Mamma Mia at Nipomo High School

Nipomo High School’s production of Mamma Mia looks like it’s shaping up to be a fantastic show. The production will run December 6-9 and 13-16 with shows at 7:00!

Mamma Mia is a feel-good jukebox musical full of love, friendship, and hits like “Dancing Queen”, “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme” and of course “Mamma Mia”. This musical is such a blast that it’ll make even the most reluctant theatregoers tap their toes -- and make it hard for fans to resist the temptation to get up, sing, and dance. Luckily, they’re offering a sing-along night on December 13th! There will also be a dinner theatre experience where audience members will become guests at Sophie and Sky’s wedding reception on December 16th.

Claire Gretlein (Donna) and Maycee Macinnes (Sophie) graciously agreed to an interview through FaceTime during a tech rehearsal while they weren’t onstage! Gretlein has really enjoyed playing Donna because of her fierce independence and the refreshing fact that finding a man isn’t Donna’s priority. She loves the girl power aspects of the show, like the connection between her and her onstage daughter Sophie and her connection to her best friends. Maycee likes the journey that Sophie takes to discover who she is and what she wants out of life.

Nipomo High School’s theatre program always does an incredible job. I’ve been coming to see their productions since freshman year and I’ve been completely blown away by their nearly broadway-caliber productions every time. Having seen Claire Gretlein, Annie James (Rosie), and Cameron Porter (Sky) perform before, I can tell you right now that you’re in for a real treat. These three actors have absolutely gorgeous voices in addition to great stage presences and I’m absolutely thrilled to get to see them in leading roles.

It looks like in addition to a sing-along night and an entire wedding reception, this production will be going all out. Gretlein reports that the “Super Trouper” disco jumpsuits are all being handmade by costumer Catherine Prado. Prado has also found flippers for the entire group of ensemble boys in “Lay All Your Love on Me”, which I’m very excited about. Nipomo Drama’s Instagram account has been posting pictures of their set this week and it looks amazing. It’s a classic Greek hotel complete with white buildings, cerulean accents, a balcony, and a staircase. Cobblestone covers the front of the stage and fuschia flowers drape elegantly across the entire set.

This show is a must see, and I know that I’ll be in the audience singing along on the 13th. Tickets can be purchased at!