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Mamma Mia!

post-production recap for the 2018-2019 production

musical theater company in grand junction

4 performances. 4 sold out shows

"Mamma Mia!" made a seat-filling showing at Robinson Theatre in all four performances.

High Desert Opera welcomed the 16th season with an Abba-lit extravaganza that entertained audiences with an opening night Dec. 29th, 2018, a packed matineé the following afternoon, a traditional performance to wring in the new year on the 31st, and a sold out showing on Saturday, January 5th, 2019 (closing night).

Performing with a show-popping band

For the first time in its tenure, High Desert Opera used a 9-member band of keyboards, guitars, and percussionists to bring the Abba hits of this Greek Island musical to life, as opposed to the traditional 16-piece orchestra implemented for musical backdrop of previous HDO productions.

Mamma Mia! story synopsis

On a small Greek island, Sophie dreams of a perfect wedding — one which includes her father giving her away. The problem? Sophie doesn’t know who he is! Her mother Donna, the former lead singer of the 1970s pop group Donna and the Dynamos, refuses to talk about the past, so Sophie decides to take matters into her own hands. Sneaking a peek in her mother’s old diaries, she discovers three possible fathers: Sam, Bill, and Harry.

She secretly invites all three to the wedding, convinced that she’ll know her father when she sees him. But when all three turn up, it may not be as clear as she thought! Told through the legendary music of ABBA, Mamma Mia! has become a worldwide sensation that has audiences everywhere dancing. ~ Stage Agent

Principal Cast

Ensemble Cast

The Band

HDO band

Production sponsorship

Michael Neste

High Desert Opera is grateful for the production sponsorship of Mamma Mia! by Dr. Michael Neste and Family Health West, as well as Steve and Sybille Doyle AND Chuck and Robbie Breaux.

Each of these celebrated donors have sponsored previous HDO productions, and their generosity is the highlight of HDO's 16th season donor drive.

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