Mamma Mia! Character Breakdown

Mamma Mia! Cast Breakdown

The songs of the pop group ABBA provide the score for this romantic comedy that contrasts the dreams and desires of a young woman about to become a bride with those of her mother, a free spirit of the 70s who never married. Mamma Mia! takes place at a taverna on a Greek island. The cast should be quirky and offbeat. Our ensemble is composed of contemporary dancers and singers. Some ensemble men have dance specialties for which any acrobatics are a plus; some ensemble men and women are featured as singers and actors. ALL ARTISTS SHOULD HAVE A ROCK SOUND AND BE ABLE TO MOVE WELL.

Character Breakdown

DONNA SHERIDAN (late 30s-early 40s – the mother of a 20 year old girl) Attractive and free-spirited. A former lead singer in a group called “Donna and the Dynamos” who now owns and runs a hotel/casino on a Greek island. A strong feminist who also has a zany and vulnerable side. Principal role. Mezzo-Soprano

SOPHIE SHERIDAN (18-25) A very special young woman who is determined to find the romance and happiness she feels eluded her mother. Has a wild, zany spirit even though she pursues a conventional marriage. Pop soprano. Principal role. Soprano

TANYA CRESHAM-LEIGH (late 30s-early 40s) A former singer in the “Dynamos”. Rich, sophisticated, acerbic, funny, and witty. Principal role. Mezzo-Soprano

ROSIE MULLIGAN (late 30s-early 40s) Also a former singer in the “Dynamos” who now writes for and runs a feminist press. She’s confident, strong, and funny on the outside but shy underneath. Kooky and fun, good comic actress, bit of a clown. Actress who sings. Principal role. Alto

LISA (18-25) Sophie’s friend who arrives to be a bridesmaid. Very energetic and kooky. Should be African-American, Hispanic-American, Asian-American, Native American or any non Caucasian young woman. Should sing and dance well. Supporting role. Mezzo-Soprano

ALI (18-25) Sophie’s friend. Impulsive and fun. Should contrast to Lisa and Sophie. Supporting role. Mezzo-Soprano

SAM CARMICHAEL (35-45) May be Sophie’s father. Left Donna 20 years ago because he was engaged to another woman. Charming, successful architect. Actor who sings. Baritone. Principal role. Baritone

HARRY BRIGHT (35-45) May be Sophie’s father. British financier, weathy, buttoned-up, and conservative but trying to reconnect with his freer, youthful self. Must do a very convincing English accent. Also an actor who sings. High baritone, tenor. Principal role. Baritone/Tenor

BILL AUSTIN (35-45) May be Sophie’s father. A travel writer with no possessions or strings. Good-natured, always ready for adventure. Funny, preferably a big or imposing man. Principal role. Baritone

SKY (late 20s) Sophie’s fiance. Athletic, attractive – has given up his life as a successful young businessman in order to make over Donna’s taverna and marry Sophie. Supporting role. Baritone/Tenor

PEPPER (20s) Sky’s friend. Helps run the hotel. Charming, loves women, always flirting. Must be a good mover/dancer. Acrobatic skills a plus. Supporting role. Baritone/tenor

EDDIE (20s) Another friend of Sky and hotel worker. Laid-back, easygoing. Also a mover/dancer role.. Supporting role.  Baritone/tenor Ensemble mix of ages, types and vocal ranges.

Ensemble mix of ages, types ,ethnicities and vocal ranges.