The VHS cast of “Mamma Mia” (Stephen Floyd Photo).

The VHS cast of “Mamma Mia” (Stephen Floyd Photo).

VHS students do Abba – Mamma Mia!

The show’s aim is to foster an appreciation for the joy and value that songs bring to everyday life.

  • Wednesday, May 8, 2019 1:04pm
  • Arts

A cast and crew of more than 25 Vashon High School students will stage the musical “Mamma Mia” on May 10, 11, and 12 and May 17, 18 and 19, at the high school theater. On Fridays and Saturdays, the show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees take place at 3 p.m.

This popular feel-good musical, a hit on the silver screen as well as Broadway and London stages, tells the story of Donna, an independent hotelier in the Greek islands, who is preparing for her daughter’s wedding with the help of two old friends. Meanwhile Sophie, the spirited bride, secretly invites three men from her mother’s past in hopes of meeting her real father and having him escort her down the aisle on her big day.

An example of the ‘jukebox musical,’ “Mamma Mia” features a score full of hit songs by Abba, including “Dancing Queen,” “Honey Honey,” “SOS” and many more that lighten the heart and put a song on the lips. Music from this show is known to move audiences to “participation.”

Director and VHS theater instructor Stephen Floyd says that the idea he has stressed with students comes from one of the songs in the show — “Thank You for the Music.”

“What would life be?” he said. “Without a song or a dance, what are we?”

The show’s aim, he says, is to foster an appreciation for the joy and value that songs bring to our lives.

Tickets, priced at $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, are available at the Vashon Bookshop, the VHS office and at the door. Students will host a Family Feast with cooking by Lisa Cyra from 5 to 7 p.m. at VHS before the performance on May 17. Tickets for that are $10 each, with proceeds to benefit the Vashon Schools Foundation.

More in Arts

A new film tells the ‘enormous’ story of The Gorge

A Vashon screening is bookended by the film’s Seattle premiere at SIFF.

Rainbow Girls come to Vashon for an intimate show

The Californian folk trio meld love, self-reflection and social justice into their music.

A Flamenco artist returns to Vashon with new show

Presentation will feature singer/percussionist Jose Moreno and guitarist Pedro Cortes.

What’s Happening May 23 – May 30

A punk rock flea market, an open call audition, a dancing double bill, and more.

‘Mamma Mia’ leaves audiences singing

The production is, in the end, the ultimate crowd pleaser.

Band takes Peter Gabriel’s music in a new direction

The Security Project will recreate some of the mystery from Gabriel’s original music.

Award-winning memoirist to read at Vashon Bookshop

Alice Bloch’s latest book explores the meaning of motherhood from various perspectives.

What’s Happening May 16 – 23

A night of guitar, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” an exhibit of photos from the border, and more.

Japanese Day of Exile remembered in art and poetry

Commemorates the day Japanese American residents of Vashon Island were forced to leave their homes.

Spring into a gallery cruise on Friday

Most arts spots are open from 6 to 9 p.m.

What’s Happening April 25 – May 2

A photography show, funky tunes, an art studio tour, Oompa Loompas take the stage, and more.

Vashon Bookshop celebrates its independence

The one-day national party hosted by booksellers across the country will be held this Saturday.