Mamma Mia! - that show again?

16:00, Feb 04 2014
Mamma Mia
SUPER TROUPERS: Minouk Van der Velde, third from left, plays Tanya in the all-Auckland cast of smash-hit musical Mamma Mia!

The lucky winners of a double pass to see the hit musical Mamma Mia! can expect "dancing in the aisles", says one of its all-Auckland cast.

"That's what Abba music does, it sweeps you off your feet," says Greenhithe resident Minouk Van der Velde, who plays Tanya, best buddy to star character Donna.

From March 4 audiences at the Civic Theatre will enjoy a hit-parade of Abba songs including Dancing Queen, Thank You for the Music, SOS and of course the title track, Mamma Mia.

A mother of two, Ms Van der Velde, is excited to get back on stage after devoting time to raising her family.

She gets to play a raunchy, fun-loving character.

"Tanya's the character that couldn't be further from myself, she's a bit of a cougar with men. As long as they're extremely wealthy or fun she'll take anyone."


Tanya, and fellow ex Donna and The Dynamos bandmate Rosie, played by Jackie Clark, provide the musical's lighter moments.

The duo help Donna "pick up the pieces" of her life and get through an event guaranteed to stress most parents.

Mamma Mia! tells the story of Donna and her daughter Sophie, who travel to the Greek island of Kalokairi for Sophie's wedding.

Years before, an amorous summer on Kalokairi saw Sophie conceived, but Donna doesn't quite know who the father is.

But all three likely contenders show up for the wedding, setting the audience up for an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.

"Come along, it's going to be fun full stop," Ms Van der Velde says.


Western Leader readers can be in to win a double pass to Mamma Mia!, which starts on March 4. Email your name, address and a day time phone number to with Mamma Mia! in the subject line.

Or post your details to Mamma Mia!, Western Leader, Private Bag 21 167, Henderson 0650. Entries close at 10am on February 20.

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