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MAMMA MIA Actor Showcase — Rachel DeShon

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BLACK PRODUCTIONS, the company that brought you Grease, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Chicago and Cabaret, Rock of Ages and Steel Magnolias is proud to be bringing MAMMA MIA to the Capitol Theatre stage this weekend — May 23-26.

MAMMA MIA is a stage production where a young woman wants to invite the father she's never known to her wedding — only to discover that there are three possible choices — in this musical featuring songs by the Swedish pop group ABBA.

This smash show features the irresistible songs from the Tony Award-nominated Broadway show and hit movie, including: “Dancing Queen”, “S.O.S.”, “Mamma Mia”, “Voulez Vous”, “Take a Chance On Me” and more.

In the lead up to MAMMA MIA, The Nelson Daily, the online media news site, has been showcasing some of the performers.

Today, The Nelson Daily showcases Rachel DeShon, who appears on stage as “Donna”.

With a voice that has been called “undeniably fantastic”, Rachel DeShon was the winner of Marvin Hamlisch’s Search for a Star competition with the Seattle Symphony and a guest artist on his national tour.

DeShon was recently seen in the Broadway bound revival of The Secret Garden at the 5th Avenue Theatre. In 2017, she released the exotica tribute album Taking Yma Sumac One Step Further with San Diego’s Creepxotica.

She’s performed with Marvin Hamlisch, Joan Baez, Ann Wilson, Thelma Houston, Martha Davis, Norman Durkee, Lilianne Montevecchi, and Frank Ferrante. She’s appeared as a guest artist with the Boston POPS!, Seattle Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Teatro ZinZanni, Seattle Men’s Chorus, 5th Avenue Theatre, and at Singapore’s Esplanade Hall. Currently she is creating I AM: an opera, a solo performance for young people and their families. I AM becomes an extraordinary tribute to one young girl’s quite ordinary capacity to triumph.

DeShon is a recent transplant to Nelson settling here with her husband Jean-François and this marks her debut with Black Productions.

MAMMA MIA is Directed by Pat Henman with Musical Direction by Robyn Lamb and Choreography by Mackenzie Hope. Tickets are $33 for Adults and $28 for students (plus applicable taxes and fees) and are available at the Capitol Theatre box office in person, by phone (250-352-6363) or online at