JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Audiences can dance, jive and have the time of their lives at Chattahoochee High School’s production of “Mamma Mia!”
The show runs Jan. 17 to 19 at 7 p.m., with a matinee Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available at chattahoocheemusicaltheatre.com.
Chattahoochee is one of the first schools in the state to put on the musical, which features 22 ABBA songs. The romantic comedy follows a young woman trying to determine which of three men is her father before her upcoming wedding.
“The best word to describe it is singable — not that it’s easy to sing,” said Cameron Kreitner, one of the play’s leads. “It’s accessible. There’s something for everyone: a love story, drama, even a little mystery.”
The show is helmed by Jennie Fabianski and Jan Jensen, with Lori Bu Lori Buonamici conducting, Mitch Haber leading set design and choreography by Allison Polaski. Students played a large role in putting the play together, with 65 teens acting, working crew or performing in the orchestra.
Chattahoochee is one of few schools in the area that has a full orchestra pit as part of its stage, and the live music will make the difference in the performance, Jensen said.
“We want them to dance with us,” she said. “You can dance much more in the aisle of a live theatre than a movie theatre.”
Fans of the 2008 movie, or the 2018 sequel, are sure to enjoy the live show, though they should expect some changes from the adaptation.
“There’s no Pierce Brosnan,” joked Kreitner, who shares Brosnan’s role of Sam Carmichael.
“Just fall in love with it all over again,” said Devi Peot, the show’s other star.
Peot said she enjoyed putting her own spin on the character of Donna Sheridan.
“She’s just an everyday person who’s going through a lot of things,” she said. “You can relate to her.”
Whether fans of the movie or newcomers, the cast and direction team assured everyone leaving the theatre will have a good time singing and dancing along to the iconic music.
“It just so much fun, and everybody needs a little more fun right now,” Jensen said.
“Don’t miss your chance to see it,” Kreitner said. “I believe theatre is one of the best ways to escape the real world, and this show is going to give you an opportunity to put away everything that is troubling you in life and have some fun.”
Audiences can see “Mamma Mia!” this weekend at the Chattahoochee High School auditorium, 5230 Taylor Road.