Tippecanoe to present ‘Mamma Mia!’

TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe High School will present the musical “Mamma Mia!” beginning Thursday, March 5, at 7 p.m. Additional showings will be held on Friday, March 6, and Saturday, March 7, both at 7 p.m., as well as Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m.

According to theater and drama teacher Candice Jasinski, this will be the first time THS students have performed the musical.

“I wanted to pick something that was a little on the newer side and maybe a little more exciting for the kiddos,” Jasinski said. “Tipp City has done a lot of really fantastic musicals, but I didn’t want to repeat one. I also love how fun all this music is; it’s fast-paced — at moments, silly — and just a funny, light, good time.”

Auditions for the musical were held just prior to Christmas break, Jasinski said, with a couple of rehearsals taking place over the break. The students began rehearsing “full force” upon returning to school at the beginning of the new year.

“It’s been an absolute blast so far,” she said. “We rehearse five days a week, but not everyone is called each day. Most Saturdays are a combination of dance rehearsal and set-building day.”

Jasinski added that the entire set has been built by students and parent volunteers.

According to Jasinski, the cast is a mix of students, in grades nine through 12, who have participated in musicals before and those who are new to it.

“A majority of our kids participated in StageCrafters growing up, so they come into high school excited about the program, which is so wonderful,” she said. “It’s such a great foundation.”

StageCrafters is a summer theater program that provides a learning experience for kids interested in theatrical arts. The program involves participation in a wide variety of theatrical workshops, learning acting, and movement basics, and participants work to stage a musical in less than two weeks.

Jasinski said she herself is a newcomer to the THS theater program, having moved from Florida just prior to the beginning of this school year.

“It’s been absolutely wonderful,” she said. “I left a job that I really loved and walked into a job that I really, really love, so I’m a lucky duck.”

Jasinski attended Southeastern University, in Lakeland, Florida, where she earned a degree in theater arts.

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The cast of the Tippecanoe High School musical Mama Mia! rehearses a scene at during a a dress rehearsal earlier this week.
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By Aimee Hancock

Miami Valley Today

Cast for Mamma Mia!

Catalina Anghel

Ben Anticoli

Megan Ashburn

Kendall Beam

Abe Bennet

Allison Boyle

Gabby Buchanan

Amelia Campbell

Isaac Clark

Brenna Custer

Heather Diehl

Aaron Dilbone

London Eberly

Ellie Engle

Hope Falkowski

Jaila Fletcher

Brendan Green

Lily Green

Missy Gross

Megan Haggerty

Emma Hartings

Brianna Howard

Libby Kaibas

Catherine Konicki

Meranda Lyme

Sofia Maggard

Ashleigh Muir

Maddy Nelson

Grayson Newbourn

Cailey Petsch

Isa Ramos

Grace Ranard

Jackson Ranard

Adam Reed

Katie Reeder

Annie Sinning

Dalton Smith

Sarah Stark

Rachel Street

Riley Trezeciak

Lindsey Viskup

Hana Walchli

Unique Washington

Belle Williams

Noah Withrow

Crew

Kirsten Hartke

Ashley Wickline

Amelia Zwiezig

Connor Sexton

Kessler Hackenberger

Seth Brown

Krstina Withem

Connor Behm

Francesca Neilson

Emily Stark

Lyndsey Reckers

Nicole Downing

Lily Mcdowell

Kelsey McClurg

Randy Miller

Jerrimiah Herring

Anne Lyons

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