The dancing queens took the lead, but the dancing princes and
princesses stole the show at the Regent Theatre yesterday.
More than 300 Dunedin schoolchildren were taken through the
steps of award-winning musical Mamma Mia! by
principals Ali Harper, Megan Martin and Harriet Moir.
The children also had the opportunity to give the performers
some stage fright, with a barrage of curly questions.
''Why do you dress like that?'' asked one.
''Why do you like to dance so much?'' demanded another.
''Why do you like sparkles?'' questioned another.
Music and performing were all about having fun, the leads
''Singing and dancing makes you feel great,'' Moir said.
Harper revealed that she was a similar age to the children
when she started singing and dancing.
''I told my headmaster at school that I wanted to be a famous
singer,'' she revealed.
''If you love singing and dancing, this is the time to do
The spellbound audience of Maori Hill, Kavanagh College
intermediate, Andersons Bay School and kindergarten pupils
spent an hour twisting and shouting to Abba hits with the
''We're putting Mamma Mia! on with the Taieri Musical
Society and it's part of the society's charter and
constitution to encourage young people to get involved in
musicals,'' producer Doug Kamo said.
''A lot of these children wouldn't have had the opportunity
to see something like this before.''
Mamma Mia! is on at the Regent Theatre until Saturday.