The Tuscaloosa Theater presents the mega-musical Mamma Mia!, July 15-24, 2022, at the Bean-Brown Theater on the Martin Campus of Shelton State Community College (9500 Old Greensboro Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405).
Based on the music of iconic ’70s band ABBA, Mamma Mia! tells the story of Sophie, who is ready to marry her fiancé, Sky. There’s just one catch – she’s never met her dad and wants him to be there for the big day. She invites three candidates whom she secretly discovers in her mother’s diary. When they all arrive, however, Sophie’s mother, Donna, is shocked. As Sophie, Sky, Donna, her friends and three possible dads prepare for the big day, emotions run high and surprises abound in an enchanting story of love, laughter and friendship.
“We are thrilled to bring together the very talented production team of Grease for Mamma Mia!, led by director Stephen Tyler Davis,” said executive producer Tina Turley. “Stephen brings a world of positive energy to every show he leads, and we know he and his team will create another hit show this summer with the incredible cast he has assembled.”
Reagan Branch and Sam Allen play the happy young couple, Sophie and Sky, and Jamie Shannon Ferguson Ertle takes the stage as Sophie’s mother, Donna. Bradley Logan, John Walker and Steven Yates enter as the three potential father candidates, and Lindsey Jones and Brandy Johnson join Donna’s Dynamos, Tanya and Rosie. Other cast members include Cole Cabiness, Sam Hodo, Ava Theros, Meredith Vaughn, Ivan Taylor, Anna Grace Haley, Kim C. Palm, Sarah Kathryn Bonds, Amanda Smedberg, Laura White, Sara Dudley Thompson, Audrey-Reagan Thompson, Linda Bonds, Sydney Galloway, Melissa Grantham, Jenna Johnson, Hanne Roberts, Helen Smith, Averie Bonneville, Veronica Cooper, Piper Hathorne, Vannah Smalley, Nate Blakely, Gabriel Carden, Colton Crowe and James Cooper Snodsmith.
“I look forward to working with our fabulously talented cast,” Davis said. “And I’m just as thrilled to have this creative team back. Lindsay Troha, Leslie Poss and the staff at the Tuscaloosa Theater are dream collaborators!”
Davis’ production team includes music director Leslie Poss, choreographer Lindsay Sockler Troha, stage manager Ashlyn Lambert, set designer Richard Dunham, lighting designer Erin Hisey, sound designer Max Blevins/EatMyBeats, props designer Linda Bonds and costume designer Jeanette Waterman. The music and lyrics of Mamma Mia! are by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, with the book written by Catherine Johnson. Mama Mia! is presented by special arrangement with Music Theater International.
Theater Tuscaloosa’s 2021-22 season is supported by its producing partner Shelton State Community College, the City of Tuscaloosa, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, presenting sponsor Claire Friday, Cartography Consulting, WVUA23 and Tuscaloosa Radio. Mama Mia! is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, Bank of Moundville and Ellis Architects.
The performances will take place from July 15 to 24 at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays, Thursdays and Saturdays July 16 and at 2 p.m. on Sundays, Wednesdays and Saturdays July 23. Tickets are $24 for adults, $20 for seniors. and military, and $16 for students and children. Special rates are available for Shelton State students and for groups of ten or more, if purchased in advance. A special Pay-What-You-Can final dress rehearsal to benefit the Charlie Dennis Memorial Scholarship will be open to the public on Thursday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and more information are available at www.theatretusc.com or 205.391. 2277.