‘Mamma Mia,’ the famous musical based on the pop-hits of ABBA, is coming to the Arlington High School stage as the school’s spring musical production.
The school’s drama department is bringing the songs and story to the Byrnes Performing Arts Center at 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd., Arlington, on March 1, 2, 8 and 9.
Shows begin at 7 p.m. An additional 2 p.m. performance will be held on March 9 as well.
Tickets are $8 for seniors or students and $10 for other adults.
Before it was a film, ‘Mamma Mia’ was a Broadway play that followed the same story.
“This show is based around a woman who dates three guys around the same time and gets pregnant by the time she’s done with all three of them,” said student Grace Moberly, who plays Donna Sheridan.
“Then you flash forward about 20 years and the daughter is all grown up and getting married,” said Moberly.
The story revolves around the daughter finding out which of the three men is her father.
Arlington High School student Kirahy Meyers plays one of the potential fathers.
“He’s a thinker, an architect, who plans out everything and that’s similar to me, so it’s been very fun,” he said.
Aidan Espinosa, an Arlington High School student, plays another of the potential fathers.
“Bill is a very adventurous writer, not the type of person to settle down with a family or kids,” he said.
For many of the students, ‘Mamma Mia’ is one of their favorite plays.
“I literally started crying [after finding out she had been cast as one of the lead roles],” said Moberly.
“We’ve wanted to do this show for so long but because there was a movie and it was on Broadway we never had the rights, but this year we finally got them,” she said.
Espinosa said he was happy that they were able to put the show on.
“I was extremely thrilled that we'd be doing it as my senior show,” he said.
“It’s always been my favorite show ever. ABBA is one of my favorite bands. I grew up listening to them in the car with my mom on long road trips,” he said.
For others, it was their first exposure to ABBA music and the story.
“At first I was kind of like whatever, because I don’t know a lot of pop culture in general,” said Meyers.
“I was told I should watch it, but I didn’t get around to it and by that time I had started to build an interpretation of my character and I didn’t want to watch the movie and get thrown off,” he said.
Students hope that the audience will enjoy the classic pop songs that are featured all throughout the show.
“Every song that is being played is something that an adult is going to recognize, something that they grew up with, so hopefully they’ll be able to sing along,” said Moberly.
“It’s going to feel more like a concert than a show,” said Espinosa.
“I’m hoping we have audience members waving their hands and turning on the lights on their phones,” he said.
More information and ticket purchase links are available at byrnesperformingarts.org.