BPA stages ‘Mamma Mia!” in May

Set sail for paradise this May at Bainbridge Performing Arts with a new production of the storytelling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs and the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father in “Mamma Mia!”

This sunny and funny tale of love, laughter, and friendship unfolds on a Greek island 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.

Director and choreographer Troy Wageman has performed in some the leading musical theatre houses in the country including Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, ArtsWest, Sound Theatre Company, Houston’s Theatre Under The Stars, American Musical Theatre Of San Jose, The Ordway, and Lyric Light Opera.

Previously appearing as Burrs in the Gregory Award-winning production of “The Wild Party” for Sound Theatre Company, the director most recently performed on BPA’s stage as Tick in “Priscilla Queen of the Desert.”

Also returning from that show is musical director Brandon Peck, who previously received a Broadway World Award for Music Direction for his work on “Jesus Christ Superstar” at SMT and a Gypsy Rose Lee Award nomination for music direction on “Toxic Avenger” with StageRight.

Together the artistic duo leads an enchanting cast of BPA newcomers and returning favorites, including Hannah Knap-Jenkins, Olivia Lee, Ryan McCabe, Michelle Abad, Garrett Dill, Wayne Purves, Matt Eldridge, Timothy Glynn, Ania Briggs, Tori Konig, Joey Chapman, Casey DeCaire and an ensemble featuring Andrea Ogg, Erin Smith, Tina Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth Dangelo, Kierney Johnson, Cordelia Janow, Justin Silver, Ben Eldridge and Ross Eide.

Evening shows are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with 3 p.m. Sunday matinees. The show runs from Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 19.

The run includes a special pay-what-you-can preview at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2 and the opening night reception at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 3.

Tickets, $29 for adults, $24 for seniors, students, youth, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206-842-8569, or in person at BPA (200 Madison Ave. North).

BPA box office hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance. Also, “First Saturday” teen tickets are just $5 at the box office on the first Saturday of the run.

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