As weeks fly by, senior Charlotte Hussey, goes on with her day until a Google Classroom notification pops up on her phone. “Mamma Mia, here we go again…”
After performing in four McMahon productions so far, Hussey was excited to find out that her senior show was going to be Mamma Mia! “Mamma Mia is one of my favorite shows and it has a lot of fun songs. It’s very high energy,” said Hussey.
With “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” being released this past summer, many students both in and out of the music department are excited for the production.
Freshmen, Charlotte Walsh and Kevin Guzman, are both ecstatic to be in their first McMahon production, especially since it’s Mamma Mia!
“My sister did the musicals when she went to McMahon a few years ago. I’ve always loved singing and my family is very musical. They are also a great way to make friends as a freshman,” said Walsh.
Guzman goes on, “I’ve heard so many good things about the musicals. People have told me that it’s an amazing experience and that the directors are really nice.”
However, not all returners believe Mamma Mia! was the best possible choice for a show.
“It misses a lot of opportunities. There is a much smaller pit, less guy roles, and less ensemble numbers. Guys and Dolls would’ve been a better choice,” said junior, Graham Murtha.
Although some are upset with the decision, director Frank Arcari, has many reasons behind his choice.
“Mamma Mia! is a show that has a lot of roles for females, which we have. I also have a lot of new staff, so I wanted to do a show that didn’t require a heavy load from them,” said Arcari.
Besides the drastic change in staff for this year, Mr. Arcari still believes that the cast will be able to pull off this show.
“With the talent we have at McMahon, there is no question that we will be able to pull this off. The Drama Department is the most accurate representation of our school community, whether it be ethnicity, gender identity, or socioeconomic background, we have it all.”
For freshmen and even seniors, it’s never too late to start to audition for the musicals.
Hussey advises, “Don’t be nervous and hesitate to try out because other people think it’s weird. It’s one of the best things I’ve done at McMahon.”
Auditions will be held on November 12, 13, and 14. If you are interested in being involved with any aspect of the musical, join the Google Classroom with the code: sphyzb. If you have any questions about auditions, you can contact Mr. Arcari in room 1080 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.