Stars of Blackpool’s hit musical Mamma Mia! had the chance to say “Thank you for the music” at a special charity cabaret evening to mark the end of their time in the resort.
Cast members from the hit show, based on the songs of Abba, were able to take a break from their usual routine by showing off their singing skills at town centre venue Viva – to raise money in aid of Bispham’s Trinity Hospice.
So, on what is their usual night off from performing, the actors and actresses organised the show to mark the final break from their record 12 week-long run at the Winter Gardens, ahead of their final bow on Sunday night.
Jay Bryce, who plays Father Alexander in the show, rallied his fellow performers to organise the night, after hearing of the good work done by Trinity Hospice across the resort.
He said: “While we’ve been in Blackpool it’s become a goal of ours to raise as much as possible for Trinity Hospice.
“My dad passed away a couple of years ago, and the palliative care he got made me realise the work that places like Trinity do. A lot of people there are volunteers, and I just think they deserve as much money as possible.”
A total of 20 performers were given free reign over what they sang to the audience – with Queen, Phil Collins and Edith Piaf numbers all getting aired. Jay himself sang Stars from Les Miserables. He added: “It’s a chance for people to do something they don’t usually do.
“We’ve enjoyed being in Blackpool, so it’s a chance to say goodbye and thank you.”
The show was expected to raise between £2,000 and £3,000 for the Bispham-based charity.
Mark Macdonald, second assistant musical director in the show, played keyboards in the backing band for Tuesday evening’s performance.
He said: “We’ve only put it together in the last few weeks and getting the singers to do their other stuff has been great, because a lot of the cast have got to showcase how good they are.
“Having spent so long in Blackpool it’s been nice to be able to do something to give back.”