GERING — The Gering High School music department performed the musical “Mamma Mia!” April 11-13 after two months of rehearsals.

Students spent many late evenings in the GHS auditorium rehearsing their lines and songs and learning how they interacted with their fellow cast members. With the guidance Shelly Muggli and Andy Stobel, the students presented an entertaining and funny musical for their audiences.

Despite the Mamma Mia! cast of 40 students, everyone showed their acting and vocal talent through strong characters and a variety of musical numbers to tell the story of Sophie Sheridan’s search for her dad to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day. While the search revealed a wild past for her mother Donna and added to Donna’s stress when she saw Harry, Bill and Sam, the relationship between mother and daughter strengthened and helped both women realize what they wanted for their futures.

Throughout the twists and turns of Sophie’s search for a father, the power of lifelong friendships and family proved true through the end. Donna’s friends Rosie Mulligan, played by Madison Walker and Tanya Chesham-Leigh, played by Rachel Rawlings supported Donna as she struggled with the thought of her young daughter getting married and then Donna’s decision to get married.

While Sophie and her mother walked down the aisle side-by-side, Sophie and her fiancé Sky realized they wanted to explore the world on their own terms and decided to call off the wedding. To the shock of the guests, another wedding was about to begin as Sam and Donna recited their vows.

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Lauren Brant is a reporter with the Star-Herald and the Gering Courier. Contact her at 308-632-9043 or by email at

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