The hit musical “Mamma Mia,” which has been seen by more than 60 million people in 53 countries since it premiered in 1999, will open June 15 at the Croswell Opera House in Adrian.
The musical features 23 songs by Swedish pop group Abba. The fictional Greek island of Kalokairi serves as the backdrop for a story about a young woman who invites three of her mother’s ex-lovers to her wedding in an effort to find out which of them is her father.
“It’s a high-energy dance party of a musical,” said Jere Righter, the Croswell’s artistic director. “The characters are very relatable and it’s just a good, fun story.”
The bride, Sophie, is played by Lindsay Powers of Plymouth. Powers, a recent graduate of Western Michigan University, has previously performed with the Plymouth-Canton Ballet Company and The Barn Theatre School in Augusta, and is making her Croswell debut.
Sophie’s mother, Donna — the role played by Meryl Streep in the 2008 movie adaptation — is portrayed by Lena Spiegel of Adrian. In her youth, Donna was the lead singer of a pop group called Donna and Dynamos. Her former bandmates, Tanya and Rosie, are played by Lucy Hagedorn of Oregon, Ohio, and Chelsie Cree of Toledo.
Steven Kiss of Lambertville plays Sophie’s fiance, Sky. Sophie’s three possible fathers are played by D. Ward Ensign of Toledo, Karl Kasischke of Ann Arbor, and Stephen Kiersey of Brownstown Township. Her bridesmaids are played by Emily Ialacci of Temperance and Rachel Gerrild of Jackson.
Rounding out the 32-person cast are Jessica Adams, Emily Hribar, A.J. Howard, Ruth Jansen, Alexandra June, Abby Knight, Payton Perry-Radcliffe, Deveny Rosebrock, Xavier Sarabia, Lisa Schrock-Ohlinger and Ja’Vaughn White, all of Adrian; Austin Olano of Ann Arbor; Zachary Flack of Chesterfield; Pierce Mitchell of Hudson; Elizabeth Higgins and Ethan Miller, both of Jackson; Claire Schafer of Onsted; Anna McCarley of Tecumseh; Gabriel Hagedorn and Reuben Hagedorn, both of Oregon; Joseph Ball of Perrysburg; and Meg Grzeszczak of Sylvania.
The show is directed by Jen Letherer, an assistant professor of communication at Spring Arbor University. The music director is Dave Rains; the choreographer and assistant director is Sarah Nowak; and the assistant choreographer is Hailie Hagedorn.
The Croswell is a 640-seat historic theater in downtown Adrian. The Croswell’s production of “Mamma Mia” runs for three weekends: June 15-17, June 22-24, and June 29 to July 1. Evening shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; afternoon shows are at 2:30 p.m. Sundays and select Saturdays. Tickets range from $15 to $35 and may be ordered at croswell.org.
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