Mamma Mia! Roles Performed by Mother and Daughter

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Mamma Mia! Roles Performed by Mother and Daughter

Published: June 20, 2019.

There are plenty of sub-plots that swirl and weave around the crowd-pleasing ABBA musical "Mamma Mia!" which hits Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) on July 19-21 and July 25-28, and tickets go on sale June 24. Who's Sophie's real father? Will Donna reunite with one of her old boyfriends? And just who is the "Dancing Queen"?

OK, that's not really a mystery, but one of the things that makes this musical resonant with fans beyond the Swedish group's iconic '70s pop tunes is the mother-daughter bond that is displayed by characters, Donna and her daughter, Sophie. It's the emotional core of the story.

Olivia Gerk and daughter Elena Gerk both reside in New Lenox and enjoy spending time together. They also share a love for performing, particularly shows at the PLT. Elena performed in last summer’s production of “The Little Mermaid,” and Olivia was last seen on the PLT in “Chicago” performing the role of Velma Kelly.

They love the music, the infectious energy of this wildly popular hit musical based on the songs of ABBA. But they also connect to the sometimes strained, but always close, relationship between the mother and daughter characters. “It’s the closeness of the relationship I really love and can really relate to,” said Olivia, who is an English teacher and Speech team coach at Minooka Community High School.

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