If you didn’t get a chance to see Mamma Mia this weekend at Union City High School, you certainly missed out.
                        Four sold out performances staged by the Visual and Performing Arts Department brought down the house on Thursday,, Friaday and Saturday.  The popular musical, based on Catherine Johnson’s book, featuring the well known music of the ’70s and ’80s group Abba, is based on a Greek island, as a young woman, Sophie, is about to get married.  However, she doesn’t know who her father is.  After finding her mother’s diary, she realizes one of three men could be her dad, so she invites them to her wedding, without telling her mom.
One of the twists of this performance was theater teacher and director Anthony Gusevich’s idea.  Have the audience seated on stage, up close to the actors, with some of the audience members seated at two, large park benches and tables, where, throughout the performance, they are served food prepared by the high school’s culinary students.   That’s something you don’t normally see.
It all came together and worked perfectly.  The acting was terrific.  The musical performances were outstanding.  And let’s be honest, who doesn’t like a good Abba song, right?
Congratulations to Union City High School, its student performers and teaching staff from the theater department.  I can almost still hear the music…..