Summer Rep returns this week to Santa Rosa Junior College after missing last season due to the $28m renovation of the Burbank Auditorium.  “Mamma Mia!!” featuring well-known hits by ABBA opens Fri., June 21, at 8 p.m. in Haehl Pavilion, recently built to hold three summer musicals.  This popular and very humorous show will play through August 10.  Four days later, in the Newman Auditorium, the mystery novel made famous by the Alfred Hitchcock film “The Thirty-Nine Steps” begins its run Tue., June 25 at 7:30 p.m. and will run through July 31.

“Mamma Mia!” will allow you to travel to the paradise of a Greek island as a young woman about to be married seeks to identify her father by inviting three men from her mother’s past.  As she conducts her search, enjoy in the context of the story popular ABBA hits such as “Dancing Queen” and “Take a Chance.”  This feel-good story will provide many laughs as you enjoy the music and the colorful and stimulating dancing.  

Come back to the Santa Rosa campus four evenings later to enjoy a classic mystery story, “The Thirty-Nine Steps,” first a novel by John Buchan, then an iconic film by Alfred Hitchcock, and now a quick-paced story about an average man with an average life who suddenly encounters a female spy.  What happens next becomes part of solving the who-dun-what and learning what the Thirty-Nine Steps is and how this impacts the man’s life.  Look for bizarre antics, wild and crazy characters, a little romance, some singular performances and especially many laughs.  Information about tickets for both shows:  707-527-4307 or summerrep.com.

“A Chorus Line” opened at Jack London Park in Glen Ellen Fri. night and will continue through June 30.  Ticket information:  877-424-1414 or transcendencetheatre.org.  

A musical love story, “Half Life,” premiered at Main Stage West in Sebastopol June 14 and will run through June 30.  Ticket information:  707-823-0177 or mainstagewest.com.

Meanwhile, “West Side Story” continues its successful run at 6th Street Playhouse through July 7.  Contact for tickets:  707-523-4185 or 6thstreetplayhouse.com.  And the wonderful light opera, “The Barber of Seville” closes soon, June 23, at Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma, cinnabartheater.org.

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