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Great music, great choreography and great fun- Mamma Mia is a musical like no other and it has come to Singapore.
It follows a young girl, Sophie, on the weekend of her wedding, as she tries to discover the identity of her father. Having read her mother's diary, she decides there are three possibilities- Sam, Bill and Harry. When they all show up for the wedding (unbeknownst to Donna, Sophie’s mother) chaos and hilarity ensues. The story of family, friendship and love is one that will leave you inspired and excited. It is impossible to leave a Mamma Mia theatre without a smile on your face.
I’ve been doing it for three years now, and I absolutely love it.
The cast were full of energy and excitement last week as they premiered the show to a buzzing crowd at Marina Bay Sands and we had the chance to talk to some of them- Niamh Perry (Sophie), Sara Poyzer (Donna), Richard Standing (Sam), Sue Devaney (Rosie) and Geraldine Fitzgerald (Tanya).
You’ve all been in the musical for quite a while, how do you keep it fresh? Do you ever get bored?
Sara Poyzer (Donna) : I try and do it like it’s the first time every night.
Richard Standing (Sam) : I was scared that I would tire of it, but I don’t. It’s not cheap, so you feel a certain responsibility to the audience- I want to give them a good show. There’s a great story about a violinist, he was 90 years old and he said, “I still practice every day” when people asked him why he said, “well I think I might be getting somewhere” and that’s all it is really, mental attitude.
Niamh Perry (Sophie) : I just don’t think you can ever get bored of it. If someone’s had a really good day, for example, they bring that energy on stage. If someone's had a bad day, you all work to bring them back up. We're all a big family.
Are you enjoying Singapore so far?
Niamh: I’m so excited, once the show's up and running and we’re rearing to go we can explore a little bit more, but so far I love it.
Richard: The people are great- the taxi drivers are hilarious! This one guy told jokes non-stop for about a 25-minute journey.
Niamh: One taxi driver told me I was going to get fat here! From all the rice!
What’s your dream role?
Sue Devaney (Rosie): I'd love to play Puck in a Midsummer Nights Dream, but I think I'm probably a bit old now.
Geraldine Fitzgerald (Tanya): I’d like to do Queen Elizabeth in Richard the third.
What advice would you give to people who want to pursue acting as a career?
Sue: Just believe. Just believe and never doubt yourself! If it’s something that you've always wanted to do, you'll always find a way. If I’m not working, I'll get myself a little singing group together, and perform in wine bars.
Geraldine: Find good teachers… and have another job up your sleeve- it will stand you in good stead!
Sara: Always be yourself, always be nice to people and work hard. I wrote to a company for five years before I got a job because I wanted to work with him that badly and ever since then I’ve worked with him for years. I think that talent is really important but your attitude is more important. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. It’s a tough industry but it’s the best!
Audiences of all ages are guaranteed to enjoy Mamma Mia. The stellar cast bring the story to life with their limitless energy and passion, and it is impossible not to leave the theatre with a smile on your face and the music of ABBA running through your mind.
Get your tickets now, at: http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/mamma1214
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