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The musical featuring over 22 of ABBA’S greatest hits is coming to The Star Gold Coast.
Over 60 million people all around the globe have fallen in love with the story and the music that makes MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good musical. And now, in a stunning new production, we invite you to fall in love all over again! Voulez Vous, S.O.S, Take a Chance On Me, Dancing Queen and so many more hits you know and love make this worldwide phenomenon a fabulous night out for audiences of all ages.
Playing The Star Gold Coast for a strictly limited season.
On a small Greek island, Sophie dreams of a perfect wedding — one which includes her father giving her away. The problem? Sophie doesn’t know who he is! Her mother Donna, the former lead singer of the 1970s pop group Donna and the Dynamos, refuses to talk about the past, so Sophie decides to take matters into her own hands. Sneaking a peek in her mother’s old diaries, she discovers three possible fathers: Sam, Bill, and Harry. She secretly invites all three to the wedding, convinced that she’ll know her father when she sees him. But when all three turn up, it may not be as clear as she thought! Told through the legendary music of ABBA, Mamma Mia! has become a worldwide sensation that has audiences everywhere dancing.
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TIM HILL director
B.A. Griffith University, ATCL Trinity College London, MFA Directing NIDA. Timothy Hill is a freelance director of musical theatre, plays, cabaret, dance and film. In 2015, he completed a Masters of Fine Arts Directing at NIDA. Recent directing credits include WICKED (Matt Ward Entertainment),Reagan Kelly (Metro Arts), Fame(HOTA/MattWard Entertainment)Spring Awakening (Underground Broadway 2018-Matilda Nomination for Best Director) and Bang Bang: Featuring Ronda Burchmore (TAMPresents/Brisbane Festival 2018), a sold out production of RENT (QPAC/Matt WardEntertainment 2018), Wheel of Fortune(Metro Arts/TAM Presents 2018),This Is Our Youth(Underground Broadway 2018), RENT(Matt Ward Entertainment/Powerhouse 2017) new Australian musical Showtrain (Federation University 2016) and Mary Poppins(Arts Centre Gold Coast 2016) Into The Woods(The Performers Studio/Arts Centre Gold Coast 2016),Cabaret, A Cabaret(The Performers Studio 2017). Other career highlights include; for Raw Metal:Metalworx (Writer/Assistant Director),Amped (Writer/ Assistant Director),Funky Beats(Writer/Director-critically acclaimed national tour) and in Melbourne:From The Inside(Co-Director-Industry Dance),Evolution of Love(Collaboration-Writer/Co-Director),Time: A Story Of Youth(Project Y Writer/Co-Director)Electric Avenue(Troy Armstrong)Twist and Turns(Oscar Theatre Company-Director) and Off/On (Oscar Theatre Company-Director) Spring Awakening (Nida-Director). His directorial work in film includes: film clip Gold for Triple J unearthed artist Donatachi in 2015. As assistant director Stranger I Am(NIDA-Craig Ilott) Asdramaturg Left Behind&Uninvited Guest&Disconnect(Merge Dance Theatre).
KUKI TIPOKI musical director
Kuki is a passionate and creative artist who specialises in creating live music experiences.
Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, Kuki acknowledges the beauty of including his heritage within his works and teachings.
Kuki has worked in many Australian and International musical theatre productions as well as TV production houses including Freemantle media and Shine with recent credits including performing for Taylor Swift, Craig David, Nathaniel, Stan Walker, Timomatic and Jessica Mauboy. His skill set spanning across the stage and the band has seen him being both a performer and band member in shows like Sweet Charity and Little Shop of Horrors, this propelled him into his role on School of Rock as the Rock Coach and coming up project as Musical Director of Once on this Island.
Kuki’s musical theatre credits include American Idiot, Between Worlds, Mack and Mabel, Little Shop of Horrors, The Tap Pack, Songs For a New World, Mamma Mia, SHOUT!, 2006/2007 Japanese tour of We Will Rock You, and the Australian tour of the Boy From Oz starring Hugh Jackman. Other stage credits include Fiddler on the Roof, Truth Beauty and a Picture of You - The Whitlams, Grease – The Arena Spectacular, The Man From Snowy River, The King and I, and South Pacific.
He is also a founding member of local sydney improvised music event Sexy Sunday Jam.
JESS HANSEN costume designer
Jessica has been working in costume design and wardrobe management roles for musical theatre and plays across Gold Coast and Brisbane for 4 years. Jess is thrilled and excited to be working on her third show with Matt Ward Entertainment on this current performance of Mamma Mia!.
An accomplished designer, with a vibrant personality, Jess has designed costumes for productions including, Wicked,Heather's the Musical, Bumpy Angels, Fame, Woman in Black,Wilbur The Optical Whale and Purely Academic. Head of wardrobe for festivals including glitter festival and performances with indelability arts at Adelaide fringe festival. Jess has been head assistant and coordinator for performances including, Mary Poppins and Peter Pan. Working with HOTA in the wardrobe department and working with indelability arts as company developer and in the design team is something she is extremely passionate about.
Jess is thrilled to be costume designer in this production of Mama Mia! and is looking forward to making it a unique show for Gold Coast audiences.
ADAM GARDNIR set designer
Mamma Mia! marks Adam’s debut at The Star, Gold Coast. Previous set and/or costume designs include HAIR,Sydney Opera House and HOTA;Rolling Thunder Vietnam, Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Empire Theatre Toowoomba;The Neighbourhood, La Boite;Birdland, Buyer and Cellar,Melbourne Theatre Company;Saturn’s Return,Sydney Theatre Company;Into The Woods,Angelique, The Bear, Rembrandt’s Wife,Victorian Opera;Gypsy, The Producers,Anything Goes,The Production Company;Moonshadow,Cat Stevens Company;Love Never Dies,Really Useful Group (as Associate Designer);The Promise, Paul, Love Me Tender,Belvoir;Semele,The Australian Ballet and the TV Week Logie Awards. As Producer, Adam’s work includes the original production of Gaybies for Midsumma;A Midnight Visit for Fringe World Perth and MELT Festival at Brisbane Powerhouse. Adam is currently Producer and Designer on One Hundred Years Of The History Of Dance As Told By One Man In Sixty Minutes With An Energetic Group Finale, a solo work made by his husband Joseph Simons, and will design The Children for Queensland Theatre.
WESLEY BLUFF lighting designer
Wesley is the director of Krank’d Productions: a Gold Coast based professional Audio and Lighting production company, who specialize in theatrical and special events. With a passion for all things theatrical but most specifically lighting, Wesley enjoys working with directors and producers to present works of all sizes, ranging from intimate independent plays through to national and international arena tours.
Some recent Lighting Design credits include: A Very Naughty Christmas (Understudy Productions), State of Origin–The Beginning,The Revisionist (Refraction Theatre), YANK! (Matilda Nominated Best Musical 2019-Understudy Productions),Wicked (Matt Ward Entertainment),Reagan Kelly (Matilda Nominated Best New Australian Work-Rocket Boy Ensemble),Ivanov (QUT), Strictly Ballroom (IMTC), Spring Awakening (Matilda Nominated Best Musical 2018–Underground Broadway), RENT (Matt Ward Entertainment).
CESSALEE STOVALL Casting Consultant
Cessalee Stovall is ecstatic to be joining the MWE team as a Casting Consultant for Mamma Mia! With an international acting career including Film, TV, and Theatre, and theatre outreach programs here and overseas, Cessalee is proud to call Australia home. In 2017, she founded Stage a Change, an organization dedicated to creating professional theatre opportunities for aspiring artists of colour in Australia. Through Stage A Change, Mrs. Stovall has produced a training program for young artists of colour in partnership with VCA, hosts the live stream program "The Show" with leading industry representatives, and frequently serves as a diversity consultant for theatres, schools, and production companies, specifically focussed on supporting auditions, rehearsals, performance, and audience outreach. Australian credits include the feature film "The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee", Clickbait (Netflix), and originating the role of Kalimba in The Book of Mormon after a 3+ year run of the show in the US. With a BA in Theatre from Florida State University, she's worked extensively in Chicago, Florida, and Utah as an actor, choreographer, and theatre educator; favorite credits include Kala in Tarzan, Sour Kangaroo in Seussical, and Sarah in Ragtime.
MATT WARD producer
Matt Ward, a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) is Founder and Managing Director of Matt Ward Entertainment. Last year Matt produced the critically acclaimed, Smash Hit Broadway Musial WICKED(HOTA)as well as the 2018 ‘SellOut’ season of RENT(QPAC)And has previously produced shows for such artists as Wicked star: Amanda Harrison–Up-close & reasonably personal,Silvie Paladino–inconcert, Broadway performer & YouTube sensation Natalie Weiss in cabaret and The Greenroom Project Cabaret series.
After returning from New York & London in 2008, where Matt worked & trained alongside some of Broadway & The West Ends finest, Matt established Matt Ward Vocal Studios which has propelled him to be one of Queensland’s most sought after vocal coaches. His client’s range from musical theatre professionals to solo recording artists who have been featured on The Voice, Australia’s Got Talent and signed to international record labels. They have also featured in musicals such as Matilda, Annie, The King and I, The Sound of Music and Disney’s Aladdin.
He is passionate about creating opportunities for emerging artists here in Queensland and is thrilled to be producing the Gold Coast Premiere of this hit ABBA Musical, MAMMAMIA! at The Star Gold Coast.