April 2021 Carmel, it\u2019s that time of year again, and yes\u2014this year\u2019s Carmel High School (CHS) spring musical is going to be performed LIVE on May 6\u20137 at 7 p.m. and May 8 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Dale E. Graham Auditorium at CHS! This will be the Carmel High School Performing Arts Department\u2019s first live performance for an in-person audience since the pandemic commenced last year. Bring Your Inner \u201cDancing Queen\u201d to the Show! This year\u2019s production will feature 45 student actors and over 50 crew members. They are going all-out with production values too, as the set and costume designs are modeled after the Broadway production. The show ran in New York for 14 years, and now Carmel High School is thrilled to bring the show to Central Indiana. The storytelling magic of ABBA\u2019s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, nonstop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make \u201cMamma Mia!\u201d a must-see production. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you\u2019ll never forget! A Round of Applause to Our Kids! Assistant Director of Choirs and Spring Musical Director Anna DeBard is incredibly proud of the cast and crew for the level of commitment and heart they are all pouring into this year\u2019s production. She and the student actors and crew are elated to be performing in front of 700 people per show, so let\u2019s show them our appreciation and SELL THESE SHOWS OUT! \u201cIt\u2019s limited to 700 , which is actually great compared to the 200-person limit back in early January,\u201d DeBard expressed. \u201cWith four performances we have an opportunity to get more of the community in and not just limit it to parents and family. It is very much a first-come, first-serve basis though!\u201d Unfortunately, due to copyright issues, this production of \u201cMamma Mia!\u201d cannot be recorded or livestreamed. DeBard added, \u201cTickets are currently on sale at the Carmel Choirs\u2019 website.\u201d Audiences will be enthralled by the level of entertainment and professionalism that the cast and crew will exude in these performances. Anyone who has attended a musical presented by CHS already knows that it rivals a professional company\u2019s production, and even I, who\u2019ve attended Broadway productions, have forgotten that I was watching a high school musical and have been blown away at every show that I\u2019ve attended in the last several years at CHS. DeBard shared her thoughts on the cast and crew\u2019s commitment to putting on the best show possible this May. \u201cThe cast and crew, everyone really, is just hungry to be doing something and hungry to be putting on something that is community-based,\u201d DeBard stated. \u201cNot only is it an incredibly talented cast, crew and directing staff, there\u2019s also this overwhelming desire to get back to some level of \u2018normalcy,\u2019 and I think that\u2019s driving a lot of the kids as well as us directors.\u201d The Show Goes On and the Magic Happens The set is very similar to the \u201cMamma Mia!\u201d tour set for those devout fans who are familiar with it. \u201cAndrew Okerson, our tech director, and his crew have done some amazing thigs,\u201d DeBard shared. \u201cWe\u2019ve got a few surprises as well and are trying to make it as exciting and energetic and as Broadway-based as possible! The students have been working every day for over a month, and we\u2019ve had to fill in more rehearsals than normal because we bumped the date up a week. So, that means we don\u2019t really have much time to sit and relax, but the kids are totally fine with that!\u201d DeBard concluded, \u201cThey\u2019re very self-motivated and self-driven, and it\u2019s great to see that hunger for excellence. The cast and crew are just excited to be interacting with each other again\u2014outside of school and their hybrid cohorts. It\u2019s been really great to see they\u2019re really energetic!\u201d I think it\u2019s safe to say that audiences are every bit as hungry to see live shows in person again and are just as enthusiastic to support the Carmel High School Performing Arts Department, cast and crew! So, visit the website today, give some \u201cMoney, Money, Money\u201d to these super troupers as our way of saying \u201cThank You for the Music\u201d! Tickets are on sale at https:\/\/secure.payk12.com\/school\/Carmel---Performing-Arts\/671. So, get yours before they slip through your fingers!