Olivia Ashley Reed grew up dancing. Singing, too.
When she was in the fourth grade, she got a taste of how the two blended together with acting when she took the stage as Dorothy in a mash-up of The Wizard of Oz and The Whiz.
She hasn’t looked back.
Reed, who graduated last year from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., with a music degree, will perform in Kennewick next week as part of a North American tour of Mamma Mia! The March 19 performance is the latest in the 2014-15 season of Broadway at the Windermere Theatre in the Kennewick Toyota Center.
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Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
In Mamma Mia!, Reed plays Lisa, one of two best friends to Sophie, who’s getting married on a Greek island.
“We’re all reunited. Then Sophie says she has a secret — she’s invited three men who could be her dad. She ropes us into her plan, and the story just takes off from there,” Reed said.
Mamma Mia! is the ninth longest-running show in Broadway history, as well as a smash 2008 movie starring Meryl Streep and Colin Firth. It’s based on music by the Swedish band ABBA.
As of Thursday, the Kennewick performance was nearly sold out, with a few tickets left.
Reed has been on the road with Mamma Mia! since last fall; the tour ends this summer.
She said that it’s given her the chance to see the country and hone her skills. When the tour wraps, the Long Island native plans to return to New York to continue her musical theater career.
Broadway is her ultimate goal.
Reed says performing is her way to make people happy, ease their loads.
“It’s a wonderful feeling — to know you’ve brightened somebody’s day or touched their heart or made them smile when they were going through a tough time,” Reed told the Herald.
Mamma Mia! is a light-hearted show with some emotional moments and plenty of fun, she said.
“(The audience) is standing up, hopefully, by the end, and clapping and singing and dancing along. That’s what we want — the finale is more like a rock concert. We want everybody up on their feet and singing to the songs they love, and dancing,” she said.
“That is something awesome to see.”
Tickets start at $39.50 at the Toyota Center box office. They’re also available at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more by calling 509-737-3722.
Tickets purchased through the Toyota Center avoid service charges.