MANASQUAN— The cast and crew of Manasquan High School’s [MHS] production of ‘Mamma Mia!’ are making final preparations for opening night on March 23.
Vocal and choir director Maddi Schille said COVID-19 “really affected student interest in theaters and the arts. So we wanted to pick shows that a lot of students will want to come out and be involved with it, whether they have been involved with it their whole lives or never before.”
Ms. Schille talked about how this will be the third year she will have a full-on production team to help with the production of the musical. She also said this is all to help grow the numbers back to the theater after the hiatus during COVID-19.
Last year the production team put on “Grease,” so this year, said Ms. Schille, she and her team wanted to keep that “rock feel.” She also said how last year was the first year a live orchestra was introduced, which was met with great success. This year, “Mamma Mia!” will feature nine professional musicians in the orchestra, according to Ms. Schille.
“We are very prepared and very excited. We are in a really great place, being [close to opening night], which allows us the opportunity to really fine-tune things,” said Ms. Schille.
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