High School Production of Mamma Mia Dances onto North Peace Cultural Centre Stage

Travis Fortnum
12/06/2018

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You know the songs, you know the story, and now thanks to students at North Peace Secondary School you can enjoy the music of ABBA - right in Fort St. John.

"The music is the number one reason to do this show," explains Emry Mika, director of the production. "It's been a while since we've done a rock show at the high school level, so to bring them into a new genre of music and style has been a lot of fun.

"We were really surprised when we brought in the show how many people knew it. They might be a younger generation but they're still very aware of the music."

Since its debut nearly 20 years ago, Mamma Mia has become a worldwide phenomenon. It was then made into a hit film in 2008, and sequel this past summer staring Amanda Seyfried and Meryl Streep playing the leads.

They will not be reprising their roles here in the Peace.

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Instead, the mother-daughter roles of Donna and Sophie Sheridan will be played by Elysia Cruz and Whitney Troyer respectively.

"I'm super, super excited," Cruz says. "I'm so proud of this team. It's definitely a powerhouse."

Troyer says she almost went for a smaller part, before taking a chance at the lead.

"I was planning to go in and just get maybe one solo," She says. "Then I went in and I was like - you know what, no. I can do this. I had that mentality, and then I came back and she was like, you got the role."

The show runs through next weekend, with public performances on the seventh and eighth - as well as the 13th, 14th and 15th.

While they're hoping for audiences to enjoy themselves - the cast is also falling in love with the show themselves.

"I came in not really enjoying the show," says Hunter Haynes - who will take the stage as Sophie's fiance, Sky. "But after working with it enough, it's absolutely amazing - and I can't wait for you guys to see it."

Tickets still available, and can be purchased at North Peace Cultural Centre Box Office or online. They're $20 for adults, $15 for students and $11 for seniors and children.

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