Theatre MSU performs musical hit ‘Mamma Mia!’

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STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State’s Theatre MSU presents “Mamma Mia!”—the musical story of a bride-to-be in search of her biological father and told with songs from the 1970s pop supergroup ABBA.

Performances at the McComas Hall main stage Feb. 19-23 begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for students, and may be purchased in advance through www.events.msstate.edu or at the door.

“We are excited to bring this well-known production to MSU and the community of Starkville,” said Tim Matheny, assistant professor in the Department of Communication and “Mamma Mia!” director.

“I love getting to know and work with not only our talented theater students but also theater lovers from other departments,” Matheny said of the 19-member student cast, noting the open auditions draw a variety of majors to campus theatrical productions. “This has been a great group to work with,” he said.

Anna-Katherine “AK” Lewellen, a senior communication major from Collierville, Tennessee and second-year stage manager for Theatre MSU, said “Mamma Mia!” has been one of her favorite shows since childhood.

“My mom and nana practically raised me on ‘Dancing Queen,’” Lewellen said. “‘Mamma Mia!’ is a fun, lighthearted show, and I don’t know how you can’t be happy when watching it,” she said.

Matheny said the university’s show features strong musical talents, as well as excellent dancing and acting.

“I am really excited for our audiences to see the hard work of these students,” he said.

MSU’s Department of Communication is online at www.comm.msstate.edu. Follow Theatre MSU on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @TheatreMSU.

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