Take a chance on Ja’Duke’s ‘Mamma Mia’ this weekend

  • Ja’Duke Center for the Performing Arts cast members rehearse Wednesday night for their upcoming production of “Mamma Mia” at the Greenfield High School auditorium. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Ja’Duke Center for the Performing Arts cast members rehearse for their upcoming production of “Mamma Mia” at the Greenfield High School auditorium.  Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Ja’Duke Center for the Performing Arts cast members rehearse for their upcoming production of “Mamma Mia.”  Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Ja’Duke Center for the Performing Arts cast members.  Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Ja’Duke Center for the Performing Arts cast members rehearse Wednesday night for their upcoming production of “Mamma Mia” this weekend at the Greenfield High School. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Ja’Duke Center for the Performing Arts cast members rehearse Wednesday night for their upcoming production of “Mamma Mia” at the Greenfield High School auditorium. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Ja’Duke Center for the Performing Arts cast members rehearse Wednesday night for their upcoming production of “Mamma Mia” at the Greenfield High School auditorium. Staff Photo/Dan Little

Staff Writer
Published: 11/15/2018 3:46:42 PM

GREENFIELD – Ja’Duke Center for the Performing Arts will premiere the musical comedy “Mamma Mia!” this weekend. The musical has been seen by millions of people worldwide and launched two movies.

Kimberly Williams, of Ja’Duke, said “Mamma Mia!” “groups the music to the story line together very well” and while it’s not her favorite musical, “there’s a fan base that swears by it.”

She said she and her father, Nick Waynelovich, decide on the shows done by the performing arts center, and they’ve tried to get the rights for the show for a few years now.

“It doesn’t have anything to do with the second movie coming out,” Williams said. “We just got the rights to do it this year, but it’s pretty good timing.”

The plot involves a woman who on the eve of her wedding attempts to discover the identity of her father by bringing three men from her mother’s past back to an island paradise. It features more than 20 songs by pop group ABBA, including “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “The Name of the Game” and “The Winner Takes It All.”

“It’s a fun little story, and it’s perfect if you like ABBA,” Williams said. “The leads are extremely good.”

Rachel Howe, a Shelburne resident portraying Sophie — the woman about to be married, said being the play is dream come true.

“I’ve loved “Mamma Mia!” for my whole life, and I grew up listening to Abba, and it’s been like the soundtrack to my life,” Howe said. “Now I get to be in the show with my mom in the cast, as well. It’s really fun."

Howe said after seeing the movie and the Broadway show, she doesn’t feel pressured taking on the role of Sophie, but rather able to make the character her own.

“While I’ve seen the movie a hundred times, I get to reinvent the character and make Sophie my own,” Howe said.

She encourages people to come to the show, because it’s uplifting and funny.

“The cast is like one big family, and it comes through when you see the show,” Howe said.

“It’ll be a good night on the town,” Williams said. “We’re hoping to draw a lot of different folks to come see this fun show.”

The musical will be at Greenfield High School at 21 Barr Ave. in Greenfield on Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 7 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and young or seniors age 65 and older. People can purchase tickets at the door or online at: www.jadukeshows.com.

 


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