Mamma Mia! by The Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, PA
May 12, 2020
Review submitted by Layla Siahatgar of Baldwin School
Mamma, Mia! Here we go again – with a fun and vibrant production at the Agnes Irwin School!
Mamma Mia! is a jukebox musical from 1999 based on the hit songs of the Swedish pop group ABBA. The story follows bride-to-be Sophie Sheridan and her search for her birth father. After reading her mother’s old diary, she brings three men, all possible fathers, to her wedding to try to determine her true lineage. With the use of irresistible ABBA songs to tell the story, Mamma Mia! makes for a playful and heartwarming feel-good musical.
Agnes Irwin’s spirited production of this musical was a delight to watch. The cast was very committed to their roles and brought an infectious energy to each scene; it was apparent that they had worked tremendously hard to make a successful show.
Fiona Moser led the cast in her skillful portrayal of Sophie Sheridan, with a sparky and animated determination that was perfect for the character. This deft acting, paired with her beautiful voice, made for a wonderful performance. Alongside her was possible dad Sam Carmichael, played by Gabriel Escobar. His thoughtful and sincere performance complimented his fellow actors well.
Other notable performances included Aaron Grossman as Bill Austin and Leila Rodriguez as Rosie. To the delight of the audience, Grossman consistently offered an abundance of energy in his scenes, helping him bring his character to life. Rodriguez also shone as Rosie, with strong vocals that complimented her enthusiastic portrayal of the former Dynamo. The two also proved to have excellent chemistry in their performance of “Take a Chance on Me,” a lighthearted and upbeat song during which they played off of each other well.
The intricate sets certainly elevated this performance, with a beautifully built two-tier taverna that served as the main set piece. The costumes were also thoughtfully chosen, giving a breezy, summery look to the characters. One standout set of costumes was those of Donna and the Dynamos, who had beautiful 70s style jumpsuits for their musical performances.
Overall, the Agnes Irwin School’s production of Mamma Mia! was a delightful experience that surely gave the audience a night to remember!
Review submitted by Maggie Dietrich of Marple Newtown High School
The Agnes Irwin show was one for the books, their production had every member of the audience clinging onto every lyric and line when they performed Mamma Mia!
This famous musical has everything an audience could want wrapped up in a two-and-a-half hour show: the phenomenal cast, an amazing plot and stellar musical numbers written by ABBA! The story follows Sophie, the daughter of Donna, as they prepare for Sophie’s wedding on the small island where they live in Greece. The conflict? Donna doesn’t know which of the three men who have shown up to the island is Sophie’s dad, and soon a tale of romance and woe ensues.
The production was magnificently cast, with the two lead actresses perfectly suited to their roles and having the amazing vocals as well as great singing voices. The cast had a stunning amount of energy throughout the show while they performed simple yet powerful dance numbers like the crowd favorites “Dancing Queen” and “Voulez-Vous”.
Watching this show was like going along on the adventure, and that is all thanks to the talents of Fiona Mosser (Sophie) and Lia Della Porter (Donna) who made a flawless mother daughter duo. One of the potential fathers, Sam Carmichael portrayed by Gabriel Escobar, had a notable performance and was depicted quite well.
The supporting cast was also a very talented group of actors, most notably Rosie (Leila Rodriguez) who along with Bill Austin (Aaron Grossman) had the audience in stitches every time they appeared on stage. Another crowd favorite was the scuba ensemble who appeared during “Lay All Your Love on Me” dressed in, you guessed it, scuba gear similar to how the number was performed in the movie adaption.
The stage crew did an amazing job with the set, and although there were only a few scene changes, the set was very versatile and gave the appearance of a real villa in Greece. The costumes were also done by a team at Agnes Irwin and were very well suited to the essence of who each actor was portraying, whether it was a single mother running a villa or a world traveled reporter.
All in all, the entire cast, crew and director team did an exquisite job putting together this performance and put on a show well beyond the high school level. Congratulations to everyone who participated in Agnes Irwin’s production of Mamma Mia! and a job well done!