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Star-studded SA cast for Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia! 2010 boasts a cast featuring South Africa's starring many highly acclaimed stars of stage, film and the small screen. The show opens at Artscape, Cape Town, from Sunday, 15 August 2010, continuing to The Teatro at Montecasino from Tuesday, 5 October 2010.
Award-winning actress Gina Shmukler (Chess, Blues Brothers, Jesus Christ Superstar, Showboat) stars as the mother of the bride, Donna Sheridan. Joining her on stage is South Africa's youngest theatre sensation, 19-year-old Carmen Pretorius (High School Musical SA & Shanghai, Footloose) cast as the bride-to-be, Sophie; theatre and television award-winning actress Ilse Klink (Chicago, The Full Monty, Isidingo, Scandal, 7de Laan) is the no-nonsense Rosie and acclaimed stage and television star, Kate Normington (Hairspray, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, High School Musical) plays the role of the wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya. Cape Town actor and 2008 IDO Hip Hop World Championships team finalist dancer Stephen Jubber (Merchant of Venice, High School Musical, Bollywood movies) plays Sophie's fiancée, Sky.

Orkney Snork Nie star


Popular Afrikaans actor and soapie-star Anrich Herbst, who began his television career as the young son, “Wimpie”, in the hit series Orkney Snork Nie and went on to play major roles in Egoli and Isidingo, will delight audiences in the role of the charismatic Sam Carmichael, one of Sophie's three possible fathers. Murray Todd (We Will Rock You, The King & I”, “Boogie Nights”, “Oklahoma”, “That'll be the Day”, Generations) is Bill Austin, another possible father of the bride.

Sophie's friends Ali and Lisa are played by Christel Mutombo (High School Musical, West Side Story, Cabaret) and Gemma Donnelly (Hairspray, My Fair Lady, Footloose) with Karabo Maithufi (Cats SA & International Tour, Hairspray, Groovy Nights) and Christopher Jaftha (High School Musical, Saturday Night Fever, African Footprint) as Sky's friends, Pepper and Eddie.

Female ensemble


The female ensemble includes Marlee van der Merwe (The Full Monty, High School Musical, Showboat); Natasha van der Merwe (Best Foot Forwards, For Old Time's Sake, Scrooge the Musical). Trudy Fredericks (African Footprint, The Lion King, High School Musical), Chantell Joubert (South African colours for Latin American dance and freestyle dance, Strictly Come Dancing), Carly Graeme (Sound of Music, Grease, We Will Rock You Asia/Pacific Tour), Molebatsi Lekgetha (Ain't Misbehavin', Amen Corner); Shelley Adriaanzen (Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, The King & I); Letshego Seekoe (Sweet Charity, Ragtime the Musical, The King & I); and Nurit Graff who makes her theatrical stage debut.

The male ensemble dancers are Clive Gilson (Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, High School Musical), Daniel Buys (Snow White, Spotlight), Darryl Evans (Cats, Chess, Beauty & The Beast), James MacEwan (Isidingo, Binnelanders, Angel's Song), Lebo Toko (Ragtime the Musical, Touch My Blood); Nicol Sheraton (Chicago, Oliver Twist, We Will Rock You - New Zealand Tour).

An enchanting tale, set to ABBA


Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA's timeless songs, writer Catherine Johnson's enchanting tale of family and friendship unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

Book now at Computicket by calling 083 915 8000, or go to www.computicket.com For Cape Town hospitality bookings contact . For all Teatro group bookings contact .

Further information on Mamma Mia! productions worldwide can be found at www.mamma-mia.com.
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