Mamma Mia!


The Hilarious Jukebox Musical

Book by Catherine Johnson, Music and Lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus

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!


Thursday, June 20th at 7:30 PM

Friday, June 21st at 7:30 PM

Saturday, June 22nd at 1:00 PM (Theatre for All Performance)

Saturday, June 22nd at 7:30 PM

Wednesday, June 26th at 7:30 PM

Thursday, June 27th at 7:30 PM

Friday, June 28th at 7:30 PM

Saturday, June 29th at 7:30 PM


Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for students, and $5 for NMU students.

Located in the Forest Roberts Theatre.



"Overture/Prologue" - Sophie

"Honey, Honey" - Sophie, Ali, and Lisa

"Money, Money, Money" - Donna, Tanya, Rosie, Pepper, and Company

"Thank You for the Music" - Sophie, Sam, Harry, and Bill

"Mamma Mia" - Donna and Company

"Chiquitita" - Donna, Tanya, and Rosie

"Dancing Queen" - Donna, Tanya, and Rosie

"Lay All Your Love on Me" - Sky, Sophie, and Male Ensemble

"Super Trouper" - Donna, Tanya, Rosie, and Female Ensemble

"Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)" - Female Ensemble

"The Name of the Game" - Sophie and Bill

"Voulez-Vous" - Company



"Under Attack" - Sophie and Company

"One of Us" - Donna

"SOS" - Donna and Sam

"Does Your Mother Know" - Tanya, Pepper, and Company

"Knowing Me, Knowing You" - Sam

"Our Last Summer" - Harry and Donna

"Slipping Through My Fingers" - Donna and Sophie

"The Winner Takes It All" - Donna

"Take a Chance on Me" - Rosie and Bill

"I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" - Sam, Donna, and Company

"I Have a Dream" - Sophie and Company


Cast List

Sophie Sheridan Audree Stephens
Ali Lilith Kontos
Lisa Megan Hibbard
Donna Sheridan Aurelia Hunter
Tanya Jill Vermeulen
Rosie Barbara Rhyneer
Sky Mikhail Moran
Pepper Brady Skewis
Eddie Patrick McCommons
Harry Bright Tom Laitinen
Bill Austin Orion Couling
Sam Carmichael Paul Truckey*
Father Alexandrios Jacob Laitinen
Female Swing Kortney Manchip
Female Ensemble Emily Burbey, Ella Filipowicz, Nancy Irish, Kate Karling, Kati Kattelus, Kortney Manchip, Caitlin Palomaki, Callie Reid, Emily Scannell, Laura Thompson
Male Ensemble Benjamin Bures, Benjamen Filipowicz, Kyle Flickinger, Dustin Golden, Kyle Hantz, Griffin Pepin, Joel VanHeulen

Indicates a member of the Actors' Equity Association.

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honors Society.



Creative Team

Director Shelley Russell
Choreographer Jill Grundstrom
Music Director Jeff Bruning
Scenic Designer Bill Digneit
Lighting Designer David Pierce
Costume Designer Susan Candey
Sound Designer Dan Zini
Properties Master Hannah Carey
Technical Director Steve McClain
Production Stage Manager Katherine Marsh

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.



Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Director Sophie Sam
Assistant Costume Designer Ann Juidici
Conductor Anna Morrison
Assistant Stage Manager Hannah Cormier
Dance Captain Emily Burbey
Master Electrician Justin Van't Hof
Light Board Operator  Justin Van't Hof
Spotlight Operators Sophie Sam, Justin Van't Hof
Sound Engineer/Mixer Dan Zini
Media Playback Operator Anna Morrison
Audio 2 Hannah Cormier
Fly Rail Operator Maggie Solomon
Run Crew Hannah Cormier, Maggie Solomon

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honors Society.



Forest Roberts Theatre Summer Staff

Production Manager David Pierce
Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew Hannah Danforth, Jacqueline Hegmegee
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters Hannah Carey, Hannah Cormier, Sarah Cormier, Landon Stelwagen, Audree Stephens, Justin Van't Hof, Taylor Venegas
Box Office Managers Lilith Kontos†, Sophie Sam
Box Office Staff Jacob Laitinen, Nick Salin
Photographer NMU Marketing
Facebook Find us at FRT Theatre and Dance! 

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

Cast Bios

Audree Stephens is so excited to portray the role of Sophie Sheridan in NMUs first ever summer stock season! Audree will be heading into her senior year at NMU. She is a theatre major and a dance minor and has been involved in several shows with NMU such as The Addams Family, Tarzan, Sweeney Todd, and Beauty and the Beast. She hopes you all enjoy this fabulous show! 

Lilith Kontos (Aliearned her B.S. in English from NMU this past May and is currently the Forest Roberts Theatre’s box office manager. She has appeared in numerous FRT productions, including Sweeney Todd (Tobias Ragg), The Addams Family (Grandma Addams), Where a Certain Future (Deborah Abramson), Into the Woods (Lucinda), and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), in which she played various roles. She has also performed in Grease (Jan) and Steel Magnolias (Annelle) with Lake Superior Theatre. Lilith is so thankful for this opportunity to do another show on the FRT stage; here we go again!

Megan Hibbard (Lisa) is a freshman from Clarkston, Michigan majoring in art and design and minoring in theatre. This year at the FRT, she has performed in Fringe Festival (Viola) and Beauty and the Beast (Silly Girl) and she is so excited to be a part of Mamma Mia! She would like to thank the directors, cast, and crew as well as her family for their endless love and support. As Sophie Sheridan would say, “Thank you for the music, for giving it to me.” Enjoy the show!

Aurelia Hunter (Donna Sheridan) holds a B.S. in theatre performance from Northern Michigan University, and has been performing on the Forest Roberts Theatre stage for 23 years, playing roles such as The Witch in Into the Woods, Velma in Chicago, Marta in Company, Val in A Chorus Line, and many more. Aurelia is also a graduate of New England Center for the Circus Arts and performed professionally as an aerialist for 10 years with companies like Club Med, Aerial Angels, Circus Circus, and Dragone. Other favorite roles include Maureen in RENT (Vista Theater, Negaunee), Linda in Blood Brothers (Cappuccino Musical Theater, Calgary, Alberta for which she won the CAT award for best supporting actress), and Suzanne in Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Forest Roberts Theatre, Marquette).

Jill Vermeulen (Tanya) holds degrees in theatre and communication studies from Northern Michigan University (‘18 BS). Some of her favorite roles include The Addams Family (Morticia), Noises Off (Belinda), Proof (Claire), Little Shop of Horrors (Crystal), She Kills Monsters (Kaliope), and Chicago (Hunyak) at the Forest Roberts Theatre, and The Producers (Ulla) at Lake Superior Theatre. Directorial highlights include High School Musical and Narnia for Superior Arts Youth Theatre. Choreographic highlights include James and the Giant Peach for SAYT and choreographer's assistant for Beauty and the Beast at FRT. Jill would like to thank her boyfriend Tom and her family for their endless love and support.

Barbara Rhyneer (Rosie) is originally from Anchorage, Alaska, where she grew up playing violin and trumpet in the public schools. She earned a Doctorate of Arts in orchestral conducting and violin performance from Ball State University. Barbara came to Marquette in 1997 to be a faculty member in NMU’s Department of Music where she directs the university orchestra, provides string lessons to music majors, and teaches classes in conducting, string pedagogy, and music appreciation. This is her first theatrical production. In her spare time, Barbara enjoys performing fiddle in an Irish band (the “Knockabouts”) with her husband Tim DeMarte, and friend, Dan Truckey.

Mikhail Moran (Sky) is from Escanaba, MI and moved to Marquette after attending NMU this year. He has always enjoyed performing and being in theatre. Some of his previous roles include Danny Zuko in Grease, Neleus in Mary Poppins, General Bullmoose in Lil Abner and Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast. Mikhail would love to send his thanks to his friends and family who have encouraged him on his journey in theatre. He also would like to thank the director and his cast and crew for being such wonderful people to work with.

Brady L. Skewis is an American actor portraying the role of Pepper in Mamma Mia! When Brady is not acting up and out onstage, he is playing a whole guitar in the band "Joel & The Good Boys," a delightful entrée in the feast of Marquette's local music scene (look them up on social medias!) In his pathetically meek amount of free time, you can find Brady contemplating his own fleeting existence. He'd like to thank Dave and Wendy for being the best parents he's ever had. Much love, enjoy the show, the princess is in another castle.

Orion Couling (Bill Austin) is the award-winning founder and executive director of EDGE of Orion, an Illinois NFP. He is a specialist in project-based learning and carries 20 years of adventure based teaching experience. He created the Constellation Project, a program that celebrates inclusion and neuro-diverse participation. With over 100 directing credits in professional and youth theatre to his name, he remains one of the foremost experts in dynamic educational theatre. His “edu-tainment” style is known to bring levity and inspiration to classrooms and audiences. Orion is also a stage combat instructor, stunt coordinator, and a licensed Maritime Captain. As an actor, he's played Arthur in Spamalot, Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Tom in Beacon on the Rock and, here at NMU, Booth in Assassins, Dracula in Dracula and Tony in West Side Story. When not leading the “inclusion revolution,” you’ll find him playing with his Irish folk rock band “Finger on the Trigger,” leading ghost tours, or by the water.

Jacob Laitinen (Father Alexandrios) is a native of Marquette, MI and a junior theatre major at NMU with a minor in music. Jacob returned to Northern in 2017 after a 7 year hiatus, and is ecstatic to be back on the academic grind. His previous roles at NMU include Beedle Bamford in Sweeney Todd, Edgar/Sante in Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe, Professor Porter in Tarzan, Creon in Antigone, Thenardier in Les Miserables, and The Snail with the Mail in A Year with Frog and Toad. Jacob has acted professionally as Sikes in Tecumseh Outdoor Drama, Rowdy in Beacon on the Rock, and a member of the chorus in several operas at the Pine Mountain Music Festival. He has also been a part of community theater in the Marquette area for the past 20 years, and has performed as the Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Herr Schultz in Cabaret, Sebastian in The Little Mermaid, Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show, and Ali Hakim in Oklahoma. Jacob wants to say thank you to everyone for coming out, and he hopes you enjoy this wonderful production.

Kortney Manchip (Female Swing/Ensemble) has been in several productions at NMU including Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman), Tarzan (Ensemble), Beauty and the Beast (Ensemble) and The Addams Family (Ensemble), as well as several productions outside of the university such as Cabaret (Fraulein Kost), Willy Wonka (Veruca Salt), and Singin' in the Rain (Lina Lamont). She would like to give a special thanks to her parents for being endlessly supportive and the creative team for trusting her with the challenging role of understudying all female roles. She is happy to work with such a talented cast; enjoy the show!

Emily Burbey (Ensemble) is currently a sophomore at NMU with a major in graphic design and a minor in dance. She began performing in community theatre and dance programs at the age of four and has continued to perform in NMU productions, including East of the Sun, West of the Moon as a servant, Tarzan as Jane, and Beauty and the Beast as a member of the ensemble. Her hobbies include singing, dancing, and design. Emily is so grateful and excited to be a part of Mamma Mia!

Ella Bartlett Filipowicz (Ensemble) is an Aquarian disco enthusiast who enjoys a hot cup of tea. Past performances include: Titus Andronicus (Tamora), Five Women Wearing the Same Dress (Mindy), Macbeth (Witch), The Mousetrap (Miss Casewell), The Importance of Being Earnest (Cecily Cardew), and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Maggie). Ella would like to thank her mom for teaching her how to groove, her husband for going on this crazy “let’s BOTH do a show!” adventure, the awesome caregivers who “kidsat” the kids, and her two Mamma Mia superfan daughters for making sure she gets the lyrics all 100% spot on.

Nancy Irish (Ensemble): With buckets of gratitude for this opportunity to sing and dance with these talented youngbloods, Nancy dedicates her performance to the following: Maria Demetriou, her late Greek exchange student sister, and her beautiful time in Greece for Maria’s wedding; cast and crew mates past and present; her pioneer Great-Grandmothers, whose spirits she discovered in herself through playing them in Beacon on the Rock and Quilters; Frank Irish, her father, for giving her music; Shelley Russell, for hearing it in her when she couldn’t; Alice, departed soul-sister, in partial fulfillment of promises made; and her own self, for finding the courage.

Kate Karling (Ensemble) was born and raised in the U.P. and is grateful to have had so many creative outlets over the years in the midst of such a beautiful landscape; the Historic Ironwood Theatre and Theatre North in Ironwood, Michigan have her heart. She has been dancing for eighteen years and acting for three. She has loved getting to know the cast and crew of this show and is thrilled to be an accomplice to bringing the music of ABBA to the FRT! Special thanks to her family for being the best cheerleaders she ever could have asked for in chasing her dreams.

Caitlin Palomaki (Ensemble) is a sophomore at Northern Michigan University studying music education with a choral concentration and a minor in theatre. This will be her second show at NMU; her first was Beauty and the Beast this past winter semester, where she played Madame de la Grande Bouche. She has been involved with theatre since the age of six, with some previous roles including the Evil Stepmother in Cinderella and Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan, both through Superior Arts Youth Theatre. Others include Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie at Marquette Senior High and Lisa Ghiardi in Beacon on the Rock at Lake Superior Theatre. She is very excited to dance and sing to ABBA this summer!

Callie Reid (Ensemble) is a junior at NMU majoring in applied behavior analysis and minoring in human services. She has been in two other productions at the FRT: Sweeney Todd (Ensemble) and The Maniac King (Azazel). She is looking forward to this amazing production of Mamma Mia and hopes that it brings as much joy to others as it has her. 

Emily Scannell (Ensemble) is excited to make her debut theatrical appearance alongside the fun and talented cast and crew of Mamma Mia! Emily is a Marquette community member who enjoys working as an occupational therapist, playing outside, spending time at Bay Cliff Health Camp, and trying to "mesc" (make every second count). She thanks her family and friends for being the best support system she could ask for. Enjoy the show!

Laura Thompson (Ensemble) is a Northern Michigan University alumni and has appeared in many Forest Roberts Theatre productions, including Scrooge!, The Addams Family, Little Shop of Horrors, Chicago, Les Misérables, and She Kills Monsters, as well as Pippin at Lake Superior Theatre and Proof at the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre. She enjoys yoga, rock climbing, road trips, hiking with her dogs, and spending time with family and friends. Laura is thrilled to be working alongside so many talented and friendly people in this production of Mamma Mia!

Ben Filipowicz (Ensemble) is a graduate of NMU and now teaches at Bothwell Middle School under the alias of Mr. Flip. Past performances include: Into the Woods (Rapunzel’s Prince/Wolf), RENT (Mark Cohen), The Mousetrap (Mr. Paravicini), The Tempest (Trinculo), Doubt (Father Flynn), The Importance of Being Earnest (John Worthing), Harvey (Elwood P. Dowd), Sweeney Todd (Sweeney Todd) and Hair (Berger). He’d like to thank his parents for making sure he had a good education in 70’s pop, his wife for her mad babysitter scheduling skills, said babysitters for their mad babysitting skills, and his daughters for their love and choreography corrections.

Kyle Flickinger (Ensemble) is a recent graduate from NMU, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. Kyle has been a part of other FRT productions, including Tarzan (Ensemble, Understudy Tarzan) and Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere). He would like to thank the theatre family at NMU for being so welcoming and supportive of his acting endeavors, as he will miss performing on the FRT stage when he moves to Madison, Wisconsin to begin his PhD in the fall.

Joel VanHeulen (Ensemble) is so excited to be a part of the ensemble for Mamma Mia! His previous roles include Lefou (Beauty and the Beast), Sebastian and Sir Toby (Twelfth Night), Plant Number 3 (Little Shop of Horrors), The Dead Body (Lucky Stiff), Crutch Collins (Anatomy of Grey), Bonnefoi (Imaginary Invalid), and many others.

Creative Team Bios

Shelley Russell (Director) is a professor of theatre arts at NMU. Shelley teaches a variety of courses, including playwriting and stage combat. She's directed over fifty productions including Beauty and the Beast, RENT, Romeo and Juliet, Peter Pan and Legally Blonde. She enjoys all aspects of theatre, and has acted and sung in numerous productions, created dance and fight choreography, designed costumes and written plays and musicals which have been honored by the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award Competition, KCACTF, the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Michigan. She served as executive director for LST and in 2011 was honored by NMU with the Distinguished Faculty Award. Playwriting credits include Holdin' Our Own, Beacon on the Rock, Haywire, Points North, and Water, Woman. 

Jill Grundstrom (Choreographer) is a Marquette based dancer, instructor, and choreographer. She has a B.S. from Northern Michigan University in Secondary Education with majors in English and French, and a M.A. in Dance Education from New York University in New York City and Genoa, Italy. She is currently pursuing an Ed.S in Educational Leadership, with the intention to continue to an Ed.D, as well as new Character Dance and Partnering curricula for American Ballet Theatre in New York City. She continues to train with The Luigi Jazz Centre, STEPS on Broadway, and Broadway Dance Center in New York City, and has worked, taught, and trained with New York City Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, and American Ballet Theatre in New York City and is certified in their National Training Curriculum. Jill is also a Certified FLX Conditioning Specialist. During seasons four through seven, Grundstrom was a writer for Cat Deeley, host of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. Jill is the program director for and instructor in the Dance Program at NMU and choreographs for the NMU Theatre and Dance Program. Jill has choreographed over 30 full-length musical and dance productions in the Upper Peninsula, New York City, and Los Angeles, including a full-length, original ballet, East of the Sun, West of the Moon, and recently choreographed an independent feature-length film, Our State Fair. She was the recipient of the MACC Outstanding Performing Artist of the Year Award in 2011.

Bill Digneit (Scenic Design) is the owner of Double Trouble Entertainment. He received his M.F.A. in technical production and design at Florida State University.

David Pierce (Lighting Design) came to NMU from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY where he had been technical director for the department of theatre and dance. Other TD credits include Adirondack Theatre Festival, Little Theatre on the Square, and Four Seasons Theatre Company. David holds a B.S. in construction management from Ferris State University and an M.F.A. in theatre technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his spare time, he loves to be outdoors. He enjoys hiking, boating, fishing, biking, and bonfires. He's also a boisterous Tigers fan!

Susan Candey (Costume Design), a Marquette native, received a B.M. in Vocal Performance from St. Olaf College in 2011. She is a costume designer, director, and performer. Her recent costume design credits include the Forest Roberts Theatre's Medieval Dinner Theatre, Noises Off, Tribes, Building Madness, and Bears. Her directing credits include Newsies: The Broadway Musical (Superior Arts Youth Theater), Scrooge! (FRT, 2018), Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. (SAYT), and James and the Giant Peach Jr. (SAYT). Susan served as the Drama Director at Marquette Senior High School 2014-2016 (Sister Act, A Radio Drama, How to Succeed, The Mousetrap, Annie Get Your Gun) and the Costume Designer for College Light Opera Company's 2014 nine show season in Falmouth, MA. Her recent performing credits include Godspell (Lake Superior Theatre), Elle Woods in FRT's Legally Blonde, Lady of the Lake in Spamalot (LST), Lily in The Secret Garden (LST), and Meg in Little Women (LST).

Sophie Sam (Assistant Director) just finished her freshman year at NMU pursuing a B.S. in theatre and entertainment arts with a minor in dance. This year, she was the Production Stage Manager for the FRT’s Medieval Dinner Theatre and Assistant Director for Pookie Goes Grenading with Wolf’s Head Theatre Company. Before attending NMU, she co-directed Annie (2017) and directed RENT (2018) with Dickinson County Community Theatre, and directed Anatomy of a Murder (2018) at the Vista Theatre. She served two terms as President of Dickinson County Community Theatre from 2015-2017, and is currently on the Board of Directors for Wolf’s Head Theatre Company. Also a performer, Sophie most recently appeared in Sweeney Todd (2018) and Nightfall (2019).