April 30, 2016

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Directed by Anne Davidson

Contact Anne on 0419 605 672

SYNOPSIS

Over 60 million people all around the globe have fallen in love with the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! The ultimate feel-good musical.  And now, in a stunning new production, Albany Light Opera Theatre Company, invite you to fall in love all over again! Voulez Vous, S.O.S, Take a Chance on Me, Dancing Queen, Waterloo and so many more hits you know and love make this worldwide phenomenon a fabulous night out for audiences of all ages.

Set on a Greek island, Sophie dreams of a perfect wedding – one which includes her father giving her away.  The problem? Sophie doesn’t know who he is! Her mother Donna, the former lead singer of the 1970s pop group “Donna and the Dynamos”, refuses to talk about the past so Sophie decides to take matters into her own hands.  Sneaking a peek at her mother’s old diaries, she discovers three possible fathers: Sam, Bill and Harry. She secretly invites all three to the wedding, convinced that she will know her father when she sees him.  But when all three turn up, it may not be as clear as she thought! Told through the legendary music of ABBA, Mamma Mia! Has become a worldwide sensation that has audiences everywhere dancing.

Fall in love with the irresistibly funny tale of a mother, daughter and three possible dads on a Greek island idyll, all unfolding to the magic of ABBA’S timeless songs.  A trip down the aisle you will never forget.

Whatever age you are, you can’t help but have the time of your life at MAMMA MIA!

MAMMA MIA IMPORTANT INFORMATION WHEN AUDITIONING

TUESDAY 23RD NOVEMBER 2021 – 7.00PM

AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD ON BOTH SATURDAY 4TH AND SUNDAY 5TH DECEMBER FROM 8.30AM

AUDITIONS FOR ALL ROLES WILL BE HELD AS A GROUP, 5 PEOPLE AT A TIME.  ALL WILL BE ASKED TO PERFORM THE CHOREO DANCE TOGETHER AND THEN INDIVIDUALLY SING ON THEIR OWN. 

AUDITIONS FOR PRINCIPAL ROLES WILL BE ALLOCATED 15 MINUTES PER AUDTION TO PERFORM SONG, CHOREO AND LINES. – PEOPLE PLANNING TO AUDITION FOR A PRINCIPAL ROLE, WE ASK THAT YOU LEARN THE ENSEMBLE PIECE “VOULEZ VOUS” AS WELL.

WE AIM TO CAST THE SHOW BY THE END OF SUNDAY 5TH DECEMBER 2021 AND WE WILL HAVE OUR FIRST REHEARSAL ON TUESDAY 7TH DECEMBER AT 7PM WITH INTRODUCTIONS AND SCRIPT READ THROUGH

WE WILL THEN RECOMMENCE ON TUESDAY 1ST FEBRUARY 2022  REHEARSING ON A TWICE WEEKLY BASIS. REHEARSALS WILL BE EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY EVENING 7pm to 9pm. SOME CAST MEMEBERS WILL ALSO BE REQUIRED ON OCCASIONS TO START AT 6.30PM ON TUESDAY AND THURSDAY EVENINGS FOR CHOREOGRAPHY.

ALSO, AGAIN SOME CAST MEMBERS WILL BE REQUIRED ON OCCASIONS ON SATURDAY MORNINGS FOR SINGING OR CHOREOGRAPHY.

MAMMA MIA PERFORMANCE DATES – 2022

Wednesday 4th May – Charity Night – 7.30pm

Friday 6th and Saturday 7th May – 7.30pm, Sunday 8th May – 2.00pm

Friday 13th and Saturday 14th May – 7.30pm, Sunday 15th May – 2.00pm

Friday 20th and Saturday 21st May – 7.30pm and Sunday 22nd May – 2.00pm

Friday 27th May and Saturday 28th May – 7.30pm

Mamma Mia Character Description

The heart of Mamma Mia is the music of ABBA, and we intend to present the songbook with maximum production value.  In many ways the ambition is to make it feel like a pop concert as a musical comedy featuring ABBA’s greatest hits.  For anyone interested in a slightly more rock and roll approach to theatre, this is a show to get involved with.  It is also an opportunity to have a unique experience on stage.  We are intending to cast a large “ensemble” 16 in the ensemble who will be on stage through much of the show.  Total cast size of 22.

While everyone will sing and dance to some extent, there will be an ever-present chorus, singing in virtually every number.  The uniting factor on stage will be the energy, spirit and delight that is magically contained in the music of ABBA. Apart from Sophie’s opening song, the cast provide backing vocals and harmonies in every song and there is a larger proportion than usual of fully choreographed big production numbers.  Essentially, if there’s music playing, it is safe to say you’re meant to be singing and probably dancing too.  There is very little down time for any cast member whether you are cast as ensemble or principal.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS

Available characters exist for all ages and genders, typically as follows, although note that the list below is subject to change and should not be considered definite.  The minimum age requirement for this show is aged sixteen at auditions.

There is no need or requirement for most characters to have specific accents in this show, however some accents would be preferred for a couple of characters as outlined below:

DONNA SHERIDAN

Sophie’s mother (around 40-50). The owner of the Taverna on the Greek Island of Kalokaira.  She is the former lead singer of “Donna and the Dynamos”. Free spirited, honest, hard-working.  She is fierce and independent.  Donna has a sensitivity about her that she has been trying to hide for 21 years.  Donna delivers some of the biggest solos in the show. (The Winner Takes It All, Slipping Through My Fingers, Dancing Queen, Super Trouper, Money, Money, Money, among others).

SOPHIE SHERIDAN

Donna’s headstrong 20-year-old daughter.  The exuberant bride-to-be, Sophie is determined to find the romance and happiness she feels eluded her mother and have a traditional family and a father to walk her down the aisle.  Young, bright and energetic, she has lived all her life on the island and is ready to leave. (I have a Dream, Honey, Honey, The Name of the Game, Lay All Your Love on Me, Under Attack, among others).

TANYA CRESHAM-LEIGH

One of Donna’s oldest and best friends, Tanya (around40-50) Former member of “Donna and The Dynamos” has married several millionaires.  Recently divorced from her third husband and prepping for her fourth plastic surgery.  Rich, sophisticated and witty. She flirts mercilessly with young men, happy to play but not to stick around.  (Chiquitita, Dancing Queen, Super Trouper, Does Your Mother Know, among others).

ROSIE MULLIGAN

One of Donna’s best friends.  Former member of “Donna and the Dynamos” (around 40-50)

Unmarried, free-spirited, carefree and renowned author of cookbooks.  A character who has developed a confident, funny, comedic, a bit of a clown exterior, which masks her inner vulnerability. Beneath it all and unbeknownst to even her, she is ready to through caution to the wind when the right one comes along. (Chiquitita, Dancing Queen, Super Trouper, Take a Chance on Me, among others).

SAM CARMICHAEL

One of Sophie’s potential fathers and a wealthy architect (40-50).  Sam has regretted leaving Donna all his life and now finds himself divorced and back in her presence.  He is straight-laced, confident and composed.  At times he is a little over-bearing, but he is determined not to mess up the second chance he has been given.  A very true and honest character within the chaos.  (S.O.S, Thank You for the Music, Knowing Me Knowing you, among others).

BILL AUSTIN

Another one of Sophie’s potential fathers.  A well-known travel writer and adventurer who has visited the far reaches of the earth, but never found what he is really looking for. A real character, good natured always ready for adventure (40-50).  Lots of comedy and a golden heart within. (Thank You for the Music, The Name of the Game, Take a Chance on Me, among others).

HARRY BRIGHT

Another of Sophie’s potential fathers, once a head-banging, partying musician formerly known as “Head Banger”, who went down the straight road – at least with his career.  He is now a respected British financier.  Harry is wealthy, conservative, eager to reconnect with his freer, youthful self. (40-50).  A nice guy, a true gentleman determined to make up for some past regrets and full of singing. British Accent preferred (Thank You for the Music, Our Last Summer, among others).

SKY

Sophie’s fiancé, a former stockbroker who moved to the island in a young version of a mid-life crisis.  He is older than Sophie (25-30) but smitten by her exotic charm.  Sky is romantic and athletic and sometimes too eager to please.  He has given up his life as a successful businessman to make over Donna’s Taverna. (Lay All Your Love on Me, among others).

ALI & LISA AND ENSEMBLE

Sophie’s best friends who have travelled to the island to be bridesmaids at the wedding. (Early 20s) A supporting double act of bubbly and excited duo.  (Honey, Honey, among others).

PEPPER AND ENSEMBLE

One of Sky’s best friends and groomsmen at the wedding.  Pepper is a flirty waiter at The Taverna featured through his brief relationship with Tanya.  (20-25). Hot, energetic and fun-loving (fancies himself), makes a great double-act with Eddie. (Take a Chance on Me among others).

EDDIE AND ENSEMBLE

One of Sky’s best friends and groomsmen at the wedding.  A waiter, boatman and handyman at The Taverna.  Other half of double act with Pepper (20-25). Eddie is laid-back and does not take life too seriously. (Full ensemble numbers).

ENSEMBLE – Wedding Guests. Various villagers of the Island. Taverna and Beach Workers 

This is truly an ensemble show – the success of “Mamma Mia” relies heavily on the spectacle these performers create.  Ensemble members in this show are not like they are in most other musicals; everything in this show is built upon the success of this group.  Some of the strongest performers on stage will be in the ensemble because these roles are incredibly vital.

While everyone will sing and dance to some extent, there will be an ever-present chorus, singing in virtually every number.  The uniting factor on stage will be the energy, spirit and delight that is magically contained in the music of ABBA. Apart from Sophie’s opening song, the cast provide backing vocals and harmonies in every song and there is a larger proportion than usual of fully choreographed big production numbers.  Essentially, if there’s music playing, it is safe to say you’re meant to be singing and probably dancing too.  There is very little down time for any cast member whether you are cast as ensemble or principal.

MAMMA MIA! AUDITION SONGS

Sophie – Thank you for the music bar 85 to the end. 
Donna – The winner takes it all bar 93 to the end
Tanya – Does your mother know bar 61-86
Rosie – Take a chance on me start to bar 22
Sam – SOS start to bar 29
Bill – Take a chance on me bar 48-56
Harry – Our last summer Start to bar 30
Sky – Lay all your love on me Start to bar 22
Pepper, Lisa, Ali and all ensemble – Voulez Vous Start to bar 36

BACKING TRACKS

**WE WOULD ALSO LIKE ANYONE AUDTIONING FOR A PRINCIPAL ROLE TO ALSO LEARN THE ENSEMBLE SONG “VOULEZ VOUS”.

MAMMA MIA DIALOGUE FOR AUDITIONS

DONNA      –   PAGES 30 TO 33 (WITH ANNE AND MAXINE) FROM “It’s her dad”

TANYA   – PAGES 30 TO 33 (WITH ANNE AND MAXINE) FROM “Who’s dad?”

ROSIE      –  PAGES 30 TO 33 (WITH ANNE AND MAXINE) FROM “Typical Bloody Man”

SOPHIE   – PAGES 69 & 70 (WITH JAMES) – It’s all gone wrong anyway-Sky”

SKYE        – PAGES 69 & 70 (WITH ANNE) “It’s bad luck to see each other!”

SAM         – PAGE 42  (WITH ANNE) – “Thank god you did”

HARRY    –  PAGE 43  (WITH ANNE) – “Fancy Donna with a grown-up daughter!”

BILL   –       PAGE 44  (WITH ANNE)- “Can I be nosy?”

PEPPER      –  PAGE 63 (WITH ANNE) – “Madame! This should tickle your taste-buds”

ALI            –  PAGES 3 & 4  (WITH ANNE AND MAXINE) – From “Sophie!”

LISA         –  PAGES  3 & 4  (WITH ANNE AND MAXINE) – From “Sophie!”

Mamma Mia Dialogue Pages