THE MAMMA MIA! PLAYBILL - Oct 19, 2019
It's less than two weeks until opening night. The MAMMA MIA! playbill has been finalized and The Shippin’ Shack is busy printing a whole lot of copies. But you don’t have to wait until you’re sitting in your seat at FEC to learn all about the production — its creators, the musical numbers, the story, the local performers, musicians, and production team who’ve been working incredibly hard to bring you a terrific production, along with the sponsors and advertisers who have made the production possible. Click the image to the right and get an advance preview.
DON'T MISS THE DYNAMOS’ REUNION - Oct 19, 2019
It’s been twenty years, but Donna and the Dynamos have been re-united for a wedding. Not one of theirs, of course. Their motto was “Marriage is an institution for people who belong in an institution.” But they’re back together and who knows? They might do a musical number or two. You’ll be sorry if you miss it.
GOT YOUR TICKETS YET? - Oct 9, 2019
The invitations are in the mail and you're invited to the wedding of Sophie and Sky at the Summer Night City Taverna on the Greek island of Kalokairi. Before the wedding takes place though, Sophie's hoping to figure out which of the three men from her mother's past is her father so he can walk her down the aisle. There'll be a whole lot of music, singing, and dancing, so get out that feather boa and those sparkling boots and bring all your friends to the Florence Events Center to watch the wedding unfold!
CHOREOGRAPHY REHEARSALS UNDERWAY - Sept 6, 2019
Choreography rehearsals are underway! Choreography Director Melanie Heard has a clear vision for this show, and the cast has the enthusiasm to turn that vision into reality.
MAMMA MIA! TiCKETS NOW ON-SALE - September 3, 2019
Tckets are now on-sale for all MAMA MIA! performances at the Florence Events Center. Just click here to Buy Tickets or in the menu on the right. Don’t wait too long! Note that we’ve add a Thursday evening performance to the second week of this production as we expect a strong demand for tickets.
MAMMA MIA! REHEARSALS UNDERWAY - August 24, 2019
If you see MAMMA MIA! cast members around town with a distracted look, talking to themselves, humming, or singing softly — don’t be alarmed. They’re memorizing lines, and working on their harmonies, because music rehearsals began a couple of weeks ago. In another week or so, you may see them shuffling in the check-out line as well, practicing footwork, because dance rehearsals begin soon. MAMMA MIA! has more than twenty musical numbers and the cast is already hard at work!
The music crew is underway as well. This show really “raises the bar” musically for LRP. Four keyboards are required, utilizing over 100 “voices”, from distorded guitars to harpsichords, a multitude of synthesizers (it’s ABBA, after all), flutes, marimbas, you name it. And there are guitars, bass, drums and percussion as well. Everyone already knows how ABBA should “sound”, and we plan to deliver.
Costumes are underway, set design is completed and construction will begin soon. In short, it's “Full speed ahead!”
MAMMA MIA! IN THE 2019 RHODY PARADE - May 21st, 2019
Last weekend the MAMMA MIA! cast were introduced to the residents of Florence in the 112th annual Rhododendron Festival Parade. After a morning spent decorating our "float" and warming up with a selection of ABBA songs, they entertained the town, winning The King's Award in the process! Here are a couple of short videos of warm-ups.
CAST ANNOUNCEMENT - May 2nd, 2019
Director David Lauria is proud to announce his casting selections for our November production of MAMMA MIA! Without further ado:
|Donna Sheridan||WENDY KRAUSE|
|Tanya Cresham-Leigh||JENNIFER MARUS|
|Rosie Mulligan||DEANN HAWKINS|
|Sophie Sheridan||BRYNNE SAPP|
|Sam Carmichael||JASON WOOD|
|Bill Austin||JAMES MCKINNEY|
|Harry Bright||MATT KORSO|
|Father Alexandrios||GARY MILLER|
|ENSEMBLE (KALOKAIRI ISLANDERS)|
|ANGELA APODACA||AMY OWENS|
|MARINA ARBOGAST||DANA RODET|
|TAMARA COLE||LEIGHTON ROUX|
|GRANT HARMOND||BENJAMIN SCHAENZER *|
|ALICIA HICKSON||JOANIE SCHMIDT|
|MICHAEL HOWRY *||JACQUELYN SERRANO|
|PATRICIA IMMEL||SIMON SUMMERSLEE|
|DANIAL KEPPOL||NYAH VOLLMAR|
|LAURA GRAHAM MILLER||JAMES WELLINGTON|
|* Have since withdrawn from the production|
We had a large, enthusiastic turnout for auditions last weekend. Between vocal performances, dance routines, and readings of selected scenes from the play, it was an intense three days. We want to thank everyone who auditioned for the effort they put into their preparations and their time commitments. Their work beforehand clearly showed, and made the final selection process more difficult than usual.
We know how disappointing it can be to not find your name on the part you desired, or even in the cast list, but please don’t let it discourage you from future auditions. MAMMA MIA! has unusual casting requirements with its small, tight groupings of adult women, adult men, young women, and young men. Each grouping requires a certain cohesiveness of age and presentation. Honoring those casting requirements has meant that some talented performers, through no fault of their own, have not been offered roles in this production. Don’t let this deter your theatrical aspirations. Once again, thank you for auditioning.
We’ll be posting a lot more information on cast members in the near future, so keep checking-in to follow their progress.
AUDITIONS BEGIN TOMORROW - April 25th, 2019
The journey is about to begin! For all you hopefuls wanting to come with us, you’ve already taken the first step and we want to say thank you for that — for the time, energy, and effort you’ve put into your preparations for the MAMMA MIA! Auditions. Bring your best stuff!
AUDITIONS REMINDER - April 19th, 2019
We’re a week away from Mamma Mia Auditions! We know you’re working on your vocal audition number, but have you got your Audition Information and Release forms filled-out yet? Don't wait until you get there. You can download the forms by clicking above, fill-them out using your keyboard, print them and you’re all set — well, you or a parent will have to hand-sign the Release Form 😃.
If you’ve been to City Lights Cinemas this past week, you’ve probably seen our Audition announcement playing. We want to thank City Lights Cinemas and Michael Falter for supporting our production of Mamma Mia! Our thanks also go to Cross Road Assembly of God Church and Pastor Dale Edwards for making their facility available for auditions.
See you next week!
AUDITIONS ANNOUNCEMENT - March 25th, 2019
Auditions dates, times, and locations are now set. Click on AUDITIONS here or in the menu on the right to get all the information you need.
INITIAL ANNOUNCEMENT - February 23, 2019
Welcome to the home page for Last Resort Player’s 2019 fall production of MAMMA MIA! There will be seven performances of MAMMA MIA! over two successive weekends, beginning Friday Nov. 1st and ending Sunday Nov. 10th. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances will begin at 7:00 pm; Sunday performances will begin at 2:00 pm.
Performances will be in the main theater of the Florence Events Center, with seating for 455 people. It has excellent sight-lines, comfortable seating, is handicapped accessible, and includes special equipment for hearing-impaired patrons.
Information on this website will have an emphasis on the production company itself — e.g., the cast and production team. Presently, the production team is being formed. Auditions will be coming in late April, so if you’re interested, check this website periodically for announcements of audition dates, times, and locations.
To familiarize yourself with the play, the topics on the sidebar menu in the upper right of all pages will be useful. You’ll find a detailed synopsis of the play, a list of principal and featured character roles (with stage ages and vocal ranges). Snippets of musical numbers (with vocal assignments) are also included, along with a history of the play (there won’t be a test). Additional topics will be added as the production develops, e.g., cast and production team biographies, photo gallery, playbill, etc. You can use the email icon in the sidebar menu to get in touch with the production team (want to be notified when audition dates/times/locations are finalized?). A Facebook page for the production company will be up shortly along with a Twitter feed.