Mamma Mia! to hit QT stage

Central Otago Mirror - - CONVERSATIONS - DASHA KU­PRIENKO

Queen­stown’s up­com­ing Mamma Mia! pro­duc­tion will be a big stag and hens’ do on the stage, which will be built es­pe­cially for the show.

Show­biz QT pres­i­dent Ben Roberts said the lo­cal pro­duc­tion would be the big­gest in the re­sort yet.

The show was filled with cel­e­bra­tions and was re­lat­able to au­di­ence and ac­tors, Roberts said.

‘‘It’s quite a lot of fun be­cause it’s ba­si­cally hens and stag dos with a lot of young peo­ple with modern dance and modern mu­sic. It’s young peo­ple hav­ing fun.’’

Over a hun­dred peo­ple will be in­volved in the up­com­ing pro­duc­tion.

Ac­tors who had not been on stage for years had de­cided to come back and make Mamma Mia their last show.

‘‘I don’t know why it has that draw to peo­ple but it does.

‘‘Every­body wants to be in, which is great - it makes it easier for us to fill the show.’’

The mu­sic in the show was known by a lot of peo­ple which made the show spe­cial too, Roberts said.

‘‘It [the mu­sic] is poppy and happy. Pretty much in Mamma Mia! ev­ery­one likes all of the songs - a lot of the older ones grew up with that.’’

For the first time the Queen­stown pro­duc­tions will be put on at the Event Cen­tre with ca­pac­ity of 1200 peo­ple.

The Show­biz QT crew would have to build a the­atre stage at the venue and hang up about ‘‘six tonnes of stuff on the roof’’, Roberts said.

Mamma Mia! has been shown in four theatres in New Zealand, with Queen­stown us­ing the same set­ting and cos­tumes as pre­vi­ous shows.

Two ship­ping con­tain­ers of props, cos­tumes and six tonnes of stage gear and the set will be trans­ferred to Queen­stown.

‘‘Nor­mally when we do pro­duc­tions we have to do the whole set, de­sign cos­tumes for every­body - it’s a very long process. This show’s dif­fer­ent be­cause we will get a lot of that in a box,’’ Roberts said.

Sup­plied gear was a ‘‘safety net’’ which made the pro­duc­tion crew’s life easier.

Four years in Show­biz, QT’s ac­tress Tif­fany Mitchell will be play­ing Donna Sheri­dan and So­phie Mor­ris plays So­phie Sheri­dan.

Lead male ac­tors are Marty Newell in Sam Carmichael’s role and Justin Ab­biss will play Bill Austin.

Mamma Mia! is on from Novem­ber 8 to 12.

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