We are so excited about this season of Theatre Under the Stars. We have guest contributors this week attending opening nights to share their experiences. First up, Mamma Mia….
Guest Contributor: Mahima Lamba
Chai drinker, educator, beachcomber
Opening night of Mamma Mia!
A must see for this summer, rain or shine.
Here we go again, another season of one of Vancouver’s most magical summer experiences, Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS). Opening night this year had a forecast of rain throughout the evening. Too excited for the ABBA hits and no rain insurance attached to our tickets, my mom and I came prepared and were “Super Troupers” in the rain. While TUTS does offer a $5 rain insurance to change your tickets to another night, there is truly no need to cancel your plans in the event of a sprinkle.
A generous mist of bug spray and donning rubber boots, yoga pants tucked into socks, warm fleece sweaters and rain jackets we walked into Malkin Bowl with our blankets and thermoses of hot tea. In true Vancouver fashion, we looked more prepared for camping than a night at the theatre. Don’t be fooled, while the audience and environment are decidedly casual, the production and cast were nothing short of professional.
The TUTS staff and volunteers were ready to welcome guests and distributed rain ponchos to eager theatre goers with a “show must go on!” gusto. The effect was beautiful. Audience members looked ethereal draped in white plastic gowns gently flowing in the breeze, reminiscent of angel costumes of Christmas pageants bygone. With everyone as snug as a bug in a rug, the show started amidst the rain. The cast and music were full of sunshine. An enthusiastic and talented all-ages cast transported us to a warm Greek island where a young Sophie (Keira Jang) has invited three men to her wedding, each possibly her father!
Mamma Mia is the quintessential mother daughter show. The relationships amongst the female characters take center stage as Sophie learns about life, love and family. Sophie and Donna (Caitriona Murphy) have a playful rapport with each other as they move around the beautiful set (designed by Francesca Albertazzi). Not long into the first act when Donna takes the stage in her iconic denim overalls for the namesake number “Mamma Mia” nearly everyone is singing along. Infectious dance numbers (Music Director Wendy Bross Stuart) and fun costumes (designer Christina Sinosich) made this a show to remember. Make sure to stay until the very end of the show in order to make good use of the pre-show dance instruction!
Check in tomorrow where we discuss Newsies at Theatre Under the Stars.
Get your tickets at https://tuts.ca/ to catch the shows this summer!