Pull on your spandex and put on your dancing shoes: Mamma Mia! has infiltrated Charleston.
The Broadway staple, Mamma Mia!, tells the zany story of a girl living on a Greek Island about to get married. The only issue is that she has no idea who her father is and after reading her mother’s diary, invites three possible options to her upcoming nuptials. The show has the reputation of being pure fun and as I walked up to the Dock Street Theatre, I couldn’t help but feel a grin take over my face.
For those uninitiated, the corner of Queen and Church street in Charleston is home to the historically beautiful Dock Street Theatre. Charleston Stage, a local, non-profit theater troupe doling out well-oiled, feel good theater proudly calls Dock Street their home. The Charleston company came boogieing onto the stage last night to kick off their 2018-2019 season with the crowd-pleasing classic: Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia! is one of those shows that everyone has a special experience with. I saw Mamma Mia! during my first trip to New York City in 2007. As a dramatically inclined eight-year-old, the show was everything to me. The album was a staple on my iPod and I talked about it to anyone who would listen. I’ve never forgotten the giddy feeling when the overture came on that day in 2007– the same feeling I got at Dock Street Theatre’s show.
No matter what show I see from Charleston Stage, it is always full of talent, always entertaining and always interactive. It is inspiring and so heartening to see people in Charleston with pure talent and excitement for their art and for the city. Charleston Stage is one of those things that makes the city, and my time here, better. As I stood there grooving along to the post-curtain call ABBA megamix, it couldn’t help but feel a little bit magical.
To quote my seat neighbor, “the second act of Mamma Mia! is where it gets emotionally raw. The first act is just, YASSSS ABBA”! Mamma Mia! is a barrel full of good laughs, good music and maybe even a good cry. The show closes September 23, so shimmy on down before it’s gone!