went much better than the dress rehearsal, with it feeling more fluid and very passionate. Numerous times throughout the production, laughter could be heard from the audience, cleverly transporting the crowd into the story of Mamma Mia.

When Sophie meets her three potential fathers and Donna reunites with her ex-lovers, comedic chaos ensues.

It was evident that Mamma Mia was not only much enjoyed by the audience, but by the cast and crew as well.

Junior Ryan Cagnassola, who played Sophie’s fiance’, Skye, said, “I had a great time doing the musical this year. I met a bunch of new people and it feels like a family because everyone is so accepting. The dancing, singing, and the acting are all so much fun. It was a long process, but it was definitely worth it in the end.”

Sophomore Haley Branflick, who played keyboard for the pit band, agreed.

“I had an amazing time as a member of the pit band for the Mamma Mia musical,” she said. “It was such a great experience, and I am really proud of the show we put on.”

The work from the Drama Club cast, crew, and pit band made Mamma Mia a rewarding experience for the audience and overall a very entertaining event, making it the perfect kick-start to end the 2021-2022 school year.