Music and Lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson Book by Catherine Johnson
Directed by Stephanie Gularte
The magic of American Stage in the Park and the timeless pop-hit songs of ABBA come together in this up-beat musical set on a tropical Greek Island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. This enchanting tale of love, laughter, family and friendship features a large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers for an unforgettable night under the stars!
“The sunniest of all musicals…it provides new pleasures every time” – Sunday Express
Advisory Warning: Strobe lighting is used at various points during the MAMMA MIA! production.
GENERAL Lawn Admission: *bring your own chair or blanket Wed, Thurs, Sun – $20 (advance)/$30 (at the gate) Fri & Sat – $25 (advance)/$35 (at the gate) Children 6 and under are free.
PREMIUM Blanket Seating: *bring your own blanket Wed, Thurs, Sun – $35 Fri & Sat – $40
RESERVED Chair Seating: Wed, Thurs, Sun – $45 Fri & Sat – $50
Prices are subject to change without notice.
ABOUT AMERICAN STAGE IN THE PARK American Stage in the Park has been a celebrated Tampa Bay tradition for over thirty years. Established in 1986, American Stage in the Park was first known for producing Shakespeare to audiences in and around Tampa Bay. In 2006, American Stage in the Park expanded to included comedies and modern musicals presented under the stars each spring at Demens Landing Park in downtown St. Pete.
PLEASE NOTE: No alcohol or pets are allowed into the park, by City Ordinance. Food and beverages (both alcoholic and non) are available at concessions.
APRIL 10 – MAY 12, 2019
The New Barker
ARMANDO ACEVEDO* (Bill) made his American Stage debut in 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival earlier in the year and is very happy to join the cast of MAMMA MIA! this spring. He recently appeared as Amir in GableStage’s acclaimed production of Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer-winning DISGRACED in South Florida and has played multiple doctors, lawyers and detectives on Telemundo and Univision. The Miami native received his graduate degree in theatre from the California Institute of the Arts and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Visit him at www.armandoacevedo.com.
MATT ACQUARD (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to Park for this incredible show. Select Regional credits include Jonah Haber in BAD JEWS, Claudio in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Sketch/Ensemble in HAIRSPRAY, Laurence/Agent Sharp in TARTUFFE, Eeyore/Kanga in WINNIE THE POOH, Red in AMERICA: A MOSAIC (American Stage), Bill/ Lucentio in KISS ME, KATE (Annapolis Shakespeare)and Swing/Ensemble in KISS ME KATE! (St. Pete Opera). Other selected credits include Soldier in STROVINSKY’s SOLDIER’S TALE (St. Pete Opera), Jack Handsome in SUNSHINE CITY: THE MUSICAL (St. Pete Arts), Oberon in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Finalist for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship – Region 2) Training: BFA in Acting from Towson University and the American Stage Acting/Apprentice Program. Matt would like to thank American stage for this opportunity, his cast and crew for their hard work and talents, and his family and girlfriend for their constant love and support.
LARRY ALEXANDER* (Harry) Broadway: Marius-LES MISERABLES; (Off-Broadway) Philip-PARTY; (Lincoln Center) THE WIZARD OF OZ; (Europe) Freddy – MY FAIR LADY with Maximilian Schell, Tony-WEST SIDE STORY; Opening Act – LIZA MINNELLI WORLD TOUR. American Stage: A MARVELOUS PARTY and Kenny – LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR. freeFall Theatre” Elwood – HARVEY, Dale Harding – CUCKOO’S NEST, Mickey – THE NORMAL HEART, SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM and Ernst – CABARET, (Outstanding Featured Actor Award, Theatre Tampa Bay). TheatreZone, Naples: 14 Seasons including Peter Allen – THE BOY FROM OZ, Jack Diamond – LEGS DIAMOND, Archie, THE SECRET GARDEN, Dan – NEXT TO NORMAL, Robert – COMPANY, Anatoly – CHESS The Baron – GRAND HOTEL and Taylor Collins – BROOKLYN. Winter Park Playhouse: Jervis – DADDY LONG LEGS and George, I LOVE A PIANO. MNM: Georges, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. Stage Works: All 36 Characters – THIS WONDERFUL LIFE. Regional: Anatoly – First National Tour CHESS, Tom Platt – World Premiere, CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS (Ford’s Theater), Henrik – A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, Joseph -…DREAMCOAT, Jesus – JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Shenandoah). Television: “The Guiding Light”, “As The World Turns”, “Murder One”, “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.”
MATTHEW ALEXANDER* (Eddie) is so grateful to be making his American Stage debut. An Ohio native, Matthew has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Point Park University. National Tours: 42ND STREET (Dir. Mark Bramble/Choreo. Randy Skinner), MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT (Dir. B.T. McNicholl), 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL PARODY, and BYE BYE BIRDIE. Select Regional: KISS ME, KATE (Bill Calhoun, Alhambra Theatre), FANTASTICAL FAMILY NIGHT (Transcendence Theatre Company), 9 TO 5 & SOUTH PACIFIC (STAGES St. Louis), GREASE (Teen Angel, Theatre By The Sea), 42nd STREET (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse), THE DROWSY CHAPERONE (Gateway Playhouse), and CHILDREN OF EDEN (Pittsburgh Musical Theater). Other credits include dancing in JUBILEE! in Las Vegas and singing aboard Norwegian Cruise Line. Much thanks to the creative team and everyone here at American Stage for this joyful opportunity. Love to mom, dad, & fam! @MattGAlexander
HOLLY ATWOOD (Lisa) is excited to be making her American Stage Theatre debut! She hails from Chicago where she recently graduated from the Roosevelt University Musical Theatre program. Her regional credits include LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (Short North Stage), A NEW BRAIN (Theo Ubique) and A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Drury Lane Oakbrook). Her favorite roles she has performed are Dot in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, and Ensemble in GODSPELL (Both at Roosevelt University). Special shout out to brothers Steven, Kurtis and Lukas, and baby sister Sarah! Much love and gratitude to everyone involved in MAMMA MIA! Instagram: @hollyatwood33.
ALISON BURNS* (Donna) is thrilled to be back for her 5th park show with American Stage! Graduate of AMDA in New York City. Credits include Maureen in the National Tour of the Broadway musical RENT!, Belle/Rapunzel/Little Mermaid in Off Broadway’s DISENCHANTED! Velma in HAIRSPRAY, Janet in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, Martirio in BERNARDA ALBA and Susan in TICK, TICK, BOOM! Her lyrics can be heard in the scores of WAIST WATCHERS and A BIG APPLE CHRISTMAS and she choreographs for West Florida Dance Center’s Musical Theatre Classes. She is also a successful Comedian and Podcaster with 10K Dollar Day: the imaginary luxury travel comedy podcast! www.10kdollarday.com – find her podcast anywhere you find your podcasts. She tours with Jukebox 4 – www.jukebox4.com and her favorite role to date is playing Mom to her beautiful daughters and Wife to her always supportive Husband. For my brother.
JENNIFER BYRNE* (Tanya) Off Broadway NEVERMORE (Original OB Cast), EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL (Original OB cast/recording), IT’S KARATE, KID THE MUSICAL! (NYIT Nomination, OC recording), PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Lucille Lortel), FAIRY TALE CHRISTMAS (World Premiere), THE GRIFTERS THE MUSICAL. Regional: MUSICAL OF MUSICALS THE MUSICAL (freeFall Theatre, Theatre Tampa Bay Award; Best Actress in a Musical), THE DROWSY CHAPERONE (The Wick), SHEAR MADNESS (Florida Repertory Theatre), LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (freeFall Theatre, Theatre Tampa Bay Award; “Best Featured Actress in a Musical”), ON THE TOWN (Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival), OPEN ROAD (Powerhouse), A CHORUS LINE (The Maltz Jupiter), CLOSER THAN EVER (Riverside Theatre), LOMBARDI (Ocean State Theatre Company), LEGALLY BLONDE (Merry Go Round Theatre), BERNARDA ALBA (freeFall Theatre), CABARET (freeFall Theatre), THE 39 STEPS (Theatre By The Sea), FAIRY TALE CHRISTMAS (Tuacahn Theatre). AEA, SAG/AFTRA, CAEA. Love to T, T, A, family and friends. www.jennifer-byrne.com
EMANUEL CARRERO (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to American Stage In The Park for MAMMA MIA! He is just coming back home to the Bay Area after being on the national tour of Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” as Ryder. Other previous credits include OCEANIA CRUISES (Prosuction Singer), THE PRODUCERS (Kute Kevin, American Stage), UNDER FIRE Reading with Broadways Barry Harman & Grant Sturiale (Pedro, freeFall theatre), HAIRSPRAY (IQ, American Stage), PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Samuel, freeFall Theatre), THE MIKADO, (Yum Yum, freeFall Theatre) LES MISERABLE (Marius, University of Tampa) SPRING AWAKENING (Ernst/Reinhold, freeFall Theatre), VOCAL ELEMENT a Nata Lux Entertainment Company ensemble (featured soloist), and BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA (Vocalist). He would like to thank God, friends, and family for all their continuous love and support. For more info visit: emanuelcarrero.wixsite.com/eecmusic Instagram: @emanuelcarrero
BIANCA CHICO (Ensemble) is delighted to be making her American Stage debut in MAMMA MIA! Her other recent credits include WEST SIDE STORY (Show Palace Dinner Theatre); IN THE GROOVE (Electric Blue Entertainment); HOLIDAY INC. (Straz Center for the Performing Arts). She has also been a featured performer on Norwegian Cruise Line, at Walt Disney World and for the Radio City Rockettes. She is currently attending Florida International University to obtain a degree in Business Administration. Bianca thanks her family for being the greatest support system, and American Stage for an opportunity to share her love of performing.
RENATA EASTLICK* (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to American Stage. Upon receiving her BFA from the University of Florida affiliate campus New World School of the Arts College, Renata has worked extensively in theatre, TV, voiceover and commercials. When not onstage, you can hear Renata’s voiceover work as “Caveira” in the hit video games, RAINBOW SIX SIEGE and GHOST RECON: WILDLANDS. Some of her theatrical credits include THE NUTCRACKER (House Theatre of Chicago); GOOD PEOPLE, TWO TRAINS RUNNING and IN THE HEIGHTS (American Stage); RUINED (Gablestage); ECLISPED (Women’s Theatre Project); COMPANY (TheatreZone); XANADU (Slow Burn Theatre Company) and HAIRSPRAY (Actors’ Playhouse). TV: “Burn Notice.” Commercials: Macy’s, Verizon, Walmart, IKEA. Renata is a Theatre Tampa Bay Award recipient, a two-time Carbonell Award Nominee and a member of Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA. She thanks American Stage, her husband Joel and her family for their support. For updates, follow Renata on Instagram: @renataeastlick
CAMERON HALE ELLIOTT (Sky) was most recently seen as Tony in WEST SIDE STORY at Theater West End in Sanford. Other credits include: Clyde Barrow in BONNIE AND CLYDE (Henegar Center for the Arts); Hedwig and Jack Kelly in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH and NEWSIES (Titusville Playhouse), respectively; Jamie Wellerstein, THE LAST FIVE YEARS; Blackstache, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER; Emcee, CABARET (Osceola Arts). Ohio credits include: Miami University Theatre Department, Dayton Playhouse, Playhouse South, and Beavercreek Community Theatre. He appeared in a lead role in a pilot for a series titled “Undergrads: The Sitcom” in 2012. A special thanks to his mother for doing so much to allow him to be performing to this day. Instagram: @cameron_hale_
KAYLIE HOROWITZ (Ensemble) is currently in American Stage’s Apprentice Program this season, and is absolutely thrilled to be making her American Stage in the Park debut! She was perviously seen at American Stage in MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLY, and THE COLONY (21st Century Voices: New Play Festival). Kaylie recently graduated from Auburn University with a BFA in Performance, and was seen in ANTIGONE, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, and THE DROWSY CHAPERONE. She has worked as a teaching artist for multiple summer programs, and is both an on-stage actor and voice actor. Kaylie is grateful to all of the incredible staff at American Stage for this apprenticeship opportunity, and would like to thank all her friends and family for their support! Follow on Instagram @ginger_menace and Twitter @Kaylie_R_H kaylieroseh.wixsite.com/krhacting
ERIN LEIGH KNOWLES (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back with the American Stage in the park as she was last seen as Tammy in American Stage’s HAIRSPRAY in 2017. Her other credits include ELF (Alhambra Theater & Dining); STOP KISS (Powerstories Theatre); Production Vocalist onboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Oceania Riviera; Featured Soloist in JUKEBOX GIANTS: MOTOWN AND MORE (Earl Strand Smith Theatre) Lead Vocalist at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION; and a Singer/Dancer at Six Flags Over Georgia in MIXTAPE. She received her BFA in Musical Theater from the University of Tampa. She dedicates this performance to Max “MAXTAPE” Chambers.
BECCA MCCOY* (Rosie) is known to local audiences for her performances as Eulalie in THE MUSIC MAN (Theatre Tampa Bay Award winner), Susan in FLYING (Best of the Bay Award winner), the Lady of the Lake in SPAMALOT (Theatre Tampa Bay Award nominee), and as Sleeping Beauty in DISENCHANTED! (Broadway World Tampa Award-winner). Becca has performed nationally in MOTHERHOOD THE MUSICAL and MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL. Locally, Becca is also a cabaret artist whose one-woman show THE PEARL IN THE HOGWALLER sold out multiple performances at American Stage and won the Award of Excellence at the 2016 SaraSOLO Festival. Becca was the recipient of the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance’s inaugural MUSE People’s Choice Award in 2014, and has been awarded in musical theatre nationally by Young Arts and the National Society of Arts and Letters. In March 2020, see her at TheatreZone in Naples, Florida as Mama Rose in GYPSY. beccamccoy.com
KELLY PLESCIA (Ali) could not be more excited to be making her American Stage debut! She was most recently on the National Tour of ALL HANDS ON DECK as Daisy Maxwell. Other credits include TRIBES (Barrington Stage Company), Beth in MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG and MAMMA MIA! (Cape Rep Theatre), Maggie Clapp in the world premiere of THE MOLLYHOUSE, Serena in LEGALLY BLONDE , Patti in SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ (New Jersey Performing Arts Center) and PARANORMATIVE (the Kraine Theatre). Kelly is a graduate from NYU Tisch’s New Studio on Broadway with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. She is an advocate for equality, developmental theatre, and ABBA. Thank you to the MAMMA MIA!! team and the tremendous support from friends and family. www.kellyplescia.com
DYLAN CONNOR RENFROW (Ensemble) is an Acting and Production Apprentice at American Stage. He was most recently seen as the Butler in MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY and the Nurse in BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY (American Stage). He graduated Auburn University in May 2018 with his B.F.A in Theatre Performance and Dance.
JULIA RIFINO (Sophie) is delighted to be making her American Stage debut! Her regional credits include Kate Monster in AVENUE Q (Stageworks Theatre); Gabrielle in CINDERELLA (Show Palace Dinner Theatre); and Helga in CABARET (Florida Repertory Theatre). Holding a BFA in Musical Theatre along with a Minor in Studio Art from the University of Tampa, Julia’s collegiate credits include Cosette in LES MISÉRABLES; Columbia in ROCKY HORROR; and Eileen Evergreen in NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT. Julia’s additional training includes her (2017-2018) Acting Internship with Florida Repertory Theatre, where she toured Southwest Florida as George in CURIOUS GEORGE:THE GOLDEN MEATBALL; bringing theatre to young audiences. She is eternally grateful for the love and support from her family and friends, and for this stellar opportunity with the American Stage team!
JIM SORENSEN* (Sam) Off-Broadway/New York credits include THE BODY BEAUTIFUL, PLAIN & FANCY (York); MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (Engeman); and PLAGUED: A LOVE STORY (NYMF). Regional credits include THE 39 STEPS, and A FEW GOOD MEN (Flat Rock Playhouse); INTO THE WOODS, and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Fulton); LES MISERABLES (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina). Florida credits include BUTLER (Florida Studio); SOUTH PACIFIC, 1776 (Asolo); TIME STANDS STILL (Banyan); THE BUFFALO KINGS, CABARET, THE NORMAL HEART, BECKY SHAW, and THE BURNT PART BOYS (freeFall); THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE and THE PRODUCERS (American Stage); THE BLUE ROOM (Stageworks); and WEBB’S CITY: THE MUSICAL (Palladium). Awards include Creative Loafing Best of the Bay “Best Actor”, Theatre Tampa Bay “Outstanding Featured Actor”, and a “Handy” Award “Best Supporting Actor”. A proud member of Actors’ Equity, Jim is also an Associate Producer at American Stage. Much love to my beautiful wife, Natalie. www.jimsoren.com
MARK WILDMAN (Ensemble) graduated from Florida School of the Arts in Palatka, FL with his AS degree in musical theater and he hopes to one day perform on Broadway. His favorite aspect of theater is dance. Performances include Hairspray (Patel Conservatory), Shrek (Patel Conservatory), and West Side Story (Orange Park Community Theater). He loves meeting new people and creating new experiences on stage. This is his first professional show and he is so honored to get the opportunity to work with everyone in the cast and make new relationships.
ERICK ARIEL SUREDA* (Pepper) Theater performances: NEWSIES (Romeo, Dance Capt, Orlando Rep), IN THE HEIGHTS (Graffiti Pete, Orlando Shakes and GOAT/Baggy Pants), WEST SIDE STORY (Chino u/s, Swing, Orlando Shakes), MUSIC MAN (Tommy Djilas u/s, St. Pete Opera), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Perchik, Osceola Arts), A CHORUS LINE (Headband Boy, OA), BYE BYE BIRDIE (Harvey Johnson, OA), ANNIE (OA), RENT (Clandestine Arts), and EL WIZ (Espantapájaros, Orlando Fringe). Live performances DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM (Equity Dancer), JUNGLE BOOK ALIVE WITH MAGIC (Walt Disney World), and TERMINATOR 2:3D (John Connor, Universal Orlando). Thank you to my mother, my family, and Sunny Raskin for the support and guidance to keep moving forward.
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association
What happens if it rains? A little rain certainly won’t stop us, but should weather conditions look serious enough to cancel or abruptly discontinue a performance, ticket-holders will be able to exchange their tickets for another performance. If a call to cancel a performance is made prior to the show starting we will make the announcement on our facebook page. If you have any questions you can call the Box Office at 727.823.7529 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Will there be food & drink available for purchase? Yes. Stay tuned for more information. *No alcohol is allowed to be brought into the park, by City Ordinance.
Where can I park? Demens Landing Park is located on the waterfront right in the heart of Downtown St. Pete. Below are the two closest parking options: Southcore Garage 101 1st Avenue South St Petersburg, FL 33701 $1.00 per hour (max $7.00) Al Lang parking Lot # 1 230 1st Street South St Petersburg, FL 33701 $5.00 per day until 3:00am. For more downtown St. Pete parking visit DiscoverDowntown.