A mother, a daughter, three possible dads; and a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! Back to the Festival by popular demand, it’s Mamma Mia!
This sunny ABBA-driven tale follows Donna, an independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on a Greek island. She is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited daughter she has raised alone. For Sophie’s wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best friends – practical and no-nonsense Rosie, and wealthy, multi-divorcée Tanya – from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos; however, after reading her mother’s diary, Sophie secretly invites three guests of her own. On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle, she brings back three men from Donna’s past to the Greek paradise they last visited two decades ago. Over 24 chaotic, magical hours, new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled on this lush island full of possibilities!
Presented as a co-production with the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario.
Sensitivity Warning: Strobe lighting, haze and fog effects are used in this production
Director, Adam Brazier; Music Director, Craig Fair; Choreographer, Lisa Stevens; Associate Music Director, David Theriault; Costume & Scenic Designer, Cory Sincennes; Lighting Designer, Renée Brode; Sound Designer, Peter McBoyle; Production Stage Manager, Matt MacInnis.
MUSIC & LYRICS BY Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, and some songs with Stig Anderson; BOOK BY Catherine Johnson; Mamma Mia! was originally produced in London by Judy Craymer, Richard East, and Bjorn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal; Additional materials and arrangements Martin Koch; Music published by Universal Music Publishing Group, EMI Grove Park Music Inc., EMI Waterford Music.
Mamma Mia! is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com
“A beautiful Saturday night fever dream.” – The BUZZ
“Ridiculously enjoyable.”– Daily Telegraph
“The sunniest of all musicals, it provides new pleasures every time.”– Sunday Express
RAISED IN: Springvale, PEI FOR THE CENTRE: Anne™, JC Superstar; choreographer for Atlantic Blue, Stories From the Red Dirt Road. PERFORMANCE: Cinderella in Cinderella (Torrent), Sunshine Sketches (Smile), Red Rock Diner (Drayton), UnCovered (Musical Stage). CHOREOGRAPHY: My Bonnie Lass (Sheridan), Anne & Gilbert (NAC/Guild), Highland Storm (COP), The Addams Family (Mainstage). OTHER: Young Innovator (Nightwood), Banks Prize recipient (Musical Stage). TRAINING: BMus (UPEI), Randolph, Physical Theatre (IUGTE). — So happy to be home for another magical summer!
Evan Taylor Benyacar
RAISED IN: Richmond Hill, ON FOR THE CENTRE: Anne™, JC Superstar, Marcellus in Kronborg:1582 (In Concert), Martin Guerre in The House of Martin Guerre (In Concert) SELECT THEATRE: Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys (Stage West); Singer/Dancer (Celebrity Cruise Entertainment); Aladdin: Dubai Tour; Fame: Dubai Tour
(Creativiva). — Evan is ecstatic to be returning for a third summer on the Island! Much love and thanks to his family, and to the ever effervescent Sarah Matton.
RAISED IN: Manchester, U.K. FOR THE CENTRE: Mamma Mia!, Bittergirl–The Musical, Anne™ Theatre: Kinky Boots (Mirvish), Mamma Mia! (Aquarius), Les Belles Soeurs (Segal Centre/Theatre Calgary). Cirque du Soleil: Saltimbanco, Joyà. West End, London: Copacabana, Fame, Aspects of Love, Taboo, Sound of Music, Saturday Night Fever, Starlight Express, Chess (U.K. Tour) TV/Film: Delovely, Sweeney Todd, The Little Matchgirl — nicoladawn.com @nicoldawn Thanks to my family and Bruce at Talent House x.
RAISED IN: Mississauga, ON FOR THE CENTRE: The Dream Catchers THEATRE: Kelly V. Kelly (CMTP/Musical Stage Co.); On The Town, Threepenny Opera, Chelsea Sunrise, Kiss Me Kate (Theatre Sheridan); Anatomy of a Dancer, The Fall (Toronto Fringe); two seasons with Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre.- @rohandhupar
RAISED IN: St. John’s, NL For the Centre: Mamma Mia!, Million Dollar Quartette, Evangeline, Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™. Theatre: ONCE (Mirvish and Citadel) As You like it, Christmas Carol, Glenngarry Glen Ross, Three Sisters and others (SOULPEPPER); No Great Mischief (Tarragon)
Shows at CanStage, NAC, Vancouver Playhouse, Theatre Orangeville, The Theatre Centre,YPT and others. TV/Film: Anne with an E, Murdoch Mysteries, Reign, Mayday, Stockholm
Other: National Theatre School, Soulpepper Academy. — @sgmplays
RAISED IN: Charlottetown, PE FOR THE CENTRE: 10th Season, Jesus in JC Superstar, Gilbert in Anne™, the Prince in Cinderella, Mamma Mia!, Ring of Fire, Abegweit OTHER: The Shaw Festival (3 Seasons); Bert in Mary Poppins (Capitol); Joseph…, Mamma Mia! (Aquarius); Evita (Vancouver Opera); The Philadelphia Story (Theatre Calgary/Shaw); High School Musical (Neptune); Roger in RENT (CAA). — Endless thanks to this beautiful Island and everyone who brings it to life. Happy to be home! @hastelow
Raised in: Victoria, BC Select credits: The Wizard Of Oz (Ross Petty); The Canadian premiere of FunHome; Mary Poppins, Fantine, Sally Bowles, and Patsy Cline (Arts Club); Les Belles Souers (Segal Centre/Theatre Calgary); Into the Woods (Neptune Theatre); The Wild Party (Musical Stage). Choreo: Private Lives (Stratford); Kiss of the Spider Woman (DonJail, Eclipse); Altar Boyz (Arts Club); Slipper (ATP) Directing: Out of Order (Drayton); My Fair Lady (Bluebridge); Buddy Holly Story (CTF); Godspell, SUDS (Arts Club); 2 Seasons as Associate Director (Stratford Festival). sjhosie.com @sjhosie.
RAISED IN: Windsor, ON FOR THE CENTRE: Mamma Mia!, Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, Stories From the Red Dirt Road, Evangeline, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Ring of Fire, Canada Rocks! THEATRE: Mamma Mia! (Grand Theatre, Theatre Aquarius/WCT); Elf (Theatre Aquarius); Come From Away; Theory of Relativity; Spring Awakening; Oklahoma! (Sheridan). Film/TV: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? (CBC).
RAISED IN: Delhi, ON FOR THE CENTRE: Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™,
Mamma Mia! THEATRE: Silence (The Guild); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre
by the Bay); The Ride Down Mount Morgan (Birdland); Seven Stories (PPWYC); The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (GBTS). OTHER: (Film/TV) Melissa has played principal roles on Falling Skies, Good Dog, Covert Affairs, Men with Brooms, Mayday, and Murdoch Mysteries. A graduate of the George Brown Theatre School, Melissa lives in Charlottetown with her husband and two boys.
RAISED IN: Burlington, ON FOR THE CENTRE: 2014 Young Company Theatre: Michael in Mary Poppins (Young People’s Theatre); Shrek: The Musical (The Globe Theatre); Little Inez in Hairspray (Drayton); Jan in Grease (Wintergarden Theatre/Irregular Entertainment); Sousatzka (Elgin Theatre/Teatro Proscenium Ltd.); Tiff in Prom Queen (Segal Centre); Legally Blonde, In the Heights, Sweet Charity, Sunday in the Park with George (Theatre Sheridan). Film/TV: Zombies (Disney Channel); American Gods (Fremantle). TRAINING: Honours graduate of Sheridan College, Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance Program. — Hailey would like to thank The Talent House, her friends, and most importantly her family, for continuously encouraging her to reach for the stars.
RAISED IN: Comox Valley, B.C. FOR THE CENTRE: Anne™, Stories from the Red Dirt Road, A Misfortune, Voices of Canada, We Are Canadian! SELECTED THEATRE: Mamma Mia! (Grand Theatre); Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular (Razzle Dazzle Productions); Scotland Sings! (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia). TRAINING: Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance, Sheridan College. — Love and thanks to the Festival, Bruce and the Talent House, my teammate Bailey, and my family for all their support.
RAISED IN: Palgrave, ON FOR THE CENTRE: JC Superstar, On the Road with Dutch Mason, Ring Of Fire, Dear Jonny Deere, Evangeline, Mamma Mia!, Anne™, Glenda’s Kitchen THEATRE: Once, Buddy! (Neptune); Billy Bishop, Cabaret, The Rocky Horror Show (Aquarius); Caroline, or Change (Musical Stage Company); Beyond Eden (Vancouver Playhouse/Theatre Calgary); The Bricklin (TNB); Grumpy Old Man (MTC); Assassins (CanStage); 4 seasons at the Shaw Festival. — Cam lives out past where the sidewalk ends with the love of his life, Karen.
RAISED IN: Fall River, NS FOR THE CENTRE: Four seasons. SELECTED THEATRE: Matilda, The Wizard of Oz (1st National Tours, Mirvish); Peter Pan in Wonderland (Ross Petty Productions); Priscilla, Man of La Mancha, The Little Mermaid, West Side Story, Rock of Ages, Beauty and the Beast, Oliver! (Drayton); Elf, Mary Poppins, A Christmas Carol (Aquarius); Death in Venice (COC). — Love to TH, Jam and the Fam. Follow me @armacpherson or learn more at anthonymacpherson.com
RAISED IN: Toronto, ON FOR THE CENTRE: 2014 Young Company THEATRE: Matilda the Musical (Mirvish/U.S. National Tour), Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The Little Mermaid, and Holiday Inn (Drayton Entertainment). — Gray is excited to be making his debut at the Festival and wishes to thank his family for their love and support.
RAISED IN: London, U.K. For the Centre: Anne™, Mamma Mia! Theatre: Mamma Mia! (Grand Theatre); Sondheim’s 85th Gala (West End);The Sleeping Princess (Royal Spa Centre); Cinderella (Riverfront Arts Centre); Bumblescratch (West End); West Side Story (Royal Shakespeare Company). TV/Film: ‘Jergen’ in VWars (Netflix). — Excited to be joining Charlottetown this year! @teddy_moynihan
RAISED IN: Waterloo, ON FOR THE CENTRE: JC Superstar, Mamma Mia!, Anne™ , We Are Canadian (Young Company 2014-15) THEATRE: Spring Awakening (Argyle Theatre); City of Angels, A Chorus Line, JC Superstar, A Little Night Music (Pace University); The Music Man, Oliver! (Stratford). — Jamie’s thrilled to be returning to Charlottetown this season! Huge thanks to her family for their constant love and support. @jamiemurr
RAISED IN: Brantford, ON FOR THE CENTRE: Mamma Mia!,Anne™, JC Superstar THEATRE: The Little Prince (Theatre Calgary); Into the Woods, Pirates of Penzance, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (1000 Islands Playhouse); Annie (YPT); The Barber of Seville (COC); Fiddler On The Roof (Stage West); UnEarth (Helix Dance Project).
RAISED IN: Sudbury, ON FOR THE CENTRE: Anne™, JC Superstar, The House of Martin Guerre (concert) Theatre: Cinderella (The Grand); The Phantom of the Opera, Showboat (Livent); First Wives Club (Chicago); 42nd Street (Moscow); A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Sound of Music, Man of La Mancha, Beauty and the Beast (Drayton); What a Wonderful World (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia); Madame Sousatszka (Teatro Proscenium).
RAISED IN: Stratford, ON FOR THE CENTRE: Debut! THEATRE: Belle in Beauty and the Beast (Capitol Theatre); Marty in Grease Toronto (Wintergarden Theatre);
Sophie in Honour (Stratford Masonic Hall); Babette in Beauty and the Beast (Young People’s Theatre); ‘Hannah’ in Rumspringa Break! (Theatre Passe Muraille/CMTP)
@emmawrightrudy: This is a dream come true. Big love to my entire family. For Val. xo
Ashley St. John
RAISED IN: Ajax, ON FOR THE CENTRE: Tillie Boulter in Anne™, Kronborg: 1582 (In Concert). THEATRE: West Side Story (Drayton Entertainment); Cats (Panasonic); Beauty and the Beast (Neptune Theatre); Young Frankenstein (Stage West Calgary); La Traviata (COC); Touch of Psycho (Toronto Fringe Festival); Thirst for Love and Water (Cinetic Creations/Panamanian Festival); UNBXBL, 3tiqet (GADFLY). OTHER: Triple Bill Tour (Proatedanza), Jiggijump (Judy & David), Toxicity, Into the Underworld (Les Production Haut-Vol); Various Shows (Canada’s Wonderland); Rise (Shaftesbury); Mas (CBC). — Happy to return to the Island! Biggest love to my family and friends for their endless support! @abstjohn
RAISED IN: Ottawa, ON FOR THE CENTRE: Debut THEATRE: Sweeney Todd, Every Brilliant Thing, Floyd Collins (TIFT); Mamma Mia! (Arts Club, U.S. National Tour); Bittergirl–The Musical (RMTC); The Light in the Piazza (Theatre Calgary, Acting Up); Hairspray (Mirvish); several leading roles across Canada. FILM/TV: ‘Mr. T’ in Lost and Found Music Studios (Family/Netflix) Hannibal, Reign, Conviction, Remedy.
Raised in: Prince Rupert, BC For the Centre: Les Feux Follets Selected Theatre: Miss Saigon (Broadway); The Rocky Horror Show, The Music Man, A Little Night Music, A Chorus Line (Stratford Festival); Priscilla Queen of The Desert, Aladdin: The Panto, Les Miserables (Drayton Entertainment); West Side Story (Rainbow Stage) — Follow @trukimmy. All my love to my incredible family and friends.
RAISED IN: Edmonton, AB FOR THE CENTRE:Canada Rocks!, Evangeline, Hairspray, Disco Cirque, British Invasion, 18 Wheels, Fire, A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline, Mamma Mia!, JC Superstar.OTHER: Has toured and recorded with Lennie Gallant, Rita MacNeil, Mary Jane Lamond, Natalie MacMaster, Nathan Wiley, and Thom Swift. Recipient of ECMA 2006 Musician’s Achievement Award.
RAISED IN: PEI FOR THE CENTRE: JC Superstar, Mamma Mia! OTHER: Graduate of Selkirk College Music Program, Nelson, BC. Graduate of UPEI with a degree in classical guitar performance. Has appeared on stages and recordings all across Canada. Instructor of theory, harmony, and guitar at Holland College School of Performing Arts. Owner and principal instructor at PEI School of Guitar.
Chad is very excited to be playing with the Charlottetown Festival again! peischoolofguitar.ca
Ryan Elliot Drew
RAISED IN: Charlottetown, PEI FOR THE CENTRE: Made his debut with the
Charlottetown Festival in the 2018 production The House of Martin Guerre. OTHER: Ryan has performed with the PEISO, the UPEI Wind Symphony, and various ensembles within the Canadian Armed Forces, and has appeared as a recording artist and performer throughout North America. He is a Teaching Artist with “Music Alive” (NAC), and is the Music Specialist with The Montessori School of Charlottetown. ryandrew.ca.
RAISED IN: : Charlottetown, PEI FOR THE CENTRE:Alexandra; Are You Lonesome Tonight; America Strikes Back; Disco Cirque; Hairspray; wrote music for Abegweit: Soul of the Island. OTHER: Performer of jazz, blues and alternative music with many regional, national and international artists, including regular performances with his electronic and improvisational based jazz trance funk ensemble “The Sean Ferris Group”. Also composes electro-acoustic music, installations, experimental music videos, avant garde chamber and orchestral pieces as well as music for film, television, dance and theatre. Teaches arranging, improvisation, and piano at the Holland College School of Performing Arts.
RAISED IN: Sackville, NB FOR THE CENTRE: Kronborg, JC Superstar, Mamma Mia!, Million Dollar Quartet, On the Road with Dutch Mason. OTHER: A graduate of Mount Allison University (B.Mus), Trevor migrated west to Vancouver where he performed, recorded and toured across Canada, the US and the UK with a variety of bands and artists covering a diverse range of musical styles from rock to world fusion, jazz and theatre. A busy drum teacher in Charlottetown, he also presents sound meditations with his project “SoundEscapes”.
RAISED IN: Belfast, PEI FOR THE CENTRE: Making his Charlottetown Festival debut. OTHER: Most known for his ECMA-winning pop/rock band Coyote, Evan is also an in-demand session bassist, performing and recording with countless artists across Canada. Outside of live performance, Evan is also a music educator and administrative professional, having studied at Humber College in Toronto, and Holland College in Charlottetown.
RAISED IN: Stellarton, NS FOR THE CENTRE:Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, Mamma Mia!, JC Superstar, The House of Martin Guerre.OTHER: Bandleader/pianist, Anne & Gilbert; Rehearsal pianist for Holland College School of Performing Arts (theatre/dance), The Charlottetown Festival, and various soloists, dancers and choirs across PEI; Flute Instructor at the University of Prince Edward Island; Principal Flute with the PEISO. — Also, proud owner of ‘green eye designs’ – a boutique on Charlottetown’s Victoria Row.