Mamma Mia! coming to Campbelltown theatre

Picture: Christina Donoghue
Picture: Christina Donoghue

You can dance, you can jive - you can head to Campbelltown Town Hall Theatre this month for a full ABBA experience.

The Campbelltown Theatre Group will kick off their latest feel-good on Friday, February 14 with Mamma Mia!, the hugely popular ABBA musical.

The opening of Mamma Mia! will mark a full-circle moment for the leading men and women of the theatre group.

Local childcare worker Nicole Britten was overjoyed to secure the important role of Donna (played by Meryl Streep in the 2008 movie and its 2018 sequel).

"I just cried," she said.

"ABBA has meant so much to me and our family.

"It just really meant a lot."

Britten and fellow cast member Jodee Lee, who plays Tanya (Christine Baranski in the film), realised they both attended the same ABBA concert back in 1977 at the Sydney Showground.

The pair, both children at the time, remember hard rain, and concert-goers sinking into the ground.

"I was only about six years old and my brother Lee, who was 10 years old than me, put me up on his shoulders for the whole show," Britten said.

It was a similar situation for Lee, who was hoisted up on her dad's shoulders.

"I remember it had been raining so much that [ABBA singer] Anni-Frid fell down," she said.

Now, almost 43 years after that fateful concert, Britten and Lee will once again sing the songs of Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus - but this time they'll be on the Campbelltown Town Hall Theatre stage.

Mamma Mia! is the feel-good jukebox musical that tells the story of Donna and her daughter Sophie.

Set on an island in Greece for Sophie's wedding, the story sees three of her mother's former paramours (all possible fathers) converge on the party after the bride find's their names in Donna's diary.

Mammia Mia! is fit for the whole family.

It will be played on Fridays and Saturdays from February 14 to March 9 - dancing in the aisles is encouraged.