BWW Feature: MAMMA MIA! By the CHARLESTON LIGHT OPERA GUILD at THE CLAY CENTER In January 2019!

BWW Feature: MAMMA MIA! By the CHARLESTON LIGHT OPERA GUILD at THE CLAY CENTER In January 2019!

Charleston Light Opera Guild announced a surprise January 2019 production of Mamma Mia! Auditions will take place in November with performances occurring in January at the Maier Performance Hall at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston, WV.

The popular musical began life as a stage show in 1999 with a book by Catherine Johnson, the show was then turned into a romantic comedy jukebox film in 2008 which spurred a sequel in 2018; both films were wildly popular with audiences and critics alike.

Centered around the music of ABBA, a popular band formed in the early 70's, the show follows 20-year-old Sophie as she prepares to get married on the fictional island of Kalokairi. Sophie longs for her father to walk her down the aisle but unfortunately, she does not know who he is. Determined to discover her father's identity, she discreetly searches her mother's diaries - eventually settling on three possible candidates. Without notifying her mother, she sends each man an invitation to the wedding, signing her mother's name. What follows is a hilarious and heartfelt tale which audiences around the world have fallen in love with for nearly twenty years.

As this is the first time that Mamma Mia! will be produced by a community theater in the region, the Charleston Light Opera Guild has teamed up with the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences to ensure that their production of the beloved musical will be a spectacle sure to delight fans and audiences of all ages.

Audition Dates:
Singing auditions will be held on Monday, November 5th
, 2018 at 7:00 PM. Those auditioning should prepare a vocal selection and bring sheet music for the Guild accompanist.
Reading auditions will occur on Wednesday, November 7th
, 2018 at 7:00 PM. Scripts will be provided for lead, supporting and featured character readings.
Dancing auditions will be held on Monday, November 12th, 2018 at 7:00 PM. Those auditioning are expected to be prompt and be dressed to dance - musical theater combinations will be taught.
Location: The Guild Theater, 411 Tennessee Avenue, Charleston, WV 25302
Contact: You can contact the Charleston Light Opera Guild via phone at (304) 342-9312 or email at
contact@charlestonlightoperaguild.org
More Information: Charleston Light Opera Guild's website or their Facebook.
Production Dates: January 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th, 2019 at 7:30 PM and January 20th and 27th
, 2019 at 2:00 PM.

Roles Available:

Donna Sheridan - Lead; owner of the hotel Villa Donna; Sophie's mother; soprano/mezzo (belt); age 40-50
Sophie Sheridan - Lead; Donna's daughter born and raised on the island; soprano or mezzo-soprano/alto (belt); age 18-30
Sam Carmichael - Supporting; successful architect; may be Sophie's father; baritone/tenor; age 40-50.
Harry Bright - Supporting; British banker; may be Sophie's father; tenor/high baritone; age 40-50
Bill Austin - Supporting; traveling writer; may be Sophie's father; baritone; age 40-50
Tanya Cresham-Leigh - Supporting; former member of Donna's band; mezzo-soprano/alto; age 40-50
Rosie Mulligan - Supporting; former member of Donna's Band; alto; age 40-50
Sky - Supporting; Sophie's fiancé; tenor/high baritone; age 18-30
Lisa - Featured; Sophie's friend and bridesmaid; mezzo-soprano; age 18-30
Ali - Featured; Sophie's friend and bridesmaid; mezzo-soprano; age 18-30
Pepper - Featured; Donna's employee; bar man; tenor/baritone; age 20-30s
Eddie - Featured; Donna's employee; tenor/baritone; age 20-30s
Father Alexandrios - Featured; Minister of the island; tenor/baritone/bass; actor; mature age
Singing Ensemble - Consists of island workers and Sophie's young male and female friends; high school thru adult ages
Dancers of Musical Theatre Styles - High school thru young adult ages

Richard Allen is a freelance writer for various publications. He can be reached via email at richardallenwrites@gmail.com or at facebook.com/richardallenwrites

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