Mamma Mia packs ‘em in

The Glengarry News - - News - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON News Staff

“I’ve been wait­ing for many years for this mu­si­cal to be­come avail­able for high schools to per­form it.”

So said El­iz­a­beth Cad­dell, who has di­rected many a mu­si­cal at Glen­garry Dis­trict High School. She was speak­ing about Mamma Mia, the hit mu­si­cal in­spired by the mu­sic of ABBA, which GDHS stu­dents pre­sented to sev­eral packed au­di­ences last week.

When the rights to the show be­came avail­able last June, Mrs. Cad­dell booked it im­me­di­ately. She said it had to be done in April be­cause in May, it is be­ing per­formed at The­atre St. De­nis in Mon­treal. “I love ABBA and am so happy that we got to do this mu­si­cal with such a great cast and crew,” she says, adding that her own daugh­ter, Sarah – who was a main­stay of many GDHS pro­duc­tions when she was a stu­dent there – was dis­ap­pointed that she couldn’t be in­volved in this show, though she will be help­ing with a pro­duc­tion of it at the In­ter­provin­cial mu­sic camp in McKel­lar, On­tario this sum­mer. The GDHS pro­duc­tion had a full house for three evenings.

“I’ve been pro­duc­ing mu­si­cals since 1990 and I be­lieve this was the largest crowds that we have ever had,” says Mrs. Cad­dell.

“It is al­ways a gam­ble to put on a mu­si­cal ev­ery year as the ex­penses are very high for the rights, mi­cro­phone rentals, cos­tumes, paint, props, wood, etc. It is won­der­ful that so many peo­ple from the com­mu­nity come to watch the show to help us pay for all of the ex­penses! “

STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON AND SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

MAMMA MIA: The cast and crew of Glen­garry Dis­trict High School’s pro­duc­tion of Mamma Mia gather for a photo on­stage after the show closed last week. At right, Sophie Sher­adan (played by Rachel Camp­bell) en­joys a mo­ment with her fi­ancé, Sky (Pa­trick Glueck.) Be­low, Donna Sheri­dan (El­lie MacKin­non) is com­forted by her friends Rosie (Gaby Robin­son-Cadieux) and Tanya (Grace Graham.) Be­low right, Harry Bright (Alex Urquhart), Bill Austin (Nathan Noel), and Sam Carmichael (Con­nor At­tridge) share a scene. Mamma Mia is in­spired by the mu­sic of ABBA.

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