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Curtains finally rise for Mamma Mia

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Two years, and two season postponements due to COVID, it's finally time for the curtain to rise for Encore Theatre Company's production of Mamma Mia.

Taking over Launceston's Princess Theatre from October 22 to November 6, director Danny Gibson says there's an excited atmosphere among the cast and crew.

"It's opening night and we are so excited," he said.

"After two years of preparations, we finally get to meet our audience this evneing ahead of a three month season.

"It's definitely surreal as we head into opening night, it's been such a long time coming."

Mr Gibson said despite this, it felt like any ordinary opening night.

"With lots of excitement, lots of nerves, and this eager anticipation to show our work with an audience," he said.

"What I think all members of the company are looking forward to is sharing their work with an audience - we've been rehearsing in a hall and the opportunity to hear applause, to hear laughter, to see people enjoying our work is what live theatre is all about.

"Tonight, for the very first time that will happen and we just can't wait."

Mr Gibson described the show as being jam packed with ABBA favourites.

"There'll be opportunities to sing along, there'll be opportunities to quietly reflect, there might even be a tear in some of the tender moments.

I think this is a joyous story, the opportunity for us to really take stock of how far we've come over the last 18 months - it's a celebration of joy and it's a true testament to what can be achieved when a group of volunteers work hard to bring something to life."

Tickets are selling fast, but are available on the Theatre North website.

Image: Encore Theatre Company Facebook/Taken by Ross Marsden - featuring Sophie Clark, Lisa Thomas, Nikia Breen