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Cast, crew announced for ‘Mamma Mia!’

John Thornberry photo Musical director James Porras II, at the piano, gives notes to the cast of “Mamma Mia!” From left, in front are Colin Nygren, Ben Everson and Travis Meyer; in back are Emily Rose Halfmann, Michele Lemire, Kari Moody and Marie Arnold.

MARINETTE, Wis. — “Mamma Mia!” comes to Theatre on the Bay to kick off its 53rd season with music and laughs in the Greek isles. ABBA’s disco-pop songbook propels this tale of love, laughter and friendship.

“Mamma Mia!” will be presented July 19-21 and July 26-28 on the Nancy Gehrke Stage in the Herbert L. Williams Theatre at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Marinette Campus. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances are at 2 p.m.

Music and lyrics are by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, with some songs developed with Stig Anderson. The book is by Catherine Johnson, and the show was originally conceived for the stage by Judy Craymer. Martin Koch also developed additional materials for “Mamma Mia!” now available for non-professional companies after 20 years of Broadway productions and global tours.

In “Mamma Mia!”, Sophie Sheridan (Jacqueline Nutter, Menominee) is getting married to Sky (Noah Steffen, Marinette), but she doesn’t know who is walking her down the aisle. Sophie has no idea who her real father is, and her mother, Donna Sheridan (Jennifer Rickaby, Marinette) is no help. According to Donna’s diary, three different men could be Sophie’s dad. Sophie secretly invites all three to the wedding, hoping to answer her question by bringing them all together at her home on the sunny Greek island of Kalokairi. Is it Sam Carmichael (Dave Rickaby, Marinette), who left Donna years ago? Maybe it’s world traveler Bill Austin (Glenn Sellen, Sobieski)? Could it be headbanger-turned-London banker Harry Bright (James Porras II, Menominee)? Donna’s Summer Nights taverna bustles with preparations: Sophie’s bridesmaids, Ali (McKenna Carvenough, Amberg) and Lisa (Michaela Kaiser, Oconto Falls), Sky’s best friends Pepper and Eddie (Bailey Boutin, Marinette, and Ben Everson, Marinette) and Rosie and Tanya (Kari Moody, Oconto, and Brittany Welch, Marinette) — once part of Donna’s musical trio, The Dynamos — are all on hand to help, along with Father Alexandrios (Tristan Schuh, Menominee) to officiate at the wedding.

The ensemble cast for “Mamma Mia!” this summer also includes Lisa Atkinson-LeBoeuf, Marinette; Alyssa Carviou, Marinette; Tyrus Cretens, Marinette; Hannah Fields, Marinette; Emily Rose Halfmann, Marinette; Tammela Kirk, Menominee; Kendra Krouth, Marinette; Lydia LeBoeuf, Marinette; Michele Lemire, Menominee; Cassidy MacArthur, Marinette; Travis Meyer, Menominee; Annalisa Mines, Peshtigo; Karah Nelson, Marinette; Colin Nygren, Marinette; Lori Patzke, Menominee; Kenan Pulver, Menominee; and Olivia Smith, Peshtigo.

The production staff includes director John Thornberry, Marinette; Brittany Welch and James Porras II, musical directors, Marinette and Menominee; Heather Olsen, choreography, Menominee; Joshua LaLonde, scenic design, Marinette; Chris Weber, lighting design, Crivitz; Annalisa Mines, costume design, Peshtigo; and Jared Thomson, stage management, Oconto. Rebecca Stone Thornberry of Marinette is TOB’s artistic director and the show’s producer.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for age 65 and older and $14 for students with ID; additional ticket fees apply. Tickets for reserved seats are on sale now at tinyurl.com/mammamiatob. Tickets also can be purchased at the theatre box office an hour before every performance.

For more ticket information, contact the main office at 715-735-4301 during UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus business hours.

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