For more than 22 years in more than 50 countries across five continents, and seen by over 65 million people, audiences have embraced the musical energy of Mamma Mia!  Starting Aug. 4 in the heart of the White Mountains, it’s time for the North Country to experience the love when the feel-good musical opens at Jean’s Playhouse in Lincoln.

                Generations of know the music that drives the now-familiar story:  girl (Sophie) meets boy (Sky) and plan to marry, but are missing one thing.  The Father of the bride.

                Sophie’s single and fiercely independent mom Donna runs a small hotel on a small, idyllic Greek island.  Raised without knowing her dad, Sophie reads Donna’s old diary, comes up with three possible candidates to have been her father and -- unbeknownst to her mother --  invites them to her wedding.

Meanwhile, Donna is expecting some special guests of her own: Tanya and Rosie.  Back in the day, they had a pop career as “Donna and the Dynamos”, an all-girl trio and Donna is looking forward to their arrival to celebrate Sophie’s wedding.

                On the eve of the wedding, the three maybe-dads arrive, too:  Sam Carmichael, Bill Austin, and Harry Bright.  Intrigue follows as the men discover why they were invited – and Donna discovers they are there.  Between the dads, the Dynamos, and Sophie and Sky, it is going to be a night and a wedding to remember for audiences and characters alike.

                Like Sophie’s invitation to the dads and Donna’s to the Dynamos, NCCA brings six actors to lead the 2022 resident performance company for this production.  Jessica Mathews portrays Donna with this NCCA debut. Mathews studied theatre and voice at Wagner College and has performed leading roles in regional theatres, now calling NH home.  Previously based in Florida, she co-owns a national touring company with her husband Michael, for which she writes and performs in original jukebox musicals when not homeschooling their two children.  Dynamos Katie Proulx and Shelly Willis Fawson perform throughout the region and beyond.  Proulx is a NH Theatre Award-winner who was most recently seen in the NCCA The Fantasticks, and whose work as choreographer and performer has been seen not only on the NCCA stage but also from NH to Idaho, the Great Lakes to NYC.  Fawson, a graduated of Hartt School, was recently seen on the Jean’s stage as the Fairy Godmother in NCCA’s Cinderella.  She has performed at Goodspeed Opera House and Dorset Theatre Festival among others, and for 5 years with the Hanover Theatre’s A Christmas Carol as Susannah. 

                Of the men, Royce McIntosh as Sam was once a voice major at Plymouth State. Now with his MA and based in Montana, he’s returned to his home state NH following this summer’s role of Robert in Bridges of Madison County at Fort Peck, MT. In between, McIntosh has performed national tours of South Pacific, the original Elf, the Musical, and two years on the national tour of Mamma Mia! Among other roles and venues. Brandon Lee, a Boston-based actor and singer, brings broad experience to the role of Harry Bright.  With a theatre degree from W. Virginia’s Fairmont State, he’s studied and performed Shakespeare as well as musical theatre in regional theatres from Virginia to the Berkshires and around New England.   As Bill Austin, 2022 NCCA company member Arthur Beutel brings a wealth of experience to this role as he did as Max in Sound of Music and Ernst in Cabaret.  Based in NYC, Beutel is classically trained singer who studied in Colorado and CT, before performing with opera companies and regional theatres around the country in roles like Anthony (Sweeney Todd), Tommy (Brigadoon), and Bert (Mary Poppins) which showcased his dance traning and performance background.

Grace Hanson, a recent graduate of the Hartt School, has performed with Goodspeed Opera House, and was seen as Maria in this summer’s Sound of Music, as well as a Kit Kat girl in Cabaret, and portrays bride-to-be Sophie in this production.  Fiance Sky is performed by Griffin Wilkins, who while continuing studies at Florida State University has found time to perform roles in Newsies, Legally Blonde, and Chicago among others before spending this summer in Lincoln.

                Directed by Rebecca Frazier, whose Evita enthralled NCCA audiences last summer with her direction leads the team and showcases the multi-talented and experienced 2022 company onstage and off. 

                North Country Center for the Arts had originally planned on a 2020 production, but like the many plans of all of us, postponed Mamma Mia! until audiences could return in full, and there are multiple performances, including matinees, for audiences of all ages; sponsored by Woodstock Inn and Brewery.

                Complete schedule, info, and ticket purchase at www.jeansplayhouse.com