‘MAMMA MIA!’ comes to Prosser

— The music of Abba will fill the Princess Theatre when in September kicking of the Valley Theatre Co.’s "Season of Love."

“We are thrilled to be among the very first amateur theatre troupes in the United States to have secured the rights to perform “MAMMA MIA!”, Compa-ny Artistic Director Candace Andrews said.

The company will open its 2018-19 season with the hit musical based on ABBA's songs, she said.

The play, a long-running Broadway hit, tells the story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise.

On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

Performances will be at Princess Theatre on Sept. 14, 15, 16 (matinee), 21 and 22.

Andrews said auditions will be June 17 and 18.

Details will be available soon with Amy Milne directing, assisted by Madison Fortney. Producers are Jim Milne and Gary Rohde.

Andrews said she was able to secure the rights for “MAMMA MIA!” from Mu-sic Theatre International on the day they were released.

“I had been watching for the release for nearly a year. I am super excited that VTC will be among the first community theatre troupes in the country, and the first in Washington State, to present this fabulous play,” she said.

Andrews has titled VTC’s upcoming slate of plays “A Season of Love.” She said, “Each of VTC’s four plays encompasses one or more aspects of love. This season has a show that will touch the hearts of all ages.”

For its second show, VTC will present “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” directed by Mari Page.

“You won't believe the mayhem - and the fun - when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!” said Andrews.

Brian Patterson is the assistant director and Linda Watson is the producer. Performances will be Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2 (matinee), 7 and 8, 2018.

In February, VTC will pre-sent “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” with Rick James directing. Performances will be Feb. 15, 16, 17 (matinee), 22 and 23, 2019.

This musical comedy re-vue explores the journey from dating and waiting to love and marriage, the ago-nies and triumphs of in-laws and newborns, trips in the family car and pick-up techniques of the geriatric set.

VTC will close its season with “Weekend Comedy.” Middle-aged Peggy has dragged her reluctant hus-band, Frank, off for a long weekend in a remote cabin — with no phone, no news-papers, no television and no kids. Peggy has romance on her mind, while stick-in-the-mud Frank is dully wondering what they’re going to do all weekend. Peggy finally gets Frank in the mood, only to be interrupted by the arri-val of Jill and Tony, a pair of 20-somethings who have rented the same cabin. The renting agent’s mistake creates a comedic clash between generations.

Mark Humann will direct this comedy; Mari Page is the producer. Performances will be April 26, 27 28 (matinee), May 3 and 4, 2019.

Season tickets for VTC’s 2018-19 season will be available later this month.


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