Mamma Mia!, The smash hit musical featuring songs from ABBA, opened at the Barn Theater to rave reviews last weekend. The musical plays for two more weekends, June 14, 15, 21, 22 at 7 p.m. and June 16 at 2 p.m. It is rated PG 13. 

The show features local talent at its finest. Kim and Gene Day play lead characters, Donna Sheridan and Sam Carmichael. Kristin Redford and Gage Phipps play the soon to be wedded couple, Sophie and Sky. Maureen LeDesma and Connor Nielson play colorful Tanya and Harry. Jason Porter and Barbara Black are Bill and Rosie, a couple who secretly lust after each other. Ethan Willet, Todd Mathenia, and Hunter Bock are the comical staff at Donna’s taverna, and Maddy Black and Kristina Hall are Sophie’s best friends and bridesmaids. 

The cast is rounded out by an ensemble of ten incredible singers and dancers. In addition, the Barn Theater Junior Company is featured in a variety of scenes. Rachel Pelon plays the flower girl at the wedding. Rhonda Cemo, local artist, painted a fabulous set for the show.

The story takes place on a Greek Island at Donna’s Taverna. Donna’s daughter, Sophie is about to marry the love of her life, Sky, and invites three potential fathers to the wedding. Unsure of who her father really is, she sets out to identify the sperm donor. 

In the end, Sophie realizes that she doesn’t need to know who her father is and stops the wedding. Donna’s long lost love, Sam Carmichael, one of Sophie’s potential fathers, proposes on the spot and the couple marry, 21 years after they originally fell in love. 

Favorite songs from the show include 'Dancing Queen,' 'Mamma Mia,' and 'Waterloo.' Audience members are encouraged to join in singing and dancing in the aisles during the finale. 

This show is partially sponsored by WalMart. The Barn Theater Board, cast and crew are eternally grateful for their support of this project. Music Theater International granted the right to produce this broadway show. 

Reservations can be made on the Barn Theater website at portervillebarntheater.com or by calling the reservation line

at 559-310-7046. 

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