The 9th season of 3D Theatricals season comes to an end with their production of Mamma Mia! This is the perfect way to end the summer, fun with friends and family all while enjoying this top notch production of Mamma Mia! Under the leadership of T.J. Dawson, this jukebox musical features a diverse cast of characters and brand new sets.
Ticket sales for theaters who perform the musical Mamma Mia! have consistently been strong. In June the show was a smash hit for Moonlight Stage Productions becoming the top performing show in the history of the theater group. That ABBA magic seems to be rubbing off on 3D Theatricals as they’re on the road to it being one of, if not the top, performing production in their history.
It unfolds on a Greek Island paradise on the eve of a young woman’s wedding. She’s on a quest to discover the true identity of her father. It could be one of three different men from her mother’s past. Non-stop laughs and dancing unfold as we take on the explosive trip to find her father. The magic of ABBA’s hits such as “Super Trouper,” “Dancing Queen,” “SOS,” and many more combine to make this enchanting show a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!
It was a rockin’ good time as the first musical notes rang out, all the way until the glittery finalé. Director David F.M. Vaughn worked his magic, taking a talented group of actors and placing them in roles that breathe new life into a story that many already know. The production direction under Vaughn combined with the choreography of Dana Solimando is a roaring success. It’s the kind of production that lights up the audiences faces, bringing smiles and allowing them to forget all their troubles.
Having seen the both the stage and movie versions of Mamma Mia! a number of times, I can easily say there was one run away hit. Everytime Candi Milo (Rosie) graced the stage she took control and lit up the comedic role. Milo embodied everything that you think Rosie could and should be, making for a rip-roaring fun experience. Whether delivering lines in the funniest fashion, facial reactions to the crazy events happening, or her chance to shine in “Take a Chance on Me,’ she will have you laughing and loving every moment.
But let’s not overlook the amazing talent team of Sophina Brown (Donna) and Flynn Hayward (Sophie). The two deliver an amazing mother daughter relationship. The relationship between the two showed nuances of a mother and daughter who’ve had to rely on each other through the good and tough times. Hayward, in her first professional theatrical production, walks away a true “Dancing Queen,” delivering a performance that will stand as an establishing point in her career. Brown delivers a sound that is beautiful and lively but really brings it home during “The Winner Takes It All.” That performance will have you standing on your feet, wanting her to just keep singing.
The rest of talented cast and ensemble including Clayton Jones (Sky) bring a palpable excitement to this production. Some of that excitement comes from the choreography from Dana Solimando. A show like Mamma Mia! really depends on the dancing. In this case we are treated to a thrilling production from one of the first big numbers “Money, Money, Money,” to “Gimmie, Gimmie, Gimmie.”
One particular song and dance sequence that really stands out is “Under Attack.” This number in the show is normally not one of my favorites but in this case they really take it to the next level with the creativity. The direction and choreography during this number really adds to the production rather than take away, which normally is not the case for me when it comes to this song.
The lighting from Jean-Yves Tessier is magical, especially combined with all the mirror balls near the end of the production. The costumes from Alexandra Johnson, set design from Stephen Gifford, really take you to the Mediterranean mixing it with the stylings and flashiness of ABBA.
Walking away from this production I was inspired by just how much the audience enjoyed the show. The end of Mamma Mia! had the audience literally on their feet dancing and singing. The joy in the eyes of audience members is exactly what you want to see. 3D Theatricals Production of Mamma Mia! is a success that you most definitely need to check out.
3D Theatricals Cast of Mamma Mia!
Broadway and television actor Sophina Brown stars as Donna. Her first job was on the national tour of Fame: The Musical. She later made her Broadway debut in the Disney musical The Lion King. She has since appeared in numerous television shows including the CBS series Shark as well as Numb3rs.
Donna’s daughter Sophie is played by actress Flynn Hayward. A graduate of the Ray Bolger Musical Theater Program at UCLA, she’s making her professional theater debut in 3D Theatricals production of Mamma Mia!
Janna Cardia has performed Internationally on the tour of Cinderella with Lea Salonga as well as numerous productions around the country and graces the stage in this production playing the role of Tanya. You may not realize just who this next actress is until you check out her accomplishments.
Candi Milo who plays Rosie is a cartoon voice pro having done voices for some of the most popular animated productions. You may have heard her as the voice of Dexter from Dexter’s Laboratory to Milo’s first voice role as Sweetie Pie in Tiny Toon Adventures to Granny in the New Looney Tunes.
Martin Kildare is back to the Mamma Mia! stage after spending two years with the national tour of Mamma Mia! This time he is taking on the role of Sam in the 3D Theatricals version of the show. He has appeared in numerous productions across the country including on Broadway in shows including The Lion King.
The role of Harry goes to Corky Loupe who just recently finished work on the amazing 3D Theatricals Production of Parade. He has also appeared in the production of The Addams Family at Moonlight Stage Productions, among many other credits.
Rounding out the three possible fathers is Michael Cavinder in the role of Bill. He has performed all over North America and can be seen as the King in Disney’s Frozen Live at the Hyperion at Disney California Adventure.
Another actor with numerous voice credits to his name is Clayton Jones. Jones is playing the part of Sky, the fiancé to Sophie. A graduate of Texas A&M, he has appeared in a number of productions including time on the Norwegian Cruise Ship. His voice can also be heard on Grand Theft Auto V. film, Here I Am, and The Get Together.
The show also features Tatiana Monique Alvarez as Ali, Renna Nightingale as Lisa, Noah Rivera as Pepper and Ernie Figueroa as Eddie.
Ensemble members include: Brielle Batino, Chris Bona, Markesha Chatfield, Callum Gugger, Natalie Iscovich (Dance Captain), Robert Laos, Timothy H. Lee, A.J. Mendoza, Nick Morganella, Jessica Ordaz, Christina Papandrea, Kelly Powers Figueroa, Dayna Sauble and Rodrigo Varandas (who will also portray Father Alexandrios).
The Creative Team at 3D Theatricals
Director David F.M. Vaughn, Music Director/Conductor Allen Everman , Choreographer Dana Solimando, Assistant Director Jack Boyle, Musical Contractor Los Angeles Musicians Collective, Production Stage Manager Nicole Wessel, Assistant Stage Manager Terry Hanrahan, Set Design Stephen Gifford, Lighting Design Jean-Yves Tessier, Sound Designer Julie Ferrin, Costume Designer Alexandra Johnson and Properties Co-Designers Gretchen Morales and Melanie Cavaness.
Producer / Artistic Director T.J. Dawson, Co-Founder/ Marketing and Sales Gretchen Dawson, Marketing and Sales), Co-Founder Daniel Dawson,Co-Founder Jeanette Dawson, Production Manager Terry Hanrahan, Company Manager David Jordan Nestor, Casting Director Amber Snead, Rentals and Warehouse Manager Eric Schilling, Box Office Manager Jennifer Nelson, Box Office Associate Grace Teddy and Publicity and Public Relations Michael Sterling.
Mamma Mia!: Book by Catherine Johnson, Music and Lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus
Mamma Mia! Ticket Information
Tickets vary in price depending on the venue. Online Ticketing: www.3dtheatricals.org
- SCHEDULE: Mamma Mia show times at Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
- Friday August 10 at 8:00pm
- Saturday August 11 at 2:00pm
- Saturday August 11 at 8:00pm
- Sunday August 12 at 2pm
- LOCATION: 1935 E. Manhattan Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90278
- PARKING: Complimentary parking located directly in front of the theatre.
- SCHEDULE: Mamma Mia show times at Cerritos Performing Arts Center
- Friday August 17 at 8:00pm
- Saturday August 18 at 2:00pm
- Saturday August 18 at 8:00pm
- Sunday August 19 at 2:00pm
- Thursday August 23 at 7:30pm
- Friday August 24 at 8:00pm
- Saturday August 25 at 2:00pm
- Saturday August 25 at 8:00pm
- Sunday August 26 at 2:00pm
- LOCATION: 18000 Park Plaza Drive, Cerritos, CA 90703
- PARKING: Complimentary parking located directly in front of the theatre.
3-D Theatricals Remote Box Office: 714 589-2770, Ext. 1. Hours: Monday – Friday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. 12:00 – 4:00 pm Saturday. The 3DT Box Office at the theatre opens two hours prior to performances.