HAYS — “Mamma Mia!,” a funny, lighthearted tale set in a Greek island paradise, will begin the 2018-2019 theater season at Fort Hays State University.
The musical comedy romance revolves around a girl’s desire to find her birth father to walk her down the aisle in her approaching wedding. To do so, she secretly invites three of her mother’s former lovers to the wedding.
The first of four performances is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in Felten-Start Theatre in Malloy Hall on the Fort Hays State campus. Other 7:30 performances are Friday, Oct. 5, and Saturday, Oct. 6. A 2:30 p.m. matinee performance will be on Sunday, Oct. 7.
Written in 1999 and featuring music from the 1970s Swedish pop group ABBA, “Mamma Mia!” was made into a hugely popular movie in 2008 starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Amanda Siefried.
Three other offerings are on the season schedule, two plays and an opera. All performances will be in Felten-Start. Complete listings for music and stage performances are available on the Department of Music and Theatre website, fhsu.edu/music-and-theatre/arts-calendar.
Tickets are $15 for the public and $10 for students and senior citizens. Season tickets are $50 for the public, $25 for students and $30 for senior citizens.
Seats for individual plays can be reserved online at webapps.fhsu.edu/theatreonlinereservations; by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, 785-628-4533
In the season’s second production, Nov. 15-18, the comedy turns darker with “Rancho Mirage” by Steven Dietz, a look at the secrets of three suburban couples, all longtime friends, when they gather at a dinner party in their affluent subdivision. Secrets and conflicts start coming out in a black comedy that is a satire on life in a gated American community.
On a lighter note, the next production is Tony Award winning play from 1963, “Barefoot in the Park” by Neil Simon. Performances are Feb. 28 through March 3.
Wolfgang Mozart’s comic opera “The Marriage of Figaro,” written in 1786, closes the season, April 4-7.