MAMMA MIA! Costumes, Sets, & Dances Begin in Week Two

This Week’s Author
Aaron Meny

This week’s MAMMA MIA update is written by Senior Aaron Meny. This year, Aaron is the Historian of ITS Troupe #5623 and portrays the role of Eddie in this season’s production of MAMMA MIA.

Week two of MAMMA MIA is a wrap! Though it was a shorter week than usual, we could all put our time to good use and progress on scenes 3 and 5 in Act I. We hit the ground running, using last Saturday to begin work on many different aspects of the show. At school, our dancers began learning routines for “Gimme Gimme Gimme” as well as other dances performed later in the show. We also had our wonderful parent volunteers on stage, working on constructing our permanent hotel and taverna set.

Offsite, we had many people, including myself, make the trip to the World Wide Missions Consignment Shop in Evansville, where we searched for outfits that would fit the period of this show. Here, we were able to find many items that would suit our characters well, ranging from more beachy attire to more formal. As the week went on, we worked on two major scenes of the show, both fun and with great significance to the story. It was a loaded three days between initial line readings, blocking on stage, working on vocals, and then getting everything polished.

This year, I portray the role of Eddie in the show. This is proving to be a big learning curve, as, in years past, I have had to put on a certain voice and have major costuming with my hair. This year, however, I get to rely more on my facial expressions and body language to show who my character is. While the process has been a little different, it is still so fun and I am enjoying every moment. I truly cannot wait to see it all come together, and hope you decide to join us in celebrating our 50th season with this fun musical!