“Mamma Mia!” tells the story of Sophia Sheridan, a 20-year-old who lives with her mother on an idyllic Greek island. She is about to be married and wishes for only one thing: That her dad could walk her down the aisle. The only problem is that she doesn’t know who her dad is! And her mother, the former lead singer of the 1970s pop group Donna and the Dynamos, refuses to talk about it.
Left with no other options, Sophie decides to take matters into her own hands. Sneaking a peek in her mother’s old diaries, she discovers three possibilities: Sam, Bill and Harry; an American architect, an Australian adventurer, and a British banker. She secretly invites all three to the wedding, convinced that she will know him as soon as she sees him.
The gentlemen arrive and Sophia soon realizes that she hasn’t a clue. Told through the 1970s legendary music of ABBA, “Mamma Mia!” has become a worldwide sensation that has audiences everywhere dancing in the aisles. Watching “Mamma Mia!,” audiences will be completely engaged by the songs, dance, music, laughter, tears and the story that takes us through life’s good friendships and struggles even relevant today.
The Grand Rapids Players are especially excited to be collaborating with the Itasca Community Chorus, directed by Sam Evans, who will provide the vocal accompaniment and will be included on stage in at least two of the dance numbers.
This production is produced with permission from MTI, Music Theatre International, NY, N.Y.. “Mamma Mia!” is underwritten by Dr. Lee and Mary Jo Jess and Woodland Bank-Brian and Jeanne Nicklason along with support from the Blandin Foundation.
Please be aware this play has adult themes, not recommended for youth. Recommended rating is PG13.
Mamma Mia! will be showing Live@TheReif for six performances:
Handsome and Handy: A Reif Center Fundraiser Featuring Red Green’s “This Could Be It” tour!
6 p.m. R̶e̶d̶n̶e̶c̶k̶ Sophisticated games, prizes, home improvement tips & more! 7 p.m. Show Meet and Greet with Red to follow
Steve Smith, better known as Red Green, from the beloved Gemini Award-winning comedy series The Red Green Show, is taking the show to the road in 2019 for his “This Could Be It” tour. The name says it all: Potentially Red Green’s last tour as he heads out on the road to hold ‘Lodge Meetings’ all over North America. This might be your last opportunity to catch Red live before he takes a long look at his birth certificate and decides not to keep pushing his luck.
This one man show features some brand new handyman projects, advice to married guys and teenage boys, tips on getting old, an apology to the world on behalf of all baby boomers, with special contributions from Harold and a couple of other cast members, talking animals, and a final wish from Red to all of his loyal fans.
Self appointed master handyman and outdoorsman and a weekly participant in Canada’s socialized medical system. The Ambassador for Scotch Brand Duct Tape and a firm believer that no repair job should outlive you. Hates information but loves his own point of view. Likes taking things that were intended for one purpose and using them for something completely different. Oblivious to failure. (That could all change once he experiences success). Either the youngest old man or oldest young man you will ever meet.
Born December 24, 1945 to mixed parents. Canadian. Male (except for the two weeks after the bicycle crossbar incident) Married to Bernice for 42 years. Right after he met his nephew Harold he made the decision not to have children. Has been leader of Possum Lodge since the late 70’s. Does not receive a salary but has access to petty cash. Does not have significant formal education but has access to petty opinions. Retired in 2006 when he ran out of ideas. Rejoined the workforce in 2009 when he ran out of money. 2019 is likely his last year of touring.