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Meet Maddie McDowell

Mamma Mia! Spotlight

Maddie is returning to Summer Place for her second show (after playing Bickle in last year's Footloose), this time as a member of the ensemble in our Mamma Mia! She has been in several other plays and musicals at her high school, Montini Catholic, and loves doing summer musicals, as well as playing softball and golf. Maddie is going into her junior year of high school.

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We asked Maddie a few questions about herself.

Q: Who or what inspired you to start doing theater?

A: I’ve always loved singing and dancing and putting those things together was heaven for me.

Q: What was the musical that had you fall in love with musicals?

A: I would always watch Hairspray every day after school, I looked up to Tracy Turnblad because she fought for what was right. (I loved her hair too when I was younger!)

Q: What is the favorite role you've ever played?

A: I loved playing Jane banks in Mary Poppins; it was one of my first lead roles and I loved Mary Poppins, so being in it was amazing.

Q: What is the dream role you still want to play?

A: I’d love to be Anya from Anastasia. I love the music and the story and it’s something I’d love to have the opportunity to do.

Q: Most challenging part of bringing this story to life?

A: Conveying such a tight knit group of people on this island who want to help this girl succeed and find her family is something I’d love to keep working on with the cast.

Q: Do you have any performance superstitions?

A: I just try to follow the same routine every night just so I know I haven’t forgotten about anything before I go on stage.

Q: If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would you want to play you?

A: I think I’d love to have Elsie Fisher from the movie 8th Grade play me, she’s super funny and I love her acting and personality.

Q: What do you do when you’re not doing theater?

A: I’m either working or practicing choreography for theater, I can’t escape it!

Q: If you were stranded on an island, which character from Mamma Mia would you want to have with you and why?

A: I think I would want to be stranded with any of the dads because I feel like they could get us off the island with their dad power.

Q: Why should people come see this production of Mamma Mia?

A: It’s super awesome and fun to do and it’ll be even better to watch, it’s got a great story and some really cool people telling it.

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