Iconic ABBA Extravaganza Bows March 17-19 as Musical Theater Returns to NHS

It’s time to dust off those bell bottoms, puffy shirts, and platform shoes! Musical theater makes its long-awaited return to Northampton High School (NHS) with the staging of Mamma Mia!, the jukebox musical romantic comedy based on the songs of the Swedish pop group ABBA. The student cast, crew, and musicians will stage four performances March 17-19 in the NHS auditorium.

Written by British playwright Catherine Johnson, Mamma Mia! features several iconic songs including “Money, Money, Money,” “Super Trouper,” “Dancing Queen,” and “Take a Chance on Me,” all composed by Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA. The NHS production is directed by noted actress Myka Plunkett, with musical direction by Beau Flahive and choreography by Eddie Zitka, who is founder, president, and artistic director of the K and E Theater Group.

“Don’t miss this show! What’s better than a musical to bring us out of what’s felt like two and a half years of winter?” said Director Myka Plunkett, who is known for the 2019 film, Time to Go, and the 2011 documentary, The Grandfathers. “These young people will get you singing, make you laugh, and send you home with a new groove in your step.”

“More than anything, this production of Mamma Mia! is a celebration, the rebuilding of a community of students and parents who are committed to our city, our school, and each other,” said Musical Director Beau Flahive, a member of the NHS faculty. “After the pandemic forced the cancellation of our previous musical, The Sound of Music, a week before opening night, we felt we had lost everything. This group of students is a dedicated bunch, working hard to create an experience for the community that will be filled with joy and celebration. This is my 17th musical at NHS and I’m proud to say every single show I’ve worked on has had a student pit. We’re back!”

Performances of Mamma Mia! will be staged at the following dates and times:
• Thursday, March 17, 7:00pm
• Friday, March 18, 7:00pm
• Saturday, March 19, 2:00pm and 7:00pm

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and children, and $5 for NHS students and staff.
Tickets are available via EventBrite. Seating is by general admission. NHS musicals typically sell out, so buy your tickets now! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mamma-mia-the-musical-tickets-269978562147?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

For more information about the NHS production of Mamma Mia!, contact Karen Adelman at kadelman@yahoo.com.

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