CARL RUSSO PHOTOS: The fire in their souls has been relit. Bright, colorful costumes, an extravagant set and dancing queens are returning to the Collins Center.

In the spring of 2020, the pandemic put theater productions on hold, and then students performed outside and in front of virtual audiences. Now, they are prepping one of the school’s biggest shows in years: “Mamma Mia” with the audience in house.

The cast of 49 Andover high students is one of the largest in many of the students’ recent memories. It was whittled down from about 70 students who auditioned.

The show runs from Nov. 18 to 23. For more information and tickets, visit