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ABBA's music will travel to Chapel Hill for UNC Pauper Players' 'Mamma Mia!'

<p>Pauper Players rocks the house with musical numbers</p><p>CREDIT: Max Bitar</p>
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Pauper Players rocks the house with musical numbers

CREDIT: Max Bitar

Here we go again! UNC Pauper Players is here to fulfill everyone’s disco-infused Grecian fantasies with its spring mainstage production of Broadway’s “Mamma Mia!” 

The jukebox musical, which is is based on the songs of the Swedish pop group ABBA, will be performed on April 5 to 8 at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro. 

For audition or general inquiries, email or visit the Pauper Player’s Facebook page. 

This week, auditions are being held from Thursday, Jan. 10 to Saturday, Jan. 11. Callbacks will be held on Sunday, Jan. 13.

Sophomore Mikaela Mock, the director of the show, encourages those curious about musical theater to audition. 

“If you want to get involved in musical theater and haven’t before, this is a great way to dip your toe in the water and see how it goes,” Mock said. “('Mamma Mia!') has a grand scope of characters and there are different vocal parts so it’s a really easy way to be included." 

While Mock is looking forward to the experience of directing "Mamma Mia!" as a whole, she said she is most excited about exploring the relationships among characters and honing in on the acting. 

“I’m a firm believer that no matter if you don’t have any lines or if you have four songs to yourself, you’re equally important to the show,” Mock said. 

While the cast will be using the Broadway script and score, music director Madeline Yara believes there is still room for interpretation and hopes to incorporate some different singing styles into the classical songs.

“This is my first ever musical music directing, so I’m excited for that," Yara said. "I think it’s a good musical to start out with because a lot of people already know the songs, so it will be a good way for me to learn how to music direct a show. I also just like "Mamma Mia!" — it’s a good musical. The music is catchy and fun to sing.”

While the musical is known for its ABBA renditions, it would not be the same without its choreography. Co-choreographer and junior Emily Pirozzolo said she is looking forward to putting her own choreographic twist on the musical.

“We’re coming up with the movements for all of the dance numbers and a big part of that is making sure that the movement that we come up with stylistically and thematically represent the director's vision,” Pirozzolo said. “I’m hoping to stick with the disco and 70s style because that’s a lot of ABBA’s music, but adding some jazz elements and even adding some different modern movement qualities to the show as well.”

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