The Arvada Center Opens the 2018-2019 Theatre Season With “Mamma Mia!”

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Arvada, CO – The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities opens its 43rd theatre season with the hit Broadway musical Mamma Mia! directed by Rod A. Lansberry, now playing through September 30, 2018. Mamma Mia! is based on the songs of ABBA, one of the most popular international pop groups of all time. It follows a young bride’s quest to discover the true identity of her father and the story unfolds to hilarious consequence when she invites three men from her mother's past to her wedding. Since its premiere in 1999, it’s been performed in over 40 countries, and every day, there are at least seven performances being staged somewhere in the world. The 2018 – 2019 Theatre Season Presenting Sponsor is Lutheran Medical Center.

Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm, matinees on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm, through September 30. Audience engagement events, including a weekly theatre salon (registration required), insider’s talkbacks, and happy hours with the cast, are held through the run of the production. To purchase tickets and for additional details, go to  or call 720-898-7200.

A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget! Mamma Mia! is the ultimate feel-good experience that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the excitement! This smash-hit musical combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen” and “Take A Chance on Me,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship. The magic of ABBA’s timeless songs and a delightful story of romance propel this charming musical to a paradise adventure you won’t want to miss.

Mamma Mia! music and lyrics are by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, with some songs with Stig Anderson. The book was written by Catherine Johnson. Originally conceived by Judy Cramer. In addition to director Rod A. Lansberry, the Arvada Center creative team includes Nolan Bonvouloir (musical director), Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck (choreographer), Brian Mallgrave (scene design), Clare Henkel (costume design), Shannon McKinney (light design) and David Thomas (sound design).

The cast features Emily Luhrs (Sophie Sheridan), Shannan Steele (Donna Sheridan), Piper Lindsay Arpan (Tanya), Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck (Rosie), Glenn DeVar (Sky), Mark Devine (Harry Bright), Jeffrey Roark (Bill Austin), and Daniel Robert Sullivan (Sam Carmichael). The ensemble features Jasmine Jackson, Emily Hin, McKayla Marso, Lindsey Somers, Danielle Scheib, Alissa Robinson, Michael Bouchard, Daniel Velasquez, Nolan Baker, Barret Harper, Elliot Peterson, Benjamin Roeling, Colin Lee and Joe Callahan.

Mamma Mia!

Playing September 7 – 30, 2018

Tuesday – Saturday 7:30 pm

Wednesday matinée, 1:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday matinée, 2:00 pm

Preview Performances

September 4 – 6, 7:30 pm

Happy Hours with the Cast

Stay after the performance and enjoy a social happy hour with the cast! Complimentary light snacks will be provided, and a cash bar will be available.

Happy Hour opportunities:

  • Friday, September 21 after 7:30 performance


Audience Talk Backs

These discussions offered after select performances cover interesting subjects about the production with members of the cast, director and/or designers. A cash bar will be open.

Talk Back opportunities:

  • Tuesday, September 18 after the 7:30 pm performance
  • Wednesday, September 26 after the 1 pm performance
  • Thursday, September 27 after the 7:30 pm performance

Theatre Salons (Registration required)

Have a passion for theatre? Then join the Arvada Center Theatre Salon where you’ll spend 4 weeks exploring the script and its themes, the sets and costumes, the playwright and the history behind it all. You’ll also have the opportunity to see the production and meet the people who make it happen! To register please call the box office at 720-898-7200

Theatre Salon dates

  • Classes are Thursday evenings 7-9 pm, September 13 - October 4
  • Participants will attend the performance on September 27 at 7:30 pm


About the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

Since its opening in July 1976, the award-winning Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities has grown to become one of the nation’s largest multidisciplinary arts centers, devoted to all aspects of the arts and generously supported in part by the City of Arvada, the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) and Colorado Creative Industries. The Arvada Center is located at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. and provides free parking for all its patrons. For more information go to or call 720-898-7200.