Eva Vickerman, '23
When I heard that this year’s musical would be Mamma Mia!, I quite literally jumped for joy. As a massive ABBA fan and an avid Mamma Mia! viewer (I’ve seen both movies approximately 10 times each), I knew I had to audition.
To preface: I cannot sing. I did choir for maybe two years in middle school, but my singing experience as of recently has strictly been limited to singing in the shower. I also cannot act. I participated in the Nashville Children's Theatre when I was in the 5th grade, but other than that fruitful experience, I've never acted a day in my life. I would, however, consider myself an intermediate dancer: I danced for 5 years—during middle school and my freshman year of high school—before moving to D.C.
Because I had never done an actual theatre production prior to Mamma Mia!, I figured that this was the obvious start of my future Broadway career. I pulled up to the audition, and I sang, danced, and acted my heart out (or as much as I could with my limited experience). I left the audition feeling excited about starring in the ensemble, and for the next couple of days, I eagerly awaited an email with the much-anticipated cast list.
I was sitting in my kitchen, recovering from squash practice with a well-deserved Coke Zero, when suddenly a notification popped up on my phone: “Mamma Mia casting.” Scrambling, I opened the email and hastily scanned the list of names, hoping and praying my name would be in the ensemble section. I read the list once. Twice. Oh God, I thought to myself as the realization dawned on me. I’ve been cut. And indeed I had.
Luckily for me, my second chance at fame came no sooner than a couple of days later when Mr. Bishop sent me an email asking if I wanted a part in the ensemble. Obviously, I said yes, and my acting career was back on track! When I went to my first rehearsal, I didn't know what to expect. I was an outsider, a newcomer—a novice Thespian, if you will. I somewhat expected to be pushed onto center stage and have tomatoes thrown at me while the whole Thespian Society watched. However, quite the opposite was true. I was welcomed with open arms, and I was even applauded when Mr. Bishop announced to the cast that I would be joining the ensemble (true story).
What I love about participating in the musical is how much fun it is. I genuinely get so much joy from dancing and singing to ABBA’s most famous songs alongside my fellow classmates. Each rehearsal brings something new and exciting, and while, of course, there are nights I would prefer not to go, it always ends up being worth it. I’ve met and gotten to know so many more underclassmen from both NCS and STA, and I have made the most incredible friends along the way.
To anyone considering whether or not to come to see Mamma Mia!, I highly encourage you to attend. If you're a big fan of either ABBA or the Mamma Mia! movies, this is the perfect show for you! Even if you don’t like either one (surprising), please come and support your friends and classmates (Personally, I’m making all of my friends come to all 5 shows and bring me a bouquet of flowers each time). It’s going to be an amazing show!