By Delilah Rose — Student Correspondent
Southern Door’s 2018 musical “Mamma Mia” has the county awed from the students’ performance. With a cast of more than 40 students on stage and another half dozen in the orchestra pit joined by enthusiastic adult musicians, came together and brought the romantic comedy alive through the knock-your-socks-off music of the Swedish pop group ABBA. The performances met the hopes of the students by close to selling out each night in Southern Door’s 600 plus seating auditorium.
Under the musical direction of Mrs. Wedyt, Mrs. Williamson, and Miss. Files, the choir and band collaborated in a production that rivaled a Broadway production. The countless hours of rehearsal invested by each and every cast member that started in August paid off tenfold.
The female leading roles were shared while the male roles were anchored by a core cast of four.
MaCayla Moore and Maggie Grotta shared the leading role of Sophie Sheridan, the 20 year old born and raised on a Greek Island by her American mother, Donna, the role shared by Shaina Skaletski and Mackenzie Finger. Both mother-daughter duo delivered a remarkable plot-pushed story of a wedding with a twist.
Sky, the romantic lead played by Dale Swanson, swooned for his soon-to-be-bride while weaving through scene after scene with Sophie’s three possible fathers played by Mathew VanderMeer, Joseph Feeney and Sean Hartford.
The boys of the show were the comedians that brought the house down when they arrived on stage dancing with feet clad in gigantic flippers for the “Lay All Your Love on Me” number.
The racier moments were hilariously performed by the visiting best friends Rosie, the down to earth played by Anna Alrand and Brittany Dantoin and Tanya, Jadacey Teska and Helen Parks.
The musical ran from Wednesday, November 7th through Sunday, November 11th, from dress rehearsal to the closing matinee performance the show wowed the greater community of Northeast Wisconsin.
(photo by Suzanne Rose)