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November 22, 2018

“Mamma Mia!” is a hit in the theater world and spawned two popular films.

And really, that’s for good reason, according to play director Aaron Rocklyn.

“The story is about a young gal on the eve of her wedding; her dearest wish is that her father will be in attendance – even though she has no idea who that is,” Rocklyn explained. “The music consists of the multitude of international hits recorded by the pop band ABBA. So, the show is a fabulous blend of romantic comedy and well-known songs.”

Rocklyn is directing the play for non-profit Once and Future Classics, and he said it’s an exciting project to be involved in.

“There are some touching moments, but the flavor is pure fun – each of the main characters seems bent on finding the joys in life and sharing them with family and friends,” Rocklyn said. “I think that what makes it unique is that the show was written around the music, rather than the other way around. They’ve done a great job of weaving songs like ‘Dancing Queen,’ ‘Waterloo,’ ‘S.O.S.,’ and ‘Super Trouper’ into a very coherent and engrossing story.”

With the release of a film prequel, “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” this past summer, ticket sales have seen a boost.

“I don’t think the musical’s popularity has ever waned, judging by the way the national tours kept coming through year after year,” Rocklyn said. “But I think it surely helped us that the long-awaited sequel came out so recently. We had people buying tickets even before we had auditions, which at over three months out is pretty early for us.”

Once and Future Classics is also the first community theatre in Minnesota to get the rights to the play, according to Rocklyn.

“The cast’s excitement level is high and we’re pulling out all the stops,” Rocklyn said. “If you’ve never seen it, you’ve been missing one of the best musicals to come out in the last 20 years. But if you have seen it on tour, here’s a chance to experience it up close and personal instead (of) from the back of an arena.

“We’ve got a great cast with many fabulous voices, and I think it’s going to be our best work to date here at Once and Future Classics.”

This content was paid for and sponsored by Once and Future Classics.

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