From March 5-9, Lincoln County High School Theatre de Masque put on its annual play, exploring the definition of family, consequence and the power of love in the musical “Mamma Mia!”
Written by British playwright Catherine Johnson, the play is a celebration of ABBA’s music. In it, Sophie Sheridan and her mother, Donna, seek to discover Sophie’s biological father’s identity while wrestling with memories of the past, both good and bad. Meanwhile, Sophie’s three possible fathers come to terms with their newly discovered relationship to Sophie in a story that mixes an episode of Jerry Springer with a Greek island, a lot of love and a heaping helping of music.
The audience was entertained and moved by LCHS students’ portrayal of these complex characters. Amy Gloeckner stood out as Donna, the mother of the bride and the previously wild and spontaneous love interest of the three male leads. From her singing to her acting, Gloeckner was able to sell the character in a unique and colorful way.
Another standout member of the cast was Mackenzie Marshal, who played Sophie, the young bride who just wants her father to walk her down the aisle. Between her mastery of complicated musical numbers and her heartfelt portrayal of the character, Marshal’s talent shone through.
By the end of the night, the audience had been entertained by incredible songs such as “Dancing Queen,” “Thank You for the Music” and, of course, the titular “Mamma Mia,” all leading up to an energetic and fun closing act that had the entire theater jumping.