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Dressing up . . . Derryn Toomey (left) and Pat Gunn unload costumes that will be used in Mamma Mia! PHOTO: TYSON YOUNG

Things are starting to get serious.

Props and costumes have arrived, and Musical Theatre Oamaru’s production of Mamma Mia! is heading into the final stages of pre-production.

Musical Theatre NZ Consortium costume manager Derryn Toomey was thrilled to be in Oamaru last weekend to formally handed over the finery to the MTO group.

“It’s really exciting for me, when I first deliver the costumes, because it’s the first hard material they’ve got to deal with,” Ms Toomey said.

The ensemble arrived in shipping containers from Ashburton, where it had been used in that town’s production of Mamma Mia! several weeks ago.

Ms Toomey has been involved with the production since it started touring the country in 2014.

The Oamaru show was a particularly special milestone because it would be the final Mamma Mia! show of the season.

“It’s really sad – it’s been a big part of my life for the last four and a-half years,” she said.

Like the shows before it, Ms Toomey believed the Oamaru production would be a smash hit.

“It will be a success – it’s been a success all around the country,” she said.

Mamma Mia! wardrobe manager Pat Gunn was ecstatic the costumes had finally arrived in Oamaru.

“It’s a proud moment,” she said.

It was good to finally get the costumes because it allowed performers to immerse themselves into the characters they would be playing.

For Mrs Gunn and the rest of the costume department, the majority of the upcoming weeks would be spent fitting every actor into their costumes.

Mamma Mia! plays at the Oamaru Opera House from July 13 to July 21.