Mamma Mia!

October 2022

Music and Lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson

Book by Catherine Johnson

at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre

The magic of ABBA's timeless songs

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! a guaranteed smash hit for any theatre. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!

at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre

The magic of ABBA's timeless songs

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Mamma Mia Bows
Thank you for the music scene
Super Trouper Mamma Mia
Dancing Queen Mamma Mia
Under Attack Mamma Mia
Lay all your love on me
Name of the Game Mamma Mia
Our Last Summer Mamma Mia
Does your mother know Mamma Mia
Money Mamma Mia

Cast

Shelley Wojcik

Donna Sheridan

Shelley has been creating and performing musical theatre for over 20 years for various theatre companies and schools throughout  Chilliwack. Some of her favourites include Seussical (CSOPA), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum(UFV), Into the Woods, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Mamma Mia! (Secondary Characters). Shelley is a science, theatre and education graduate from UFV,  is co-founder, artistic director and resident choreographer for Secondary Characters, and is currently teaching high school at Squiala Secondary.

Lauren Clift

Sophie Sheridan

Lauren is thrilled to be a part of one of her all-time favourite musicals! Lauren has been singing her way through life from a young age. She has performed in Sunset Boulevard, Bye Bye Birdie, Oliver, and most recently Secondary Characters’ production of Sweeney Todd as Johanna. This is technically Lauren’s second performance of Mamma Mia. The first was when she was twelve years old and underwent awake surgery. After the surgery, the nurses informed her that she had been singing Mamma Mia the entire surgery. Lauren is thrilled to now be a part of an ‘official’ production of Mamma Mia, thirteen years later, and to be performing for more than a room full of doctors. Lauren would like to give a special thanks to the wonderful cast and crew and especially to her family and grandparents who brought musicals into her life at a young age. To them, she can only say “Thank you for the music.”

Stefanie Swinnard

Tanya

Stefanie is thrilled to be performing in Chilliwack, her hometown, again. An award-winning classical and musical theatre vocalist, Stefanie grew up performing in Chilliwack for more than 15 years and has performed with many companies in the lower mainland, including Theatre Under the Stars and Royal City Musical Theatre. Stefanie is an honours graduate of both the University of the Fraser Valley and Douglas College Theatre and Music programs, respectively. In 2013, Stefanie founded the The Stage Musical Theatre Academy in New Westminster in hopes that she could continue to enhance the lives of young people through the arts.

Susan Newbury

Rosie

Susan has enjoyed dance and theatre from a very young age. Even though the pandemic has kept her off the stage for too many years, the challenge of Mamma Mia has got Susan back in her game! ABBA wasn’t part of Susan’s song choice growing up until she met her husband 40 years ago! He encouraged her to listen to ABBA, and now it’s a fixture of their Spotify list. Susan would love to visit Greece one day but for now, she imagines the gorgeous country in this lovely and funny musical that she has the privilege to play Rosie and work with a hard-working and talented cast, crew, and orchestra. Susan would like to dedicate this show to her lovely daughters, Coneitia, Celeste, and Chloe, “cause somewhere in the crowd there’s YOU!”, and to her husband, Randy, who always reminds her that even as they age, they can always enjoy a little theatre of song and dance to keep them young and to keep the spark going!

Randy Newbury

Sam

Randy has been involved in the theatrical arts for over 40 years. His passion for theatre ignited at the age of 14 when he was in the chorus of The Music Man (St. Marys Community Players), where he met and fell in love with his now wife, Susan Newbury. Since then, he has acted, sang, danced, stage managed, designed, directed, and produced dozens of productions locally and in south-western Ontario. He and his wife, Susan, have raised three beautiful daughters, and he loves to travel in his spare time. Randy dedicates this performance to his mother who played ABBA records every Saturday while doing housework when he was a child. He only hopes that you, the audience member, enjoy the show as much as he’s had working on it.

Jeff Hanson

Harry

Jeff is elated to join Secondary Characters again for their production of Mamma Mia! Having the music of ABBA influence his early years, it’s been a joy for Jeff to be a part of this team. Jeff previously performed in Secondary Characters’ 2016 production of The Wizard of Oz. Jeff is a Middle School Math and Science teacher and has raised three children with his wife, Patti. In some form, the entire Hanson clan has been involved with musical theatre. Jeff would like to thank his supportive family for giving him the inspiration to keep performing, as well as Steffi, Ann, Paula, and Michael. Enjoy the show!

Warren Schatz

Bill

Warren was only recently introduced to the world of musical theatre when he was "convinced" to audition for Newbury Art Concepts' production of The Music Man in 2018 and landed the part of Constable Stock. Warren is grateful to Raelyn, Susan, and Randy who introduced him to this world of creative and supportive people, and he's excited to be a part of this production. He hopes it's never too late for an old dog to learn new tricks!

Aidan Sharpe

Sky

Aidan is stoked to be in this production of Mamma Mia! Jumping into the role with only a few weeks left before opening has been a wild experience, but has also been so much fun. Some of Aidan’s past credits include Jack Kelly in Newsies, and Mortiz Stiefel in Spring Awakening. Aidan hopes everyone watching lays all their love on this show!!

Harriet Dykstra

Lisa

Harriet is a Vancouver-based actor, singer, and theatre instructor. She has been involved in theatre for twelve years. This is her first show with Secondary Characters and she is thrilled to be stepping into the role of Lisa. Harriet’s past credits include Katherine Plumber in Newsies (Windsor House), Heather Duke in Heathers (Windsor House), Ren McCormack in Footloose (Tes Theater), and many more. Harriet has loved working with this phenomenal cast and crew and hopes you enjoy the show.

Ann Matterson

Ali

Ann is a Vancouver-based choreographer, singer, performer, and performing arts teacher majoring in jazz and contemporary voice at Vancouver Community College. She is very excited to be making her Secondary Characters debut as choreographer on the production team, and as Ali in the production. Ann has been involved in various productions across the Lower Mainland since moving here in 2009. Most recently, she has been on the choreography team for Spamalot and Robinson Crusoe (White Rock Players Club), and Little Shop Of Horrors (Delta Secondary Theatre Company), as well as performing with White Rock Players Club in each. Previously, she has been involved in performances with Delta Youth Theatre (Elf, The Little Mermaid, Willy Wonka, Mary Poppins, Music Man) and Delta Secondary Theatre Company (Grease, Aladdin, Great American Musical Disaster, Urinetown). Previous choreography works include Oliver and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Delta Secondary Theatre Company). She would like to thank her parents for the endless support and hopes you enjoy the show.

Michael Kirk

Pepper

Michael is very excited to be joining the cast of Mamma Mia this summer. Michael has been performing for most of his life starring in roles such as Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Lord Farquaad in Shrek: The Musical, and Kristoff in Frozen: The Musical, but this is his first production with Secondary Characters. Michael has recently found a love for choreography. He started choreographing last year for Delta Youth Theatre’s production of Matilda, and most recently assisted Ann Matterson in this production of Mamma Mia! Michael would like to thank his friends and family for the endless support and hopes you enjoy the show!

Josh Power

Eddie

This is Josh’s third show with Secondary Characters. His previous credits with Secondary Characters were The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 2018, and Elf: The Musical in 2019. He is thrilled to be doing live theatre again and hopes you enjoy the show.

Ralph Verhagen

Father Alexandrios

Ralph is thrilled to be involved in Secondary Characters' production of Mamma Mia! For Ralph, it’s been a while since his performances in Elf: The Musical, The Music Man, Oliver, For Groom The Bell Tolls, and Bye Bye Birdie, so returning to live musical theatre has been wonderful. Ralph has found the enthusiasm and energy of the cast and crew to be invigorating and catchy. In addition to theatre, Ralph also sings in the chorus of the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra, which restarts this fall after a long hiatus due to covid. Ralph finds virtual theatre and concerts to be okay, but the live music of the performances is magic.

Madeline McCulloch

Ensemble

Madeline is 21 years old and is going into her final year of the Elementary Teacher Education Program at the University of Victoria. This is her third production with Secondary Characters, as she had roles in both The Wizard of Oz and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. She is very excited to be back on the stage and would like to thank her family and friends for supporting her! Have a great show everyone!

Kimberly Iversen

Ensemble

This is Kimberly’s third production with Secondary Characters, having previously appeared in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Elf: The Musical. Kimberly’s other credits within the community include Anne of Green Gables: The Musical and Urinetown. Outside of theatre, she enjoys playing the flute, stitching embroidery, and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

Jennifer Stevens

Ensemble

Originally from Vancouver Island, Jennifer has participated in many community theatre productions over the years. Notably playing one of the lead characters, Tess in The Lottery. Most recently, Jennifer's biggest role has been mother to her two sons Christian and Isaac with her husband Graeme. Jennifer is thrilled to be stepping back into the world of musical theatre and to be a part of this production.

Laura Madsen

Ensemble

Laura began pursuing her musical interests through classical piano but finds being a part of vocal harmonies infinitely varied and exhilarating. She has enjoyed acting in productions of Snow White (Chilliwack Players Guild), Guys and Dolls and HMS Pinafore with Judy Russell in Prince George, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Secondary Characters), and in the chorus of Susanna (Denman Island Baroque Festival). In the past few years, she has enjoyed singing a cappella with the Green Mountain Quintet and is currently part of Paula Quick’s Philharmonic Chorus. Laura is thrilled to be part of Secondary Characters’ production of Mamma Mia, and hopes the joy and energy of this production will make you want to hug the people you love and sing all the way home!

Envy Malloway

Ensemble

Envy is thrilled to be performing in their second production with Secondary Characters, having previously performed in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and to be doing hair and make-up for the show. In high school, Envy performed in Aladdin, The Christmas Carol, and Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. Envy first became interested in musical theatre when they saw Secondary Characters’ production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Envy would like to thank Secondary Characters for the opportunity to partake in another production, and they hope to learn even more about musical theatre in future shows.

Creative Team

Steffi Munshaw

Director/Costume Designer

A self-confessed student for life, Steffi holds a Diploma in Theatre Performance from Douglas College, a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a Major in Theatre Performance from the School of Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, and a Bachelor of Education with a Minor in Environmental Education also from SFU. When not moonlighting as a children’s theatre director, Steffi spends her days teaching grade 4/5 for Squiala First Nation.

A prolific educator, Steffi has spent many years teaching theatre to youth in Chilliwack, the Fraser Valley, and as far away as Nunavut. Steffi has performed all over the Fraser Valley with Secondary Characters, Chilliwack Musical Theatre, the Chilliwack School of Performing Arts, the Fraser Valley Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Douglas College, Simon Fraser University, the University of the Fraser Valley, Troika Collective, and 591 Productions. Some of her favourite onstage performance credits include Jo (Little Women, Secondary Characters Musical Theatre), Maria (West Side Story, Chilliwack Musical Theatre), and Alice (the Alice, SFU School for Contemporary Arts). Performing everything from classics to contemporaries and from opera to absurdism, Steffi loves creating newly imagined works of art.

In what little spare time she has left, Steffi also loves working backstage in theatre having stage managed, dramaturged, artistic directed, directed, musical directed, and designed many shows in both Chilliwack and Vancouver. Recently, she has directed for Secondary Characters Musical Theatre including The Wizard of Oz and The Last Five Years which had a successful remount at both the RickRack in the ‘Wack Festival and the Harrison Festival of the Arts. Steffi is resident production manager for Secondary Characters Musical Theatre and most recently set/props/costume designed and assistant directed their July 2018 production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Paula Quick

Vocal Director

Bio coming soon!

Ann Matterson

Choreographer

Ann is a Vancouver-based choreographer, singer, performer, and performing arts teacher majoring in jazz and contemporary voice at Vancouver Community College. She is very excited to be making her Secondary Characters debut as choreographer on the production team, and as Ali in the production. Ann has been involved in various productions across the Lower Mainland since moving here in 2009. Most recently, she has been on the choreography team for Spamalot and Robinson Crusoe (White Rock Players Club), and Little Shop Of Horrors (Delta Secondary Theatre Company), as well as performing with White Rock Players Club in each. Previously, she has been involved in performances with Delta Youth Theatre (Elf, The Little Mermaid, Willy Wonka, Mary Poppins, Music Man) and Delta Secondary Theatre Company (Grease, Aladdin, Great American Musical Disaster, Urinetown). Previous choreography works include Oliver and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Delta Secondary Theatre Company). She would like to thank her parents for the endless support and hopes you enjoy the show.

Michael Quaglia

Stage Manager

Michael is an undergraduate in the Bachelor of Science program at UFV and plans to pursue a career in zoology. Michael also works at the Greater Vancouver Zoo as a merchandising representative. Michael has assisted as a stagehand in Bye Bye Birdie (Newbury Art Concepts), For Groom the Bell Tolls (Richard Ogilvie), and The Music Man (Newbury Art Concepts). In recent years, Michael has stage managed for Secondary Characters’ productions of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Michael would like to thank his family for their continued support, and Steffi and Shelley for the opportunity to stage manage another Secondary Characters production.

Shannon Goldsmith

Conductor

Shannon is the Music Director of the Cascadia Wind Ensemble and was previously the Conductor of the Abbotsford Concert Band. She plays French Horn with the Chilliwack Metropolitan Orchestra and the Fraser Valley Symphony Orchestra. Before moving to Chilliwack 20 years ago, she played with various bands and orchestras in Regina and conducted the Poltava Ensemble of Song, Music, and Dance. Shannon first became interested in musical theatre while attending high school, and has had the opportunity to play in the pit orchestra for many musicals. She has participated in several Secondary Characters' productions, most notably as the Orchestra Director for The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Although she spends a lot of time on musical endeavours, Shannon makes her living as a management consultant with her own company, Canatech Management Services Inc.

Darren Burkett

Set/Lighting Designer

Darren is thrilled to be on the other side of the stage with Secondary Characters’ Mamma Mia! Darren has been doing lighting and set design for 15 years for various dance schools and theatre programs around the lower mainland, and he is thrilled to be able to stretch those muscles further with this amazing production. As an actor, he has worked across Canada with such theatre companies as Stage West Theatre, Drayton Entertainment, Canadian Opera Company, The Ross Petty Panto, Globe Theatre, Western Canada Theatre, Thousand Island Playhouse, The Arts Club, Chemainus Theatre Festival, and Carousel Theatre for Young Audiences. He has also been honoured to have been in the National Tour/Mirvish production of Matilda, the International Tour of Angelina Ballerina, and to have won a Jessie Award for his performance as ‘Snail’ in A Year with Frog and Toad. Many thanks to Shelley and Steffi for this opportunity, and to Hunter, and his family and friends for their never ending love and support!

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