Laramie High School Theater is putting on a production of “Mamma Mia” this Nov. 14-16.

The play is put on by the Musical Theatre 2 class. Each year they produce a play in the fall and spring. This year, many members are excited about getting to act in “Mamma Mia.”

“Every spring, Mr. Hancy decides on the shows we will do for the next year, and then he announces them one morning before school in theater. A lot of students were really excited about “Mamma Mia” because it’s a really popular show,” Braylen Bleak said.

Bleak, a junior at LHS, has been in theater for three years. She received the role of Tanya for the fall play and is excited for the performance experience.

“Each year brings a different challenge, and I am excited for this year’s theater shows,” Bleak said.

This year, there have been changes in the way the plays are choreographed. Bleak has been a part of the choreography process in the past, but this year, there is more responsibility for her.

“Last fall, we had a student choreographer from UW who was the head of it, but this year, there’s just three of us choreographing the show by ourselves,” Bleak said.

Bleak has previous dance experience, along with the other choreographers for the show.

The theater productions require a wide variety in experience from students.

Not only do they need students to perform, but also for technology, backstage, set building, and costumes.

 Finley O’Connor, a junior at LHS, is a part of the tech team for theater. O’Connor helps the performers with their rehearsals and during the show.

“On most days, I run music. If the class is practicing their dancing or singing, I’ll help run the music for it,” O’Connor said.

She works alongside seven other students on tech for theater.

O’Connor also noted how she is helping build some set pieces with the group.

When the show gets closer, theater students will have to come to Saturday and evening practice, to finish everything up and make the show performance ready.

“When we start our Saturday work days, and night rehearsals, it gets a lot more fun, because you just get to be with the people a lot more and it gets more exciting,” O’Connor said.

Spending a lot of time together can cause issues for some, but for the theater group, it’s fun to get to know their classmates better and is exciting to prepare for the show.

“We’re like a big family and it’s been pretty good. We’ve all been getting along,” Bleak said.

O’Connor thinks this year’s show will be a fun and exciting show.

“I think this show is going to be a really fun one just because it’s really an upbeat show, it has a lot of good music, and I think it will be a really fun one to do,” O’Connor said.

Many people know the story of “Mamma Mia” and are happy to see the high school put on this play.