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Knowing me, knowing you ... and going to see 'Mamma Mia!'

The Dynamos (from left, Mena Williams, Sharon Russell, and Wendy Cottone) from Community Players' production of "Mamma Mia!"
Community Players
The Dynamos (from left, Mena Williams, Sharon Russell, and Wendy Cottone) from Community Players' production of "Mamma Mia!"

It’s the music of ABBA set to the coming-of-age story about a young woman on a small Greek island, recently engaged, who wants her dad to walk her down the aisle. However, which of her Mom’s three previous suitors is her father? To find out, she invites them all to her wedding.

For its 99th season at Community Players in Bloomington, the much-loved jukebox musical "Mamma Mia!" takes you on Sophie’s, as well as her Mom’s, journey of self-discovery with songs like "Dancing Queen" and "Knowing Me, Knowing You," and "Thank You for the Music" from ABBA, as the guide.

And while speaking with Director Kinsey Peotter and Assistant Director Missy Freese, there is a lot of excitement with bringing this musical to the Community Players stage.

Peotter touched on the theme of self-discovery that happens with Sophie.

"It’s this really empowering feeling, especially as a woman, just to say that you can go after what you want and whatever it is that you want, you can take your time to find and you don’t have to let the world … define what that is for you," Peotter said.

And Freese connected with that point in saying that her takeaway is that, “it is OK to change your mind.”

No doubt when you go to a musical like this, get ready for sing-a-long and walkaway humming some of your favorite ABBA tunes.

"Mamma Mia!" at Community Players is running the weekends of March 18-20 and again March 25-27.

There are COVID policies for viewing this production. For more details and to purchase tickets, go to communityplayers.org.

Ariele Jones is WGLT's assistant program director and host of Morning Edition, Highway 309, and Center Stage.
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