By Angie Mayes
Special to Mt. Juliet News
Wilson Central High School Wildcat Theatre will present “Mamma Mia,” March 28-31 in the school auditorium.
The classic show based on hits from the 1970s supergroup Abba will feature a large cast and crew in the show.
Actors Caylin Maguire who plays Tanya; Isabelle Leonard who plays Rosie; Alanna Diserens who is Sophia’s understudy; Sarah Beth Barlow who plays Donna, Azel Eddings who plays Sky; Addison Owens who plays Bill; Tristan Lockamy who plays Harry; and Johan Smith who plays Sam recently talked about the show.
“I just love everybody in it,” said Owens. “I feel connected to the cast. This is my senior show.”
Lockamy said, “Abba is a great band and they have great music. It’s fun to sing their songs on stage with everyone else.”
Leonard said she grew up listening to Abba with her mom.
“I’ve also done musical theatre since my freshman year, so this is kind of natural,” she said.
Maguire said she heard about the band and music through the musical first.
“Then my mom said, ‘Did you know that these are all from a band?” she said. “I was raised by a drama major.”
Lockamy said he’s always been interested in “the old music like Abba and the Beatles. I like [the music in the show] a lot.”
The show takes place within a two-day period.
“Forty-eight hours, and that’s it,” said Maguire. “It’s jam-packed. You’ll smile. You’ll cry.”
Maguire continued Leonard’s thoughts.
“You’ll laugh,” she said. “You’ll dance in your seat.”
Diserens said, “It’s a such an energetic and lively show to put on with everyone, because it has this spirit of this big-story adventure, and it’s like, what’s going to happen next?”
Barlow said she believes the audience members will “be more grateful for their family. It makes them have that love for their friendships. It’s a feel-good kind of show.”
Just because the storyline takes place in Greece, Maguire said, “It’s a show that can take place anywhere.
Maguire said the stage musical is not the same as the movie.
“There are songs in there that were in the movie,” she said. “Some of the stuff is in a different order. It’s not the movie on stage. It’s still the same overall story, but it’s not identical. So, don’t come expecting Meryl Streep.”
Diserens said the stage show, “kind of allows you to see a different side of the characters. Because it’s a play, there’s more insight into the characters, rather than the whole production value. You can really look into these lives.”
Shows March 28-29 will start 7 p.m., and there will be two shows March 30 at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The matinee will be a sing-along show. The March 31 show will begin at 2:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $15, and student tickets are $10.