Kids Go Behind the Scenes of 'Mamma Mia!' with Inside Broadway
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Kids in the audience shielded their eyes in delight as the show’s stage manager put on a colorful light show.
Next, Andy Felton, the production’s stage manager, impressed the children with light and sound demonstrations, introduced the band and crew, and had the students yell “Abbacadabra!” in order to “magically” disassemble the stage before their eyes.
The students got a chance to ask the actors and crew questions during the Q&A part of the program. They wanted to know how long it takes to get ready for a show, what happens when a cast member gets sick, and how the crew members got their start in theater. One young aspiring actress, a seventh-grader named Keira from Brooklyn’s Marine Park Junior High School, asked Felton how the crew moved the different parts of the stage during the show (Felton admitted he used cues, not magic).
“I love the music and the play so much…I loved it all!” Kiera said after the workshop. “I think I would want to be on Broadway someday, doing musicals like this.”