Hey blog world! In 2009, when I was 12 years old, my mom took me on a trip to New York City because I’m obsessed with musical theater and had always wanted to see a show on Broadway. One of the shows we took in on our trip was “Mamma Mia”. It was absolutely incredible! Last Saturday night, I had the chance to see a local production staged by Theatre St. John’s and Broadway didn’t hold a candle to it! This was even better!
My date to the show was my boyfriend Glen! Last Saturday evening was very special because a: we haven’t had a date night in forever because of both of our busy schedules, and b: the tickets to the show were my present to Glen for his 29th Birthday back in May. Neither of us could wait for the big day to come and when it finally did, both of us were super giddy and excited to get to the theater and see the show!
When we arrived at the theater, we got quite the surprise! Erin Winsor was there selling cookies! Erin is such a lovely person, if she doesn’t make you smile your heart is made of stone! It was wonderful to see her and have a chat. The cookies she was selling were baked by Craig Pike, brother of Keith Pike, the artistic director of Theatre St. John’s. Craig also played the role of Bill. I wish I had thought to bring my wallet because the cookies looked amazing! There were peanut butter cookies that had Reese’s Cups smushed into the middle! I’m drooling just typing about them! I hope someday I’ll get to taste one!
Soon it was time to enter the auditorium. When the lights went down, Keith Pike came onstage. He talked a little bit about Theatre St. John’s and he gave us a dance lesson! He got the entire audience up on their feet and taught us a disco routine for the ABBA Megamix Finale! It was so much fun!!
Finally, the moment we had been waiting for arrived! The show started!!! Julia Dunne was in the role of Sophie. She is a beautiful young girl inside and out! She has such a pretty voice. She opened the show with “I Have A Dream” and it was one of the most beautiful things I’d ever heard! I asked Glen what he thought of her performance, “Rockin’!” was his answer. I couldn’t agree more. All throughout the show she totally rocked!
Tina Maddigan Mayer played Donna. Fun fact, she originated the role of Sophie on Broadway!! When she came out on stage and sang her first song “Money, Money, Money”, it came as no surprise to me that she was once a Broadway star! What an unbelieveable voice she’s got!
In the next scene, Harry (Peter Halley) discovered the old guitar that he had bought for Donna was still in the tavern, then he picked it up and played “Thank You For The Music”! Peter never ceases to amaze me! He is a man of many, many talents! He’s good at sports (He’s a great bowler and he’s incredible at swim races! Blink and you’ll miss him! He turns into the Flash!), he’s tutored me in several subjects (no matter what subject I throw at him, be it World History, Inclusion or Positive Behavior Guidance he’s always willing to help me with homework or studying) and of course he’s very artistically talented! He’s a phenomenal singer and pianist, a fantastic writer (all his shows at Spirit of Newfoundland are spectacular! Also, we spent the past two years writing a show together! Not to toot our own horns but it’s excellent!), and apparently also a really great guitar player! There’s nothing he can’t do! Getting back to the show, I was already absolutely loving “Thank You For The Music” because it’s one of my favorite ABBA songs and Peter was doing a lovely job of singing and playing it, but then Sophie joined in! It sounded even better! Their two voices blending together sounded angelic! This performance made my heart feel warm and fuzzy inside! I almost cried happy tears!
It’s a shame in my opinion that Donna and the Dynamo’s were back together for one night and one night only! Shelley, Michelle and Tina, please consider reprising your roles and doing a full concert! I would pay to come see it! The scenes and songs with you three in them together were my favorites in the show! You were hilarious and so full of energy, sass and fun, and all three of you have stunning voices! Glen’s favorite song in the show was one that involved you three, “Dancing Queen”! That is Glen’s favorite song of all time and he lit up when you sang it! You made his night!
The ensemble of this show was spectacular! They all had great singing voices! And the dancing, oh my firetrucking God! I couldn’t believe the choreography! Flips, high kicks, disco, all of it blew my mind! This was the best choreography I’ve ever seen in any show ever!
While still on the subject of choreography, “Lay All Your Love On Me”, now that was something else! Kudos to all the men in the ensemble, how they were able to dance in wet suits and flippers is beyond me! That tight rubber doesn’t seem like it allows much range of movement. It must have been difficult to dance in! Even so, they pulled off some really impressive moves, made it look easy, and made me crack up laughing throughout the whole number! Dancing men in wet suits and flippers strikes me as very funny!
Another thing I really liked about that number was getting to hear Sky (Adam Charles) sing! He was phenomenal! A better Sky couldn’t be found in my opinion! I hope this won’t be the last time I see him! Glen hopes the same! Adam was Glen’s favorite performer! He said about Adam “I likes that nice, good boyfriend. He’s a good singer! I want to be like him!”
When it came time for the intermission, sweet Glen burst into tears! He cried on my shoulder for quite some time because of how happy he was to be there and how much he loved the show! That made my heart overflow and I almost started crying too!
My favorite song from act II was “The Winner Takes It All”. That is my all time favorite ABBA song and Tina really showed off her powerhouse vocals in this number! It was breathtaking!
The dad’s had some great musical moments in Act II as well! One of which was “Take A Chance On Me”. Rosie (Shelley Neville) was trying to seduce Bill and he was not ok with it… at first anyway! This was my favorite scene in the show involving Bill. I love his voice and thought he was very funny in this song, trying to get away from Rosie! Sam’s performance of “Knowing Me, Knowing You” was spectacular! He too has a very powerful voice!”Our Last Summer”, where Harry and Donna reminisced about their time together was beautiful! Peter and Tina sound lovely together!
The show ended with a wedding, but this would turn out to be no ordinary day for Sophie and her wedding party! (*Spoiler alert!) It’s revealed that her dad is present! Donna is about to reveal (I think for sure it’s Sam) but Sophie doesn’t want to know! She loves all three and it doesn’t matter to her which is really her biological parent. Harry, Bill and Sam are happy to finally be part of her life and 1/3rd of a father to her. I thought that was very sweet! Also, Sophie decides she is not ready to get married after all! Not wanting to waste a wedding day, Sam proposes to Donna and she accepts! The show had a lot of feel-good moments, but this one by far was the most lovely! My heart overflowed and again I almost cried with happiness!
For those of you wondering who ordained the wedding and married Sam and Donna? None other than Father Alan Doyle!!!! Yes, the front man of Great Big Sea made a special cameo in the show! I thought that was the most awesome thing!
To cap off the show was of course the ABBA Megamix that Keith had prepared us for at the start of the evening! It was mesmerizing! Glen and I had a blast dancing and singing along!! Also, the brightly colored outfits that the dad’s and the dynamo’s were wearing looked awesome! Glen’s favorite was the red jumpsuit Geoffrey Tyler (Sam) wore because red is his favorite color. My favorite was the purple jumpsuit Peter Halley wore! Purple is my favorite color! In terms of the girls, Glen loved Shelley’s pink jumpsuit. I loved Tina’s light blue one! It was fabulous and she looked gorgeous in it!
Once the show had ended, we mingled with the cast! We actually got to go up onstage and see them! That was so cool! Glen and I loved getting to talk to and take pictures with everyone! Here are some of the ones we took on stage!
Glen and I with Peter Halley who played Harry
Donna and her backup Dynamo’s!
Me and Alan Doyle!
When we headed out to the lobby we ran into more cast members from the show. Glen was elated when he saw Adam. He turned to me with a look of sheer joy and excitement on his face and said “There’s Sky! I’m gonna get to meet him!” Adam was just as elated to meet Glen and hear that he was his favorite! The three of us talked about this show and musical theater in general. Adam is a really nice, down to earth guy. I’m glad we got to meet him.
Glen and I both will never forget that night! To everyone in the cast, band and crew, thank you for the music! I can’t wait to see what Theater St. John’s has in store next! Until next time blog world, always remember
If you see the wonder of a fairy tale, you can take the future even if you fail