12 Mar Choreographer’s Notes: “Mamma Mia”
When 2020 began, I was so thrilled to be a part of 5 Star’s production of “Mamma Mia!” and was enjoying working with this cast and crew, that it’s still a little difficult to process the hard turn the year took.
“The personal and professional disappointment of having to close a show, on its feet and nearly complete just one week before opening, is a very particular one for both performing artists and their audiences and patrons”
– Stephanie Landwehr
Now that our world and our culture are showing signs of renewal, the idea that our company of creatives can arrive, having come full circle, at the opening night always meant for us, is a deeply satisfying and hopeful one.
Every day of rehearsal in our “Mamma Mia!” production process was filled with laughs and smiles, and of course some high kicks and jazz hands. Every member of our cast worked at their best, making every step that I choreographed into gold. With Richard Israel’s direction at the helm and Anthony Lucca’s musical direction, our audiences are in for a post-covid treat! Our last run through had me laughing, crying, dancing and singing along. I can’t wait to see all our hard work in its full glory, on a stage with lights and costumes. Hopefully the feelings and emotions of Abba’s music will be the symbol of our world returning back to life!