‘Mamma Mia!’ musical to premier July 16


VERSAILLES — Towne & Country Players’ summer show, “Mamma Mia!,” will hold the opening night of the show on Tuesday, July 16, at 7 p.m., at the Versailles Performing Arts Center.

Other shows include July 17, 18, and 19, at 7 p.m., as well as a Saturday matinee on July 20, at 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by going to www.TowneAndCountryPlayers.com and clicking on the banner at the top of the web page, or by calling the “Mamma Mia!” box office, at 937-381-7339.

“Mamma Mia!,” the fourth highest earning show on Broadway in history, centers around a 20-year-old girl named Sophie, played by Megan VanSkyock, whose wedding is quickly approaching. Her mom, Donna, played by Renee Seibert, who has raised Sophie on her own, is helping her prepare for her big day.

One “minor” detail is that Sophie wants to be walked down the aisle by her real dad. The problem is, Donna doesn’t know who Sophie’s real dad is — it could Sam, Bill, or Harry, played by Ken DeMange, Chad Peyton, and Sam Graves.

Things appear to be running smoothly as Sophie’s best friends, played by Alli Cox, Anna Groff, Cali Groff, and Erin Luft, show up, as well as the members of Donna’s former all-girl band, played by Lynn Blakeley and Lindsey Ausborn. Even Donna’s handymen, played by LJ Keihl and Jedd Rismiller, join in to help out.

Unfortunately for them, but fortunately for the audience, things go awry as one hilarious mishap leads to another.

Supported by a cast of over 50 people from Versailles and surrounding towns, “Mamma Mia!” is a musical comedy that features 22 songs from the Swedish supergroup, ABBA. Among those hits are “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia,” “Winner Takes it All,” “Take a Chance on Me,” and “Waterloo.”