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Show tunes ... Melissa Yockney, of Musical Theatre Oamaru, is excited about the theatre company's production of Mamma Mia!, planned for next year. PHOTO: DANIEL BIRCHFIELD

Musical Theatre Oamaru will soon undertake its biggest production yet in the form of a much-loved musical set to the tunes of arguably the biggest group of the 1970s.

If you haven’t guessed already, it’s Mamma Mia!, featuring music by supergroup ABBA.

Musical Theatre Oamaru committee member Melissa Yockney said an information evening would be held at the Salvation Army Hall on Thames Highway at 7pm on Wednesday, to gauge interest from those who wish to be part of the show as cast or crew members, or musicians.

“It’s purely just to see who’s interested – we feel it might be one of those shows that brings people out of the woodwork like Les Miserables and Cats did.”

Mamma Mia! is the story of Donna and daughter Sophie, who is about to get married in Greece.

Sophie, without her mother’s knowledge, invites three men whom Donna’s diary reveals could have been her father.

Sophie dreams of being given away by her father at her wedding, and believes that after she spends time with them, she will know the identity of her father.

“Of course, it’s the hilarity that ensues as she tries to figure out just who is her father,” Miss Yockney said.

In terms of budget, it will be the largest production MTO has staged in its 61-year history.

It had been made possible as a result of several theatre companies from around the country coming together and sharing resources, Miss Yockney said.

“It’s a consortium show, which means a number of the bigger theatre groups around the country have got together to provide a fully-built set, props and wardrobe which means that for the first time ever, we don’t have to make any of those things.

“We’re using the exact same set that has toured around the country for all of the shows.”

The production’s dates, set for July, were determined by the set’s availability.

“It’s great – it also takes a bit of pressure off us. We’re such a small group and we always rely on the same people to build sets and be in the crew and stuff.”

Auditions are scheduled for February to fill about 30 roles.

Miss Yockney said the production would be one of MTO’s best yet.

“It’ll be really good. It’s a great musical .. you can tap along and sing along to it.”