Mamma Mia! | September 20 - October 20
“It's impossible not to fall for Mamma Mia!’s twinkling charms” - TimeOut London
Music and Lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson | Book by Catherine Johnson
About The Show
Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes, including intermission
Here we go again! Join us on an uproarious adventure along the iridescent blue seas of the Greek Isles.
On the eve of her wedding day, Sophie seeks to discover the father she never knew, bringing three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last set foot on 20 years ago.
What follows is an unforgettable story full of lively dance numbers, non-stop laughs, and ABBA’s iconic, toe-tapping hits. One of the longest-running shows in Broadway history, you won’t want to miss this feel-good celebration of love, laughter, and friendship.
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Katrina is a San Francisco native who graduated from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. Previous Berkeley Playhouse credits include Dragon in Shrek The Musical. Other credits include Marie in Fiorello! (42nd St. Moon), Bird Woman / Miss. Andrew in Mary Poppins (SF Playhouse), Ms. Myers / Alexandra Daniels in Freaky Friday (Center Rep), Ms. Shields in A Christmas Story (SF Playhouse), Armelia in Ain't Misbehavin' (42nd St. Moon), Sour Kangaroo in Seussical (Bay Area Musicals), She Loves Me (San Francisco Playhouse), BJ in Smokey Joe's Cafe (Town Hall Theatre Co.), Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors (Ray of Light Theater), Kate in Zanna, Don’t! (NCTC), Dynamite in Hairspray (Woodminster Theater and PCPA Theaterfest), Motormouth Mabel in Hairspray (Allenberry Playhouse), Abuela Claudia in In the Heights (Cohos Music Hall), Trixy / Phantom in The Rocky Horror Show (Merchants Hall and A.C.T's Strand Theater), and Dionne in Hair (Bay Area Musicals). Follow her on Instagram @kramgram
Melinda is a HUGE ABBA fan and has loved Mamma Mia! since its US debut in San Francisco in 2000. She is over the moon to now be playing Tanya! She was last seen on the Berkeley Playhouse stage as Grace Farrell in Annie. Various theatre credits: Flower Drum Song (Madame Rita Liang), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Muzzy Van Hossmere), A Chorus Line (Diana Morales), Man of La Mancha (Aldonza), The King and I (Lady Thiang), South Pacific (Bloody Mary, Shellie Award Winner), and many more! TV: Chance with Hugh Laurie, Film: Americana (2016), All Day & A Night (2019). Proud SAG/AFTRA member! Love to Todd - thank you for the music!
Jill is thrilled that BPH "took a chance" on her to play Rosie in Mamma Mia! Past roles: Sister Mary Martin of Tours in Sister Act at Berkeley Playhouse, Georgie in The Full Monty at Contra Costa Musical Theatre (Shellie Award Outstanding supporting actress), 14 different Broadway divas in Forbidden Broadway at OMG! Productions (Shellie nomination), and Joanne in Company at Town Hall Theatre. Her day job is VP of Education, Americas for Benefit Cosmetics in San Francisco. She lives in Alameda, with her hot husband, Erin, hilarious 13 year-oldson, Edison & needy French Bulldog, Clarabell. Follow Jill for all the fun on Instagram @jilltt #rollerskatingvp
Chanel is elated to return to the Berkeley Playhouse stage after appearing in Dreamgirls (Michelle Morris) and Ragtime (Ensemble). Other recent credits include Hairspray (Dynamite / Detention Kid; Bay Area Musicals), Matilda (Acrobat / Ensemble; Contra Costa Musical Theatre), Mamma Mia! (Lisa; Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre), and In the Heights (Vanessa; Plethos Productions). Chanel studied Communication, Theatre, and Music Industry at the University of Southern California, where she performed with UnderSCore A Cappella for three years. She can now be seen performing all over the Bay Area, and thanks her friends and family, especially her mother, for their constant love and support.
LISA / ENSEMBLE
Claire Noelle Pearson
Claire is delighted to be making her debut at Berkeley Playhouse! Recent credits include Hairspray (Bay Area Musicals), Sister Act (Theater Rhinoceros), and Tartuffe (UC Berkeley Theater Department). In May, she graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a double major in Theater and Performances Studies and English. She sends love and thanks to her family and friends. OPA!
ALI / ENSEMBLE
Jennifer synonymous with professionalism and creativity, began her performing arts career at the age of 12. She has studied abroad and during her high school years found her love for the arts as a whole. She takes pride in the title “triple threat”. She’s been seen singing, dancing, and acting in various show such as Little Shop of Horrors (Skyline High School) Dreamgirls and Crowns (Ivory Arts Inc) Ain't Misbehavin' (Solano College Theater), Sister Act, and Dreamgirls (Berkeley Playhouse). She is thrilled to be in her third production at Berkeley Playhouse.
Brendan is grateful and so excited to be at Berkeley Playhouse again. Other Berkeley Playhouse credits: Pippin (Charlemagne), Born and Raised (Connor), Singin’ In the Rain (Don Lockwood), It’s a Wonderful Life (Clarence), and Once On This Island (Daniel). Regional credits include shows at San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, SHN/Walden Media, Shotgun Players, 42nd Street Moon, Playhouse Merced, Crowded Fire Theatre Company, Word For Word, Best of Playground, and many more. Brendan is the Learning and Development Lead for Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre Northern California, an alumnus of the inaugural Teaching Artist Training Program at Lincoln Center Education in New York, and a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association.
Matt is so pleased to be back at Berkeley Playhouse with this wonderful team and staff! Matt previously appeared at Berkeley Playhouse as Will Conklin / Henry Ford in Ragtime, Officer Lockstock in Urinetown (TBA nomination), and King Triton in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Other favorite past roles include Harold in The Full Monty with Contra Costa Musical Theater, Max in The Andrews Brothers with Lucky Penny Productions, and Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar with Tri-Valley Repertory. Matt wishes to thank the staff at Berkeley Playhouse for their hard work and dedication, and his amazing wife, Becky, for being his rock and number one fangirl!
Ryan is honored to have joined the Berkeley Playhouse family last Spring as the director for Big, The Musical, and is now thrilled to be on the Julia Morgan stage himself! Recent directing credits: Saturday Night (42nd Street Moon) and In The Heights (Contra Costa Civic Theatre). Recent acting credits: Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady, and Herbie in Gypsy! (Contra Costa Civic Theatre). Ryan will be directing The Pajama Game at 42nd Street Moon this Spring and is proud to teach theatre at Bentley School. He would like to thank his parents, daughter Ellie, the director, and the entire BPH family for their loving support.
Jackson is thrilled for his debut performance at Berkeley Playhouse. Other Bay Area roles include Pascal in Gravity, A New (Tonian) Musical, Marcus in Tinderella with Custom Made / Faultline Theater Companies (SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle 2019 nomination) and Ginger in Pickpocket with Musical Cafe at PianoFight. As a vocalist, Jackson has appeared on NBC's The Sing-Off with a.squared, on Cape Cod with Hyannis Sound, and around the globe with both The Whiffenpoofs and The Duke's Men of Yale.
PEPPER / ENSEMBLE
Scott is pleased to return to Berkeley Playhouse after making his debut as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz last season. He achieved his BA in Theatrical Performance from San Francisco State University, as a transfer from California State University, Fullerton. Past credits: Corny Collin in Hairspray (Bay Area Musicals), Reuben in Joseph and the...Dreamcoat (Broadway By the Bay), Swing in Sunday...Park with George (San Francisco Playhouse), Joey Primo in Rock of Ages (Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre), Brian in Avenue Q (New Conservatory Theatre Center). Next up, Scott will return to San Francisco Playhouse for the regional premiere of Groundhog Day this winter. When not onstage, Scott works as an Executive Assistant in San Francisco and is an advocate for mental health awareness. www.scotttaylor-cole.com
EDDIE / ENSEMBLE
Connor is thrilled to be making his Berkeley Playhouse debut. This year, you may have seen him in Pacific Coast Reparatory Theatre’s production of Mamma Mia! in February and Matilda with Contra Costa Musical Theatre in the spring. He would like to thank his friends and family for their continued support.
FATHER ALEXANDRIOS / ENSEMBLE
Billy most recently performed at Berkeley Playhouse as Uncle Henry / Guard in The Wizard of Oz and as Drake in Annie. Recent performances include Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls and Ali Hakim in Oklahoma at Altarena Playhouse, Piraguerro in In the Heights at CCCT, and George in Billy Eliot at Berkeley Playhouse. Other Bay Area performances include Smee in Peter Pan at Berkeley Playhouse, Tall Brother in The Drowsy Chaperone, Louie in Lost in Yonkers, Marvin in Bleacher Bums, and Wilson in Harvey at CCCT, Sir Toby in Twelfth Night and Chebutykin in Kill the Debbie Downers at Shotgun Players, Zeller in The Sound of Music and Charlie Cowell in The Music Man at CCMT, and Audrey II Puppeteer in Little Shop of Horrors at Ray of Light Theater. He also performed in Godspell and Rent at Pinole Community Players, Gypsy at Downtown Theatre, and La Cage aux Folles at Bay Area Musicals. He would like to thank Megan for all the love and support.
FEATURED DANCER / ENSEMBLE
Ronald is overjoyed to be making his Berkeley Playhouse debut. Dubbed “Prince of the Ensemble”, some favorite credits include Fender in Hairspray (Bay Area Musicals), Reggie / Future Son / British Artist / Man #2 in First Date (Pinole Community Players), as well as Featured Dancer / Ensemble tracks in Matilda (Contra Costa Musical Theatre) In the Heights (Contra Costa Civic Theatre), and Hairspray (Diablo Valley College). He would like to thank Lisa Drummond and Enrico Banson for always believing in him, his friends for their unconditional support, and his daddy for being a constant source of inspiration. For updates on the life and times of Ronald James, follow him on Instagram and Twitter @ronald_james
Tiana is thrilled to be back onstage at Berkeley Playhouse! You may remember her from Berkeley Playhouse’s productions of Big, The Musical, Dreamgirls, and Tarzan. Some of her other stage credits include Soul Singer / Herod Dancer in Jesus Christ Superstar (Tri-Valley Repertory Theater), Ms. Smythe / Ensemble in Mary Poppins (Tri-Valley Repertory Theater), and Meg March in Little Women (The Peter Pan Foundation). Tiana would like to thank her family and friends for putting up with her crazy schedule and helping her through life. She hopes that you enjoy the show. Love you, Kevin.
Daniel is excited to return to the Berkeley Playhouse stage. Previous Berkeley Playhouse productions include: Disney’s Tarzan, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Addams Family, Hairspray, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, and Mary Poppins and will also be in A Christmas Story the Musical. He has also performed with Lucky Penny Productions, 42nd Street Moon, Broadway By the Bay, The Mountain Play, The Pennisula Symphony, Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre, Ray of Light Theatre, Contra Costa Civic Theatre, Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre, and Masquers Playhouse. He is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.
FEATURED DANCER / ENSEMBLE
Crystal is grateful to be returning to Berkeley Playhouse for her 2nd show (previously in West Side Story)! Favorite credits include Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (National Tour) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (U.S. premiere, La Jolla Playhouse). She’s choreographed various productions and won Best Choreography at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (2013, 2014). Crystal studied Dance, Theatre, and Psychology at UC San Diego, and Musical Theatre at Collaborative Arts Project 21 (New York). Crystal works full-time at a design startup and teaches yoga on the side. Thanks to the fam, tribe, friends, and Figmates for their endless support. Namaste. itscrystalcole. weebly.com
Alyssa is thrilled to be back for her fourth show with Berkeley Playhouse! Some of her recent credits include Uzo / By My Side in Godspell (Diablo Valley College), Ensemble in Grease, and Francisca in West Side Story at Berkeley Playhouse. She would like to thank her amazing friends and family for their constant support and she hopes you enjoy the show!
Miko is thrilled to return to Berkeley Playhouse after being seen as Atina in The Little Mermaid and Ensemble in Peter Pan. She has trained in many different dance styles including Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theater, Hula, and Tahitian. She received her B.A in Dance from San Francisco State University. Most recently, she was seen in Flower Drum Song (Palo Alto Players), Saturday Night Fever (Broadway by the Bay) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Contra Costa Musical Theater). Other favorite roles and shows include Bebe in A Chorus Line (SFSU), and Estella in West Side Story (Broadway by the Bay).
Diella is thrilled to be making her Berkeley Playhouse debut! Theatre credits include CenterREP’s A Christmas Carol, CCMT’s Grease, Gypsy, The Music Man, The Sound of Music, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sunset Boulevard, Oklahoma, Evita, Cinderella, Guys and Dolls, Beauty and the Beast, South Pacific, Anything Goes, and A Chorus Line, FFAE’s Robin Hood, DTC’s Guys and Dolls and Annie, and TVRT’s The Sound of Music. She has also performed in numerous Mountain Plays and College of Marin productions. Much love and gratitude to her family.