Mamma Mia packs ‘em in
“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! “
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.