Actress with Mamma Mia! transforms into role


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Mamma Mia! will make its stop of the tour in Ames 7:30 p.m. May 4 at Stephen’s Auditorium with a wide arrange of actors to support the popular roles. Mamma Mia! is a musical that uses only Abba songs.

Nicole Presley

Music Mamma Mia! will make its tour stop in Ames 7:30 p.m. May 4 at Stephens Auditorium with a wide range of actors to support the popular roles. 

Carly Sakolove, who plays Rosie in Mamma Mia!, said her love for acting started at a young age.

At the age of five, her parents took her to a community theater show. She fell in love with it and signed up for classes some time after she saw the show and began children’s theater at the age of six.  

Sakolove also does voice impersonations, a skill she acquired in college while studying musical theater at The Boston Conservatory. Sakolove mainly does impersonations of Broadway actresses and some popular celebrities. 

“It’s definitely an ability to adapt to any sort of style. So when I’m auditioning I’m able to really transform into the style of the show, whether it’s going to be a rock musical, I can get my rock groove on,” Sakolove said. “I auditioned recently for the Janice Joplin musical. Being able to kind of emulate her voice maybe gave me a leg up there. I’m just able to adapt.” 

While Sakolove can adapt to certain characters, she said Rosie was a good fit for her.

“It seemed like a really appropriate show for me. The role of Rosie kind of spoke to me, and we get something that’s called a break down,” Sakolove said. “It kind of breaks down the types, the singing voice, the physical type, and a just kind of detailed description of the characters we’re auditioning for. So I got that break down and saw that Rosie was very like me.” 

Rosie is the friend of the main character’s mother, Donna. Rosie runs a feminine press and also writes cookbooks.

Sakolove describes Rosie as someone who will pick you up when you’re down and always has a good time.

During of her performances Sakolove, said an embarrassing moment  happened while performing the song Super Trooper.

“We come out in glitzy outfits, these glitzy white jumpsuits, and Donna and the Dynamos, our old rock band or girl power band, and we’re going to do a number for the bachelorette party,” Sakolove said. “So we come out and our first move is to all three in sync point up at the Super Trooper and start singing. This one night it just happened that I accidentally pointed with the microphone instead of my finger. So I was singing with no microphone.” 

The nine-month tour of Mamma Mia! ends June 15.

Mamma Mia! will be 7:30 p.m. May 4 at Stephens Auditorium. Tickets can be taught on Ticketmaster or at the north entrance of Stephens Auditorium.