Co-production between Charlottetown and The Grand Theatre has begun rehearsals in London, ON
The Charlottetown Festival returns to an idyllic Greek island for Mamma Mia! this summer, and rehearsals are underway for the first leg of the show’s co-production with The Grand Theatre.
The blockbuster musical plays in London, Ontario from April 23 to May 18 and then The Charlottetown Festival company makes its homecoming to “the other island paradise” to begin work on Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ and Kronborg—The Hamlet Rock Musical.
Mamma Mia! will play in Charlottetown from August 9 to September 28. Artistic Director of Confederation Centre of the Arts, Adam Brazier is directing the ABBA-driven phenomenon, and has announced complete casting. This week marks 20 years since the world-wide smash hit first premiered in London’s West End.
As previously revealed, the production stars Katie Kerr, as bride-to-be ‘Sophie’ and Rebecca Poff as her single-mother ‘Donna’. Aaron Hastelow plays Sophie’s beau,
‘Sky’, while her two best friends ’Ali’ and ‘Lisa’ are anchored by Hailey Lewis and Kimberly-Ann Truong.
Sophie is to be married but wants to first find her father so he can walk her down the aisle. She invites three possible men from Donna’s past to the wedding—Cam MacDuffee (the Festival’s On the Road with Dutch Mason) as ‘Harry’; Stephen Guy-McGrath (Million Dollar Quartet) as ‘Bill’, and Festival newcomer, Michael Torontow as ‘Sam’.
Rounding out the principal cast are Festival favourites Nicola Dawn Brook (Bittergirl—The Musical) and Susan Henley (Anne™) as the Super Troupers, ‘Rosie’ and ‘Tanya’; as well as Connor Lucas and Anthony MacPherson as party boys, ‘Eddie’ and ‘Pepper’. See complete casting in addendum.
Mamma Mia! is sponsored by Tim Hortons and plays the Homburg Theatre at Confederation
Centre of the Arts. Musical direction is from Craig Fair, choreography by Lisa Stevens, set and costumes by Cory Sincennes, lighting design from Renée Brode, and sound design from Peter McBoyle.
Confederation Centre wishes to acknowledge the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support.
Featured Photos: (Top-bottom) Kimberly-Ann Truong; Michael Torontow; Anthony MacPherson; and Aaron Hastelow (submitted).
Company Members (Mamma Mia!)
Brittany Banks – Ensemble
Evan Benyacar – Ensemble
Nicola Dawn Brook – Rosie / u.s. Donna
Rohan Dhupar – Male swing
Stephen Guy-McGrath – Bill
Aaron Hastelow – Sky
Susan Henley – Tanya
Sarah-Jeanne Hosie – Ensemble / u.s. Rosie, Tanya
Katie Kerr – Sophie
Melissa Kramer – Minister
Hailey Lewis – Ali
Connor Lucas – Eddie
Cam MacDuffee – Harry
Gray Monczka – Ensemble
Teddy Moynihan – Ensemble / u.s. Sky
Jamie Murray — Ensemble / u.s. Sophie
Nicole Norsworthy – Ensemble
Rebecca Poff – Donna
Emma Rudy – Ensemble
Ashley St. John – Female swing
Michael Torontow – Sam
Kimberly-Ann Truong – Lisa
Adam Brazier – Director
Craig Fair – Music Director
Lisa Stevens – Choreographer
Cory Sincennes – Set & Costume Designer
Renée Brode – Lighting Designer
Peter McBoyle – Sound Designer
Matthew MacInnis – Stage Manager
Erika Morey – Assistant Stage Manager
Chantal Hayman – Assistant Stage Manager