“Mamma Mia” – How could I forget you?
Posted on 06/05/2019
Cast of Mamma Mia dancing on stage

Colgan High School’s spring musical “Mamma Mia” was full of fun music and dancing. Using the music of Swedish pop group Abba, Sophie’s (Peyton Weil) and Donna’s (Bevin Hester) story is told.

Set on a small Greek island, Mamma Mia opens with the final preparations for Sophie’s wedding to Sky (Jawuan Hill) in motion. She wants her father to walk her down the aisle but doesn't know who he is. When Sophie discovers her mother's old diary and finds entries which describe intimate dates with three men, she decides one of these men must be her father. Three months before her wedding, she sends each an invitation, without letting her unsuspecting mother know they are invited.

The day before the wedding, guests begin to arrive at Donna’s taverna. The first to arrive are her long-time best friends: Tanya (Abbie Blair), Rosie (Kimberlie Pagan), Violette (Evelyn Stohlman), and Maria (Morgan Berkheimer.) Later that day, Sophie's three possible fathers arrive: Sam (Daniel Bothma), Harry (Aiden Toth), and Bill (Mac Creswick). Sophie convinces them not to tell Donna that she invited them. Donna, shocked to see her ex-lovers, runs out in tears.

Sophie had hoped she would instinctively know her father the moment she saw him but is now only confused. During the Hen Party (bachelorette party) all three of Sophie’s potential fathers offer to walk her down the aisle. Sky finds out what Sophie has done in inviting Sam, Harry, and Bill to the wedding and accuses her of wanting a big white wedding only so that she can find out who her father is. Sophie explains to Sky she wants to marry him no matter what regardless of her father being there or not. The wedding begins, with Donna walking Sophie down the aisle. Before Father Alexandrios (Principal, Tim Healey) has a chance to begin the ceremony, Donna acknowledges to everyone that Sophie's father is present. Sophie tells her mother that she knows about her father. Donna realizes that Sophie invited them to the wedding for that very reason. The issue of Sophie's parentage is left unsettled, as none of them have any idea whether they are her father. Everyone involved agrees that it doesn't matter which one of them is her father, as Sophie loves all three and they are all happy to be "one-third of a father" and a part of her life at last.

Suddenly, Sophie calls a halt to the proceedings. She isn't ready to get married, and Sky agrees with her. Sam, Donna’s first love, seizes his chance and proposes to Donna. He explains that he has always loved her, even when he left years ago to get married to someone else. Surprisingly, Donna accepts Sam's proposal. In the end, Sam and Donna are married; at the end of the night, Sophie and Sky depart on a round-the-world tour.

Mamma Mia’s Standout:
This show had many exceptionally strong performances, but the dancing was unparalleled. The well synchronized choreography of many students was amazing to watch. The students made use of the entire space of the set, using it to tell the story. It was extremely moving for the choreography to tell the story of Sophie growing up (“Slipping Through My Fingers”). The dancing carried through the show until the finale at the end, when the cast is onstage and, in the aisles, dancing and encouraging the audience to join in the celebration.