LIBERTY — “Mamma Mia!,” an iconic musical comprised of ABBA songs full of culture, friendship and romance, will be performed in the Little Theater at Liberty High School for two weekends. Opening at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, and continuing at the same time on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9 and 10, this show will have an additional matinee showing at 2 p.m. Saturday. The schedule will repeat the following week.
In an effort to discover her birth father before her wedding, Sophie Sheridan, played by Grace Keenan, ambushes her mother, Donna, played by McKenzie Greenwood, with the three possible suspects on the eve of her wedding.
With the play set on a little isle in Greece, crew member Chrystian Noble, 17, said pulling the set together required everyone’s help.
“It takes a lot of people to build sets, and we have a huge cast,” Noble said. “There was a moment where we were like, ‘Oh no, we’re not gonna get it done.’ But in the end, it all pulls through and we were able to.”
Extending all the way to the door, the set designed to mimic the Greek Islands absorbs the audience as soon as they enter the room.
Being a musical makes a big difference in production, too, Keenan, 18, said. Playing the role of Sophie required Keenan to learn a significant amount of music.
“It is way more songs than a typical musical would have,” Keenan said, adding that there is a considerable amount of dancing also. “It sounds so dumb, but teamwork is so important because this show wouldn’t be what it is if we didn’t have all the cast and all of the crew and all of the parents and the directors, everyone working together, because the show is so big that you can’t do it all if people aren’t willing to work on the same page.”
Noble said there is added pressure on musical productions because more awards are available to those types of shows. “Like the Blue Star Award,” she explained, noting awards given out by the Kansas City Starlight Theater every year. Liberty and Liberty North high schools won Blue Star Awards for their musical productions in 2017 among other times, and Noble would like to bring more home.
To do this, stage director Jake Kane, 18, echoed the group had to work together completely.
“We all recognize that we have individual talent,” the senior said. “It was putting it all together in a way that really worked. I know that was a struggle for a lot of people.”
Being a director, Kane learned he has to be there for everyone involved in the show and support each individual the best way he can.
Kane said the team did “fabulously” and that ABBA fans from all around should come join the fun. The first Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening shows are already sold out; remaining show tickets can be purchased online at lps53.org/finearts. Tickets are $5 for students, employees and seniors. Adult tickets are $10.