dads of ‘Mamma Mia!’ loving their roles

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A banker, an electrician and a businessman are playing the three fathers in Gore Musical Theatre’s production of Mamma Mia.

TJ Smith, Bradley Gentle and Craig Wadsworth have taken on the roles.

Mamma Mia is a story of a bride-to-be looking for her real father.

The story is relayed to the audience through songs by ’70s group Abba.

This is the first time Smith, who is playing Harry, has been involved in theatre.

His motivation for performing was simple.

“I wanted life to be a little less boring.

“This is my way of doing something completely different,” the bank manager said.

He had not found learning lines difficult.

His challenge was being able to tune out when singing harmony pieces.

But he was thoroughly enjoying the experience.

“It feels like home – I love it.”
Gentle, who plays Bill, and Wadsworth (Sam), are seasoned performers.

Gentle said he had been involved with musical theatre for years.

“I’m keen to get on stage,” the electrician said.

Wadsworth’s Gore debut came 10 years ago in the theatre restaurant show One Hit Wonders

The businessman has performed in many shows since that time, including Buddy in 2012.

The director, Aucklander Gore for “blocks” of rehearsals and this had been hugely beneficial.

The concentrated rehearsals meant the cast learned their lines quicker, Wadsworth said.

The director had a knack of getting the best out of the actors.

He said theatre was addictive.

“There’s something about when you get on stage – it’s a good feeling,” Wadsworth said.

“I enjoy being someone else [on stage].”