Arvada Center kicks off 2018-2019 season with “Mamma Mia!”

Column by Harriet Hunter
Posted 10/2/18

The Arvada Center couldn’t have chosen a better musical to begin the new theater season. I love the music of ABBA. Rod A. Lansberry directs this quintessential “feel good,” show. Music and …

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Arvada Center kicks off 2018-2019 season with “Mamma Mia!”

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The Arvada Center couldn’t have chosen a better musical to begin the new theater season. I love the music of ABBA. Rod A. Lansberry directs this quintessential “feel good,” show. Music and lyrics are by Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson with some songs with Stig Anderson. The book was written by Catherine Johnson. The show runs through Sept. 30. So, get there quickly. If this piece doesn’t see the light of day before the show closes, just know you missed a great one. Perhaps it will come back, much like “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” I would certainly vote for that.

Tunes include, “Dancing Queen,” and “Take A Chance on Me.” The story tells the tale of a single mom, her daughter, and three possible fathers. Mariah MacFarlane is the daughter (Sophie Sheridan), her mother, Donna Sheridan is played by Shannan Steele, Piper Lindsay Arpan (Tanya), Kitty Skillman Hilsabek, (Rosie). The entire cast is very strong and highly talented. Others in the cast are Glenn DeVar (Sky), Mark Devine (Harry Bright), Jeffrey Roark (Bill Austin), and Daniel Robert Sullivan (Sam Carmichael). The magical set is designed by Brian Mallgrave, musical director is Nolan Bonvoular, Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck is choreographer and Clare Henkel is the costume designer.

Regional premiere of “LUNGS” at Miners Alley in Golden

This production took a little time to figure out; however, once I did that, it was brilliant. The two actor play features husband and wife team Adrian Egolf and Luke Sorge. Len Matheo (Artistic/Executive Director) directs this production, with finesse and humor. The playwright is Duncan Macmillan. Newly-wed couple, W (Adrian Egolf) and M (Luke Sorge) are discussing having a baby … fast forward, they do get pregnant. And, fast forward again … we see the couple attending sports and school events.

“LUNGS” has many light-hearted moments; however, there are also moments of drama and pathos. In the beginning, everything looks bright and positive; however, as the story unfolds, we discover that not all is well in Paradise. The couple eventually divorces. By the end of the play, the couple reconnect and we are left wondering if they will get back together.

Jonathan Scott-McKean designed the beautifully minimalistic set.

“LUNGS’ runs through Oct. 14 at Miners Alley Playhouse in Golden. MAP is located at 1224 Washington, in Golden. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

For tickets and information, call 303-935-3044 or online at minersalley.com. The one-act play runs for 105 minutes with no intermission.

Live theater fan Harriet Hunter Ford can be contacted at hhunterford@gmail.com

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