For this year’s Carnival, Scotch’n’Soda put on a rendition of the musical, Mamma Mia! Both Mamma Mia! films are my personal guilty pleasures, so there wasn’t any way I was going to miss this. I’m happy to say that Scotch’n’Soda’s rendition did not disappoint at all. I spent the whole show tapping and singing along to all the songs, and it was an absolutely great time.
I was impressed at the effort that went into coordinating everything. The choreography was well done, the set was interesting, and the changes were smooth for the most part. The pit was interestingly placed on stage, with the drums located backstage, and the music sounded great. It was impressive that the music stayed on time despite this separation of the drums and the rest of the instruments. My only complaint was that the sound mixing was a bit quiet for the first act. Considering it was the first Thursday show I went to, it is a process of trial and error, and getting the right mix is difficult to figure out. It seems like they were receptive of this, and the mix got much better during the second half.
The cast was all stellar. Ayda Ozdoganlar and Hannah Cornish as Sophie and Donna, respectively, were my favorite part of the whole show. Every time they were on stage, they had a commanding presence with their singing and performances. That’s not to say no one else had their moments, but I was the most engaged with the show whenever the focus was on them.
I would imagine that some of the cast weren’t singers, but they all did good work with the material. There were some hilarious one-liners from a lot of the supporting cast, solidified by really good delivery. I watched the show with a friend, and we laughed for a solid minute at the Oedipus joke. Everyone looked like they were having a great time, and the packed audience was really hyped for every moment of it.
All in all, Mamma Mia! was really fun and I’m glad that I caught this amongst the whirlwind of activities during Carnival. This was my first Scotch’n’Soda performance I’ve been to, and it’s unfortunate that I haven’t been to any others yet. After this, I will definitely be checking out anything they do in the future.