Brooklyn Hardiman, Megan Brennan and Lauren Loghry rehearse Dancing Queen from Mamma Mia. Photo: Supplied.

Youth shows return to Theatre Royal


Two exciting shows are finally about to burst onto the stage at the Theatre Royal, with its director saying they are guaranteed to bring laughter and merriment to theatre goers of all ages.

Nelson Youth Theatre were two weeks away from opening Mamma Mia and Shrek JR for an Easter holiday season when lockdown happened.

But since Level 2, the casts have been working hard to perfect their roles to bring a mid-winter pick-me-up this July school holidays.

“Mamma Mia is a beautifully crafted musical with a really empowering, funny and heartfelt script”, says the show’s director Richard Carruthers.

“Filled with over 20 of the best ABBA songs.”

Mamma Mia the stage show turned 21 on April 6, and has been playing to full houses in London’s West End for all that time.

“It’s very rare for us to be able to stage a show that is still playing continuously on West End stages,” says Richard.

“But suddenly, with theatres shut down everywhere else, we may be the only place in the world where audiences can see the show.”

A terrific cast of 31 teenagers bring Mamma Mia to life, with beautiful harmonies under the musical direction of experienced choirmaster Melanie Carruthers, and stunning choreography by teenager Alex Jensen, whose past choreography credits include Grease, High School Musical and Chicago.

Shrek JR is an adaptation of the well-loved Disney movie that is sure to bring a load of laughter to family audiences this school holidays. previous Disney JR productions.

Both shows can be booked via the Theatre Royal website, and Mamma Mia runs from July 2 to 11 at 7pm, with Shrek JR playing at 2pm from July 6 to 11.

Nelson Weekly has a double pass for each show to give away. Email [email protected] to enter.