Mamma Mia! to hit QT stage
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.