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Stony Batter Players, Mercersburg Academy’s student theatre company, is proud to announce its winter musical, “Mamma Mia!,” which opens Friday, February 7 in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre. Two other performances will be on tap Saturday and Sunday, February 8-9.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. The show is free and open to the public, and seating is general admission. The house opens 30 minutes prior to curtain.

Reservations are not required but audience members wishing to choose seats in advance may do so online at Patrons with questions related to the production can email or call 717-328-6349.

The play, set in Greece, is directed by Mercersburg’s theatre director Laurie Mufson.

The Plot, and ABBA’s Legendary Music

Sophie dreams of a perfect wedding, including her father giving her away. There’s one problem: Sophie doesn’t know who he is.

Sophie takes matters into her own hands when her mother Donna, former lead singer of the 1970s pop group Donna and the Dynamos, won’t discuss the past. Sneaking a peek in her mother’s old diaries, she discovers three possible fathers: Sam, Bill, and Harry.

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She secretly invites all three to the wedding, convinced that she’ll know her father when she sees him; but when all three turn up, it may not be as clear as she thought! Told through the legendary music of ABBA, “Mamma Mia! has become a worldwide sensation that has audiences everywhere dancing.

“I feel like on one level it’s upbeat and fun and we’re in Greece, but underneath there is a story about a strong woman and the choices she had to make in her life and how she chose to raise her daughter on her own,” Mufson said. “It’s more than just a light piece of fluff. It’s a much more complex show than people think.”

“The underlying story is the need to understand who you are,” Mufson said. “That’s Sophie’s big question—how she feels incomplete without knowing who her father is, and her discovery of who he is. There are some wonderful identity questions that the characters struggle with.”

“Mamma Mia! is based on the book by Catherine Johnson and co-produced by Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus.

Cast, Crew and Credits

More than 45 students make up the cast and crew. 

Richard Rotz (arts faculty and director of music), James Brinson (arts faculty), and Lindsay Owen (private vocal teacher) are providing musical direction and vocal coaching; Kelly Dowling (arts faculty/assistant director of the Burgin Center for the Arts) is the lead designer for the show; and Jessica Doubell (arts faculty) is the technical director. Other members of the creative team include  Walt Dowling and Pat McDaniel.

This year, members of the school’s Community Engagement team are working with the Mercersburg Lions Club to collect unused eyeglasses to donate to the Club. A drop-off location will be available in the Cofrin Gallery in the Burgin Center for the Arts at each performance. 

“Mamma Mia!” Takes the Simon Theatre Stage February 7-9
“Mamma Mia!” Takes the Simon Theatre Stage February 7-9

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