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Sing along with Mamma Mia at the Nelson Capitol

Lisel and Jeff Forst are hosting a sing along to Mamma Mia! at the Capitol Theatre on February 16. Costumes are encouraged! - Sam Van Schie photo
Lisel and Jeff Forst are hosting a sing along to Mamma Mia! at the Capitol Theatre on February 16. Costumes are encouraged!
— image credit: Sam Van Schie photo

Mamma Mia!, the highest grossing musical film of all time, is coming to Nelson’s Capitol Theatre on Saturday, February 16 at 7 p.m. and it’s not going to be just a showing, it’s going to be a happening!

With Valentine’s in the air, in the midst of a Kootenay winter, it’s the perfect time to be transported to a Greek island paradise where you won’t just watch famous actors sing, dance and fall in love — you can join them.

The Capitol Theatre has secured the rights to show Mamma Mia! for one night only, lyrics included. Those lucky enough to have attended the Capitol’s similar showings of The Sound of Music or Grease will know it’s going to be a lot of fun.

Of course, the story unfolds on the magical and fictitious Greek island of Kalokairi where inn owner and mother Donna (Meryl Streep) is preparing for her daughter Sophie’s (Amanda Seyfried) wedding, unaware that Sophie is using the occasion to uncover the great mystery of her life…which of three men (Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth or Stellan Skarsgaard) is her real father. Reviewers have called it ‘a celebration of mothers, daughters, old friends and new family found.’ It isn’t the highest grossing musical film of all time for no reason.

And then there’s the music; what could be more appropriate to the setting and the story than the timeless songs of ABBA: Dancing Queen, Super Trouper, Take a Chance on Me, Chiquitita and many more? The lyrics will be on the screen and the audience will be joining in. For those who have seen the movie and heard Pierce struggle through When all is Said and Done, you will know there are times when audience help is needed.

Masters of Ceremony for the evening will be local actors Jeff and Lisel Forst who will be dressed like anyone attending a wedding on a Greek island would dress. The audience is also invited to dress for the occasion. In fact, prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.

Tickets for this “winter beater” happening are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, $45 for a family of four and can be purchased at the theatre box office.

So Honey, Honey, this is an SOS; Mamma Mia! is coming to town. Voulez-vous chanter avec nous se soir?

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