Community theatre Inspiration Stage recently announced its presentation of the popular musical “Mamma Mia!” with 12 shows over three weekends starting July 26 through Aug. 11
ABBA’s hits — “Dancing Queen,” “Take A Chance On Me,” “S.O.S.,” “Mamma Mia” and more — tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father.
This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise, where on the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.
The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.
“We have a strong, solid cast of local actors bringing the characters of this romantic comedy to life,” said Inspiration Stage’s guest director Nathan C. Hand. “With its unforgettable ABBA score, our staging promises the enchanting tale of eternal laughter, enduring love, explosive choreography, and a walk down the aisle for a daughter and three possible dads and a walk down memory lane for a mother and her true love.”
Hand is no stranger to the stage, both as a performer and as production staff.
He has collaborated in professional, non-profit and educational theatre for more than 25 years, and previously co-directed and co-choreographed “The Producers” with artistic director Mandy Seymore-Sensat at Inspiration Stage in the summer of 2015.
With dozens of acting and directing credits, Hand’s favorite collaborations are directing/choreographing a run of “Aida,” co-staring Tony Award winner Jarrod Emick; directing/choreographing the South Texas premiere of “Disney’s Tarzan;” and productions/projects with Broadway’s Richard H. Blake, Anthony Rapp (Broadway’s RENT), Adam Jacobs (Broadway’s Aladdin) and soap/serial veterans Robin Mattson (All my Children) and Catherine Hickland (One Life to Live).
“I am very excited to be back at Inspiration Stage this summer to direct and choreograph the campy, clever, family-friendly musical,” Hand said. “The story unravels against the white-washed, blue-doored buildings of an enchanting Greek island with waters so blue, it aches your eyes.”
“Mamma Mia!” has an energetic cast of talented adults, ages 16 and above, from around the greater Houston area. This show also marks the last production of Inspiration Stage’s 2018-2019 season.
“Mamma Mia!” will show at the historic Sugar Land Auditorium, 226 Lakeview Dr. at 8 p.m. July 26 and 27, Aug. 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10 and at 3 p.m. July 28, Aug. 3, 4, 10 and 11. For tickets and information, visit www.inspirationstage.com.