AUDITIONS MOVED TO ZOOM
Prepare to have the time of your life at Mamma Mia! Sophie, a 20-year-old bride-to-be, is on the search for her father. After reading her mother’s diary, she discovers there are three potential candidates. Unbeknownst to her mother, Donna, Sophie invites each of them in hopes of having her actual father walk her down the aisle. As the big day draws near, surprises abound with old flames and old friends. MAMMA MIA! is packed with 22 ABBA hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me,” and “The Winner Takes It All.” This worldwide megahit will have audiences shouting “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” more!
Music and Lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson
Book by Catherine Johnson
Allyson Richert, Director
Hillary Vermillion, Music Director
Victoria Rae Sook, Choreographer
Content guide: This production contains adult humor and content, some coarse language and put downs, and moments of physical intimacy.
Auditions: Sign Up Now!
- Information Session: Wednesday, January 5th at 7:00PM via Zoom.
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- Auditions MOVED TO ZOOM: Wednesday, January 12th 6:00-9:00PM & Sunday, January 16th 10:00AM- 1:00PM
- Call-backs: Wednesday, January 19th at 6:00 PM (if needed: some may be called for a callback to see them act, sing or dance again.)
- Rehearsals: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00-9:00pm and a few Saturday rehearsals. (February 19, March 26, April 2) Beginning January 31st, 2022.
- Tech rehearsals: April 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th. All actors will be called.
- Performances: April 8th, April 9th, April 10th, April 15th, April 16th, April 22nd, April 23rd, April 24th.
Directed by Allyson Richert, Musical Direction by Hillary Vermillion and Choreography by Victoria Rae Sook.
GREAT remains committed to monitoring the current recommendations, guidelines and restrictions and will continue to follow CDC guidelines and executive orders.
Given the rapid spread of COVID19, particularly in our tri-county area, GREAT is updating our vaccination/testing policy for staff and volunteers to help keep our casts and team healthy so we can keep producing live theatre experiences. Effective December 9, 2021 all GREAT staff, artists, and volunteers are required to show either proof of vaccination or weekly proof of a negative PCR test. Masking will continue to be required for everyone regardless of vaccination status, except while on stage during performances. More information can be found HERE.
WHAT TO PREPARE FOR AUDITIONS
Please prepare one song from our provided list that best showcases your voice and demonstrates a connection to the character that you are most interested in playing.
- Donna: “The Winner Takes it all” measures 1-28
- Men, Sophie, and Ali: “Thank You for the Music” measures 50-63
- Donna, Tanya, Rosie, and Lisa: “Mama Mia” measures 45-59
Choreography for Waterloo. In your audition form, please indicate if you have experience in tumbling (aerials, walkovers, back handsprings, etc.)
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Donna: A complex woman who is more than she seems on the outside. Warm, yet strong, Donna gave up stardom with her group, the Dynamos, to raise her daughter, Sophie. She is fierce and independent, and she loves freely…but will also hold a grudge. Donna has a sensitivity about her that she has been trying to hide for 21 years. (This role requires onstage intimacy/kiss.
Sophie: The exuberant bride-to-be. She is excited to be marrying her fiancé, Sky, whom she is absolutely head-over-heels, butterflies-in-your-stomach in love with. Sophie adores her mom, Donna, but has recently felt a longing to have her dad in her life…in fact, she has a longing to find out who he is! (This role requires onstage intimacy/kiss as well as some level of undress: bathing suit.)
Tanya: A former singer in the “Dynamos” who is Rich, sophisticated, and witty. She is recently divorced from her third husband and preparing for her fourth plastic surgery. She loves to flirt to get her way but enjoys her independence. (This role requires onstage intimacy/kiss and may require some level of undress: bathing suit.)
Rosie: A former singer in the “Dynamos” who is confident, strong, and funny. Rosie has no fear and is quite happy being on her own. She doesn’t need to be “tied down” to feel complete. And yet, beneath it all and unbeknownst to even her, she’s ready to throw caution to the wind when the right one comes along. (This role requires onstage intimacy/kiss.)
Lisa: Sophie’s friend who arrives to be a bridesmaid. Very energetic and excited. Should be a strong mover. Featured ensemble role.
Ali: Sophie’s friend. Impulsive and fun. Should contrast to Lisa and Sophie. Should be a strong mover. Featured ensemble role.
Sam: May be Sophie’s father. Left Donna 20 years ago because he was engaged to another woman. Charming, successful architect. Should be able to move well. Supporting principal role. (This role requires onstage intimacy/kiss.)
Harry: May be Sophie’s father. British financier, wealthy, buttoned-up, and conservative but trying to reconnect with his freer, youthful self. Must do a very convincing English accent. Also an actor who sings. Should be able to move well. Supporting principal role.
Bill: May be Sophie’s father. A travel writer with few possessions and no strings. Good-natured, always ready for adventure. Funny, comedic actor. Should be able to move well. Supporting principal role. (This role requires onstage intimacy/kiss.)
Sky: Sophie’s fiance. Athletic, attractive – was an emerging successful businessperson. Left life on the mainland and the big city to help Donna with her taverna and marry Sophie. Featured ensemble role. (This role requires onstage intimacy/kiss and may include some level of undress on stage: shirt off.)
Pepper: Sky’s friend and Eddie’s best buddy. Helps run the hotel. Charming, always flirting. Should be a strong mover.Featured ensemble role. (This role requires onstage intimacy.)
Eddie: Good buddies with Pepper. Eddie is laid-back Laid-back, easy going.Should be a strong mover Featured ensemble role.
Father Alexandrios: Island priest who is the officiant for Sky and Sophie’s wedding.
Ensemble: Dynamic dancers with vocal range and comedic chops. Actors must be strong actors/singers who move extraordinarily well. The ensemble plays a wide variety of roles. We are seeking a full range of voices including excellent low-reaching Altos, experienced Mezzo and Sopranos, Basses, Baritones and Tenors.
Note about staged intimacy:
GREAT has been learning from Intimacy Directors & Coordinators to improve processes and incorporate safer practices for theatrical intimacy in our rehearsals.
Theatrical intimacy is any action on stage where the given circumstances of the scene or the overall production calls for touch, both physical and imaginative, or moments between actors of simulated sexuality or sexual violence.
All scenes with intimacy follow a specific set of staging and rehearsal protocols rooted in consent and safety for the actors.
In the production of Mamma Mia, intimacy occurs between multiple characters and includes kissing, embracing, and other moments of physical touch. All characters who have moments of on stage intimacy are noted in the audition descriptions as are characters who may appear in some level of undress due to the context of the show: it takes place on a warm island so some characters may wear a swimsuit/trunks.