The “Super Troupers” are Back! Crew Members Join Cast for Rehearsals

This Week’s Author
Eva Spindler

This week’s MAMMA MIA! update is written by Senior Eva Spindler. This year, Eva is the Vice-President for ITS Troupe #5623 and holds the Head of Sound technical crew position for this season’s production of MAMMA MIA!

Big things are happening as week 7 of MAMMA MIA! rehearsals come to a close!

While it was only a 3-day rehearsal week, significant progress and changes were made in the rehearsal process. Tuesday was a noteworthy day, as it was the first time technical crew members attended rehearsals. Director Adam Bledsoe started the day off introducing our crew heads, and explaining the importance the crew makes to a show. Additionally, he discussed the teaser we put on for middle school students on February 23, and how we should prepare for it. Next, Stage Manager Tyler McFadden informed crews of their positions, and rehearsal began. We worked heavily on Act 1 Scenes 2 and 6, which include musical numbers Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! and Money, Money, Money.

On Wednesday we continued to familiarize ourselves with scenes for the teaser, which included songs such as Under Attack and Our Last Summer. Thursday was a very exciting day, as Orchestra Conductor Rob Hutchinson attended rehearsals, giving cast and crew the opportunity to hear the musical numbers live. We did our first full run-through of the show, adjusting to the live music and new lighting designs. Art students also finished up some final touches on the set Thursday, making the stage ready for the teaser.

On Friday, cast and crew members started preparing for the teaser after our fourth period classes. We had a fantastic turnout, with around 600 students attending from Fort Branch, Haubstadt, and Owensville Community Schools. The teaser provided us with a great checkpoint to track our further progress as we go through the rehearsal process.

This year I am continuing my role as Head of Sound. I took over this position at the beginning of my sophomore year, and I am grateful to have gotten to take on this responsibility for the past 3 years. My role includes running the sound board, which controls all microphones and speakers, as well as controlling the volume of the music and playing any sound effects needed. I am extremely lucky to have Allison Spindler beside me during performances, assisting me with cues. I can’t wait to go out with a bang in one last, great musical!