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Hawthorne’s Alyjah Dotson, left, performed in a production of Mamma Mia at the Carson City Community Theatre this month.

From a local Hawthorne teen, once delivering papers for the Independent-News to performing on a professional stage with the Western Nevada Theatre Company, Alyjah Dotson has been dancing and singing in the November production of “Mamma Mia”, at the Carson City Community Theatre.

Dotson began rehearsals at the end of August after relocating to the Carson City area, following his 2018 graduation from Mineral County High School. The director of WNTC, Stephanie Arigotti, convinced Dotson to audition for the upcoming production while he was interviewing to become her work study. Arigotti is the only full-time performing arts professor within music, dance and theatre, where she started the Western Nevada College music program in 1977. She has produced over 104 productions and directed scores of musicals within the scope of her experience in professional theatre work.

The cast is compiled of adults and teens who have developed years of experience on many stages. This live production of “Mamma Mia” has a primary cast of 18 actors relaying the wildly popular story on stage. Dotson performed among a singing and well-choreographed dance troupe of 20, as a live orchestra played the recognized 1970’s Abba band songs and every actor’s line or vocal number was professionally accomplished. Amid each scene, tastefully done costuming, unique props and colorful backdrops continued to entertain audiences. This highly popular show is playing in Carson to a full house from Nov. 2 to the 18th.

Dotson admitted he is doing exactly what he desired to do, especially enjoying his participation in a humorous performance number with six dancers, set in a picturesque, Greek-side ocean scene. The vintage beach apparel, props and dance routine proved to be an audience favorite, which Dotson appreciated.

“I am doing exactly what I love – dancing. I am still not far from home and attending Western Nevada College locally. That’s been convenient for me, while working for this production company. I’ve been paid to create props and backdrops for the show, while learning the inside duties associated with a professional venue like this. I have met so many helpful people and I feel that I am in my element,” Dotson admitted.

The theatre production of “Mamma Mia” originally opened in London in 1999, then added its American debut in 2000. The film adaptation was released in 2008, starring Meryl Streep. It was recently followed up by this year’s film sequel, “Mamma Mia Here We Go Again”, all showing a proven success, with the storyline of a young woman, raised by a single mother in a Greek ocean-side village, who is wanting to find out who her real father is before she gets married.

For further information regarding tickets for this production or any other upcoming presentation, contact WNMTC at 775-445-4249 or go online at