'Mamma Mia!'

Kick off a summer full of Lees-McRae Summer Theatre performances with a trip to a Greek island paradise for ‘Mamma Mia!’ beginning June 27 in Hayes Auditorium and Broyhill Theatre.

BANNER ELK — Lees-McRae College Summer Theatre will be beginning its season with the immensely popular “Mamma Mia!” The jukebox musical is well known for its popular stage run, as well as its successful film adaptations.

The musical is based on the discography of the immensely popular Swedish pop group ABBA.

“Mamma Mia!,” directed by Gabriel Vanover, will debut at 7 p.m. on June 27, 28, 29 and July 2, with matinee shows at 2 p.m. on June 30 and July 2.

On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they had last visited 20 years ago.

Some of the group’s most popular songs such as “Dancing Queen” and “Take a Chance on Me” are featured in the production.

“Lees-McRae Summer Theatre has considered doing ‘Mamma Mia!’ for several seasons and so we jumped at the opportunity to make it part of the 2019 season,” Vanover said in a statement. “This is a season of hits and ‘Mamma Mia!’ is a great season opener because it showcases what Lees-McRae Summer Theatre does so well — large and exciting productions featuring talented performers, designers, musicians and crew from the area and around the country.”

Vanover said while he was in graduate school he had a professor who was in the original cast of the Broadway production who argued the success of the show was partly it being an escape from the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. It ended its run in 2015.

Tickets are available by clicking to lmc.edu/summertheatre and by mail request, or at the box office beginning June 19.

Individual show tickets range in price, per person, from $38 to $43 for adults, to $18 to $20 for students and/or children. Season tickets, per person, range in price from $114 for premium seating to $99 for general seating.

Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Check online for show day hours. For group sales or questions, call the box office at (828) 898-8709.

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