Dear Dads


Kaylea Bowers (Sophie) is pictured writing to her three potential fathers during dress rehearsal of Heidelberg University’s School of Music & Theatre production of “Mamma Mia!”

The production is to take place today through Sunday in Gundlach Theatre.

Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $15 and can be reserved at gundlachtheatre.org.

“Mamma Mia!” tells the story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father. The tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise on the eve of the wedding of Sophie (Bowers) to Sky (Chad Walkins). The 20-year-old woman about to be married discovers that any one of three men could be her father. She invites all three – Sam Carmichael (Sam Stohlman), Bill Austin (Austin Buckhalter) and Harry Bright (Gavin Hubbard) – to the wedding without telling her mother, Donna (professional guest artist Aubry Ludlington-Panek), with the hope that her actual father will walk her down the aisle.

The cast also includes Tanya (Madison Swyers) and Rosie (Lo Jackson), former backup singers for Donna’s band, Donna and the Dynamos; bridesmaids Lisa (Kyrsten Lilly) and Ali (Caira Goldstein); Sky’s friends Pepper (Sam Buckey) and Eddie (Gavin Buurma); and wedding officiant Father Alexandrios (Will Sweeney).

Male chorus members include Eli Rousculp, Joe Boehler, Shane Souders, Adam Robinson, David Tchoukeu Tchad, James Ogle, Robert Futrell and Parker Topp. Female chorus members are Devyn Carder, Chenhui Zhang, Charlotte Sypula, Kenzie James, Hollie Dunn, Ashley Dawson, Riley Gibson, Erikka Breindenbach, Emma Baughman, Lizzie Bowman, Paige Hood, Rebecca Helt, Martina Dimiduk, Jasmine Ridler, Taylor Richardson, Haley Martin, April Hall, Ace Gutchall, McKenna Byrne, Jordan Kline, Abbie Reichart, Michelle Chen, Monica Brinkley, Lauren Simonski, Sarah Zapola and McCartney Betz.

Audiences will enjoy classic ABBA tunes such as “Dancing Queen,” “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” “The Winner Takes It All” and “Take a Chance on Me.”

The director is Stephen Svoboda, assistant professor and director of theater at Heidelberg. The music director is David Cotter, adjunct theater instructor, and the choreographer is Karina Browne, adjunct instructor of dance and movement.


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