Directed by Robyn Metchik, Nipomo High School’s Drama department has fully embraced the spirit of Mamma Mia and as a team, created a truly spectacular show. You still have two chances to see this production, tonight and tomorrow at 7:00 (which is a ticketed dinner show). When I went on Thursday, it was totally packed, so try to get there a little early.
I attended the sing-along night on Thursday and was blown away by every aspect of it. The set was even more beautiful than it looked in the posts on Instagram. The lighting, created by New Tech student, Lolly Tolan was magnificent. The costumes had elements both handmade and selected by Catherine Prado. From Donna’s iconic overalls to Pepper’s bright green shorts to the shiny seventies jumpsuits that the Dynamos wore, everything fit so well together and looked fantastic.
The actors were incredible. Maycee Macinnes’s Sophie was sweet with a beautiful and light voice, but was still able to play moments of intensity quite well. Cameron Porter as Sky was perfect in his role, and had great chemistry with Sophie. Claire Gretlein as Donna carried so much emotional depth and her voice was absolutely stunning. My friends sitting next to me can testify that my jaw dropped several times during her solos. Jaydyn Oates as Tanya and Annie James as Rosie were both amazing. In addition to having amazing voices and stage presence, they both embodied these characters perfectly, drawing inspiration from the original, while bringing so much to the table. The same can absolutely be said for Sophie’s three possible dads: Sam (Nick Blanton), Bill (Kurtis Newton) and Harry (Dylan Collins). The three of them were such talented actors with impeccable comedic timing as well.
The ensemble of this show was power packed. Led by the hilarious duo of Isaac Porter and Thomas Apel, the students all had great reactions, tight harmonies, interactions with each other, and all performed the choreography exceptionally. This show was such a fun time and I highly recommend going to see it while you still have the chance! Trust me, you definitely won’t want to miss this.