Saturday, October 17, 2009

University of Goroka stars Shine in Mamma Mia!

By KATE GUNN of University of Goroka

The University of Goroka has done it again!In its stage production by final year expressive arts students, UOG has proven that Papua New Guinea has its own home-grown talent in the genre of contemporary performing arts.
A production of the stage musical smash Mamma Mia! was held on campus on Wednesday 14th October and Thursday 15th October 2009, to a fully-packed Mark Solon Auditorium.
The students involved in the musical undertook most production responsibilities: stage management, scene changes; props; music and singing with support and guidance from staff in the expressive arts department.
The students proved to the audience that they had great talent in the areas of expressive dance, singing and acting. Staff and students were impressed by the professionalism of the production, and enjoyed the performance of a contemporary musical drama on stage.
The storyline of the musical was that of a bride-to-be trying to discover the identity of her father in order to feel “complete” for her big day, as told through performances of hit songs by the ‘70s pop group ABBA.
The musical explored the themes of finding your identity; family; love and the mistakes made in life.
For further information please contact:
Ms Kate Gunn
Public Relations & Marketing Officer
The University of Goroka
Ph: (675) 7311 877
Fax: (675) 7321914


  1. Hi
    Back in the late 70's the Goroka teachers college staged an african musical called "Ipi Tombi".
    I was one of the performers and it was so popular we travelled to POM, MAD and LAE to perform. Matenga Kingi(Duffy" was the Director and I still have happy memories.

  2. Hi Nancy. I remember as I was a child in Goroka back in those days.
    I also remember Jesus Christ, Superstar. Where are you now?


  3. Anonymous8:46 PM

    Hallo Nancy!

    In 2003 & 4, the Expressive Arts did Ipi Ntombi again. And it was the 2004 lot that took the play to DWU and Unitech. And I guess Jesus Christ Superstar was performed in 2002. Yes the Expressive Arts Department of UOG is still a very strong arts advocator.



  4. Hi,
    I'm trying to locate a copy of 'Ipi Tombi' poster featuring Michael Dargam. Can anyone here point me in the right direction?

  5. Hi,
    I've been trying to locate a copy of an 'Ipi Tombi' poster which features Michael Dargam. Can anyone here assist by pointing me in the right direction?