The TWHS Spring Musical, Mama Mia!, Opens Today, February 25th


Jason Dale

Cast members of Mama Mia Practice for the opening of the show on February 25, 2022

Alaina Walter

After months of rehearsal, Mamma Mia! will be performed by the TWHS Theater in the Hottenroth Auditorium on February 25th and 26th. The cast has been getting ready for the musical since November. Mamma Mia! is a jukebox musical by Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson. It tells the story of a bride named Sophie who is trying to discover the identity of her biological father. She’s hoping to find him so he can walk her down the aisle at her wedding. Her mother Donna tries to get ready for the wedding with the help of her two friends and former bandmates. Over the course of the musical, Sophie realizes that her relationship with her mother matters more than finding her biological father.
In the TWHS production, Greta James and Erin Oberle star as Sophie and Donna, with Tommy Sinclair, Ben Stone, and Ryan Buckley as possible fathers Sam, Bill, and Harry. Sinclair is a senior, has been in a variety of shows and played many roles including Thomas Jefferson in 1776. James, a junior, has also played Sally, in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Pepper in Annie. James says that being in the cast is a great experience.
“It’s such a big cast,” she says. “I’ve gotten to get close with a lot of people and being a lead, I get to interact with a lot of them, too, and it’s so fun to hang out with everyone.”
The cast members are a really big part of every show and how they bond with each other can be important, as it could show onstage. Ethan Dale, who plays Father Alexandrios, is an experienced senior in the play with some underclassmen. It can be helpful for underclassmen to have upperclassmen help them learn the ropes of extracurricular activities like theater.
Like every show, Mamma Mia! has required a lot of practice. It’s been a bumpy road, and some songs, like “Way All Your Love On Me” and “Voulez Vous” have needed a lot of work, but the show will surely be a great one. If you are interested in seeing Mamma Mia!, tickets are available to purchase online through the Worthington City Box Office until they sell out.