Iowa Lakes Announces Cast For Spring Musical: Mama Mia!

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(Estherville, Iowa) The Music Department at Iowa Lakes Community College has announced the cast for the upcoming community production of Mamma Mia! The show will feature more than forty actors and actresses, including Iowa Lakes Community College students and adults and children from northwest Iowa and Minnesota. In addition, the performance will feature a complete pit orchestra comprised of Iowa Lakes Community College students and community members providing live music.

“The cast is a wonderful mix of seasoned performers as well as brand new talent taking the stage for the first time,” said Carol Ayres, Iowa Lakes Professor of Music. “We had many talented singers and actors audition for this musical. We are fortunate to live in an area that has such a wealth of incredible performers!”

Mamma Mia!, a musical based on songs by the Swedish pop group ABBA, has been seen by over 65 million people worldwide in more than 440 major cities. The legendary musical features upbeat music centered on love in the modern age, which can sometimes be complicated.

Set on a small Greek island, Sophie Sheridan, played by Iowa Lakes student Isabel Nichols of Graettinger, is getting married soon. Her dream is to have her father walk her down the aisle. The problem? Sophie does not know who her father is! Her mother, Donna Sheridan, played by Iowa Lakes alumni Serena Lynch of Estherville, is the former lead singer of a 1970s group, “Donna and the Dynamos,” and refuses to talk about her past.

Finding her mother’s diary, Sophie discovers she has three possible fathers: Sam, performed by Iowa Lakes alumni Nick Steinle of Estherville, Harry, played by Iowa Lakes Spanish Professor Michael Nichols of Graettinger, and Bill, represented by Iowa Lakes alumni Doug Stueven of Spirit Lake. She secretly invites them all to the wedding, convinced she will know her father when she meets him.

Also invited to the wedding are bridesmaids, Ali, played by Iowa Lakes student Haley Hallengren of Milford, and Lisa, performed by Iowa Lakes student Vanessa Reardon of Spencer. And of course, the other Dynamos singers are invited: Tanya, played by Iowa Lakes alumni Mindy Truong of Spirit Lake, and Rosie, performed by Iowa Lakes alumni Lorie Irwin of Estherville.

Sky, the groom, is played by Iowa Lakes student Will Block of Spirit Lake. The groomsmen are Pepper, played by Iowa Lakes student Kaleb Burbridge of Spirit Lake, and Eddie, performed by Iowa Lakes student Cole Danner of Estherville. Other friends of Sky’s, involved in the wedding festivities, are played by Iowa Lakes students from Estherville, Camden McKenney, Marcus Dykstra, John Tiller, Blake Bixby, and Cullen Bixby.

Other noteworthy cast members are Liz Bixby, Ebba Bjornstad, Reagan Clabuagh, Natalie Henriksen, Josephine Kapinga, Vanessa Mouw, Aila Nowlin, Zane Poss, Hailey Schneider, Jessica Strom, Lily Strom, Madalen Strom, David Swanson, and Katy Wilson.

Mamma Mia! is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI at

Mamma Mia! will be performed on April 7, 8, & 9 in the Janice K. Lund Performing Arts Center on the Estherville Campus at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets for the performances, visit

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