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Jukebox musical ‘Mamma Mia!’ coming to Allenberry Resort

BOILING SPRING — Another theatre group is singing out “Mamma Mia” loud and clear.

Joining a list of area community and professional theaters who have tackled the popular jukebox musical, Allenberry Resort opens “Mamma Mia” tomorrow, with a run from Sept. 13-29 at the Playhouse, located on 57 wooded, scenic acres in Boiling Springs (just outside Carlisle). Evening performances are 7:30 p.m., with weekend matinees set for 2 p.m.

The resort’s inns and theater, after being “dark” for over a year, have been renovated and updated before re-opening to the public.

The familiar storyline finds Sophie, a young bride-to-be, hoping to find her father’s identity. After reading her mother’s diary, she invites three of her mother’s former lovers to her wedding, confident that her true father will surface and walk her down the aisle.

Her mother discovers that two of her former singing group members from Donna and the Dynamics have also arrived on the Greek island, as the merry misadventures unfold.

Billed as the ultimate feel-good show, “Mamma Mia” features nearly two dozen of ABBA’s timeless songs.

With music and lyrics by Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, “Mama Mia” always get the audience clapping and applauding its catchy score.

Tunes include the title song, plus “Take A Chance On Me,” “S.O.S.,” “Dancing Queen,” and “The Winner Takes It All.”

With plenty of laughs and some high energy dance numbers, “Mamma Mia” should prove to be another appealing attraction for Keystone Theatrics, the community-based group which provides the cast and staff for Allenberry’s shows.

With an apparent crushing deficit, Allenberry abandoned its affiliation with the professional Actors Equity Association shortly before shuttering its doors.

Now Keystone Theatrics, having assumed the producing status, draws community-based performers from counties surrounding the historic resort as the casts for its schedule of comedies and musicals.

“Mamma Mia” has a running time of two and a half hours, with one intermission.

The show is recommended for ages 10 and older, due to adult content. Allenberry notes, however, that ages are merely a suggestion, and the decision is at the discretion of the family.

With its emphasis on family and friendship, “Mamma Mia” is a tried-and-true fan favorite, always drawing hearty applause.

Its curtain call, which can last nearly ten minutes, also triggers more hoots of laughter — and sometimes even dancing in the aisles.

For more information, call 717-462-4401.

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