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Flagstaff Music Theatre presents "Mamma Mia!," the hit musical based on the music of the Swedish pop/rock band ABBA. A cast of 30 plus actors, singers and dancers brings to life the story of a young girl’s search for her father on the eve of her marriage.

ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale 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.

The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! an incredible night of musical theater. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!

Director Shayne Smith, theater instructor at Flagstaff High School, is directing his first show for FMT and has created a magical island on the stage at Flagstaff High School. He is assisted by Music Director Douglas Riddle, retired long time Choral Director at Coconino High School, Choreographer Leslie Baker who retired recently from Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy as head of their Dance program and pit conductor  and Devin Hasser, a recent NAU Masters graduate and FMT veteran. Set design and construction is by longtime FMT Board member and set designer Randy Beaumont, with input by Shayne Smith and construction assistance from the FHS Technical Theater class. Sound, lights and stage crew is provided by FHS students.

The 30-member cast includes many familiar faces and more than a few first time Flagstaff performers. Leads include FMT and Flagstaff theater veteran Kathleen Leatherwood in the role of Donna Sheridan, the mother. Her daughter Sophie is played by Flagstaff High School graduate Ali Stewart. NAU students Catalina Minder and Haley Evans appear as Sophie’s girlfriends who come for the wedding. 

“Mamma Mia!” features most of ABBA’s biggest hits. 

The show runs for two weekends at Flagstaff High School in Cromer Auditorium (the Main one). It opens Friday, Nov. 8 and closes on Nov. 17. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday the 8, 9, 15 and 16 and 2 p.m. on Sunday the 10 and 17. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students and $7 for those 12 and under. Tickets are available online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4409655 

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Do yoga, support veterans

Roll out your mat in support of recovery and resilience among our veterans, families and communities.

A benefit yoga class is being held to express gratitude and honor those who served in the United States Armed Forces.

There will be several classes that people can join all day long. Each class is free to veterans and their families. The noon class in particular will be an all levels benefit class. Suggested donations are $15. All proceeds will go toward the Veterans Yoga Project. 

Veterans Yoga Project is an educational and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of military veterans.

It works with veterans, active-duty military personnel, student veterans’ organizations and other non-profit organizations. VYP-trained instructors teach over 100 free yoga classes each week nationwide for veterans and their families. By providing support to all veterans, whether they are currently struggling with severe symptoms, or they are focused on increasing resilience and giving back to others, "Veterans Yoga Project is doing its part to serve those who have served," according to its website. 

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