I had the extraordinary pleasure to direct Mamma Mia! at Lipscomb University this fall. After almost a year-and-a-half since my last directing job (thanks, covid and cancer), I was nervous that I was too out-of-practice for the huge task. This show is massive with a lot of actors, big dance numbers, and a palpable amount of expectation. However, I found out quickly that the muse returned and I was able to jump into the work, even if I battled more fatigue than usual. The students were extraordinary and the production team delivered. I was so proud!
I chose this show as a response to the dark pandemic times we’ve been traversing. I felt the department and our audiences needed something light and funny. This show also has a lot at heart, and a valuable message about how we can create our future even as we reconcile our past.
It was important to me that audiences left with lighter burdens than when they entered, and I think we were really successful. The show sold out several nights, and audiences gave standing ovations for every show. If you’d like to read our BroadwayWorld review, visit my reviews page. Enjoy these production photos by Sarah Johnson! See more on my portfolio page.
“Without a song or a dance, what are we?” – Thank You for the Music, ABBA