THE 1970s hit single, Mamma Mia, by Swedish pop group ABBA, came to life at the University of Goroka, Eastern Highlands province, recently in a stage production by final year expressive arts students.
The production of the stage musical Mamma Mia! was held at the university campus at a packed Mark Solon Auditorium on Oct 14 and 15.
The musical proved that Papua New Guinea had its own home-grown talent in the genre of contemporary performing arts.
The students involved in the musical undertook most production responsibilities in stage management, scene changes, props, music and singing with support and guidance from staff in the expressive arts department.
They proved also that they had great talent in the areas of expressive dance, singing and acting.
Staff and students were impressed by the professionalism of the production, and enjoyed the performance of a contemporary musical drama on stage.
The storyline of the musical was that of a bride-to-be trying to discover the identity of her father in order to feel “complete” for her big day, as told through performances of hit songs by pop group ABBA.
The musical explored the themes of finding your identity, family, love and the mistakes made in life.