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Southern Cayuga CSD drama club set to perform Mamma Mia for Spring 2022 musical

After a yearlong hiatus, the Southern Cayuga CSD drama club is pleased to return to the stage and present the upcoming performances of Mamma Mia for their spring 2022 musical. 

“You would never know that these students haven’t had a musical in 2 years, or ever, for some this is their musical debut! They have jumped at every learning opportunity onstage and backstage and I am so grateful for this incredible theatre family. This will definitely be a show to remember!” said Theatre teacher and Drama Club Director Jennifer Diana. 

Mamma Mia tells the story of a bride-to-be who is trying to find the identity of her real father and is told using hit songs by the popular band ABBA.

“My favorite part of the show so far has either been the music, because who isn’t a sucker for some classic ABBA, or the wonderful cast,” said senior Marissa Wiemann, who is playing Donna Sheridan.

“My favorite part of this show, specifically, is the feeling of being an absolute ‘hashtag’ girl boss, alongside my fellow Dynamos, Marissa Wiemann, Kylah Rossbach, (and on special occasion), Abigail White,” said Riley Binns, playing Tanya.

For the seven seniors taking part in the show, the musical offers an opportunity to perform one last time after being forced off the stage for such a long time.

“It is simultaneously exceptionally exciting and daunting. I remember what it feels like to perform in front of an audience, but it will have been two years since I have done so when the time comes. All in all, I am ecstatic that I get to do it again,” said student assistant director Jacob Myers, who is playing the role of Sam Carmichael.

“After this long it feels amazing to hop back onstage, to sing and dance just as if I did it the year before. The live performance is surely coming and as a cast and individuals we will be ready when that happens,” said senior Jarred Marshall, playing Bill Austin.

This isn’t the first show for many of the seniors in drama club, as some have been involved in drama since their middle school days.

“I have been participating in a drama club since seventh grade, but only ever in crew. The last two years I have taken a break because of COVID-19, but I’m back now and I stepped up and wanted to try something new. So, now I am the stage manager,” said Heather Adsitt.

“In eighth grade I wasn’t in the production, but I helped with the crew. Starting in ninth grade, I joined in acting for the musicals. Due to COVID it was very hard to be in productions, so this year for my senior year I am in the ensemble as well,” said assistant stage manager Haley Mayeu.

Whether they are in the crew or a lead role, all the seniors can agree that drama club is a place they belong.

“The community that you have in the class and in the club is definitely my favorite part about being in the show,” said senior Robyn Morgan.

Mamma Mia will be performed March 18 through the 20. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased HERE.