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21st - 25th June 2016
at The Halifax Playhouse

Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Originally Directed by Harold Prince

An amateur production by arrangement with The Really Useful Group LTD

Evita

Evita is based on the historical story of María Eva Duarte de Perón, a poor Argentinian girl who grows up to be the wife of the president of Argentina, worshipped by her people. As a young woman who longs for an acting career, fame, and fortune, Eva quickly learns that her feminine wiles hold power among a culture, and a political system, run by men. Once she makes it to Buenos Aires, Evita finds fame and power in her powers of seduction, eventually seducing the rising political figure, Juan Perón, who becomes the President of Argentina. As First Lady of Argentina, she aligns herself with the poor, winning herself, and Perón, popularity among Argentinians. Evita becomes a hero to the poor and the working class­—and an enemy to the rich. A young and unknown revolutionary, Ché, narrates the rise and fall of the beloved matriarch of the Argentinian people.


NODA Review

The society proudly presented the first production of EVITA in this area, this was a superb, well polished production and a joy to watch.  Another rock opera from the brilliant duo Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice, the story based on the life of Eva Peron the second wife of the president of Argentina Juan Peron.

The show was extremely well cast with Alexandra Townend in the title role of Eva, with an incredible vocal talent and assured stage presence, she was impressively supported by Angelo Clarke as Juan Peron.  A confident and convincing performance from Che Guevara, (Ashley Davis) as the Argentinan Marxist.  The demanding role of Augstin Magaldi (Richard Armstrong) the Tango singer, maintained the Latin American feel throughout.  Also we had the sympathetic interpretation of Peron's Mistress (Francesca Preston).  All smaller roles were well sung. I was amazed by the impressive singing and discipline of the ensemble, all due to the hard work of their new M.D. Tony Dylak. A well thought out stage set, and good authentic costumes that were spot on for the era.

This challenging show was an excellent choice for the society and it was wonderful to see the "House Full" sign at the entrance, such a rare sight these days! Yet again, another outstanding production from this talented society.  My sincere congratulations to the production team and all involved in anyway.

 

Jacqui Hartley - NODA representative District 10

Cast

Eva Perón
Alexandra Townend

Ché
Ashley Davis

Juan Perón
Angelo Clarke

Agustin Magaldi
Richard Armstrong

Perón's Mistress
Francesca Preston

Ensemble
Hannah Butler, Helen Fantom, Janet Fletcher, Paige Fletcher, Kay Green, Roy Greenwood, Adele Hill, John Hodgson Steve Kell, Peter McDonnell, Sam Milnes, Marilyn Mitchell, Malcolm Nowell, Hayley Roberts, Phil Roberts, Emma Saunders, Pat Schofield, Ned Smith, Amy Straw, Sue Varley, Martin Welsh, Rachel Woffenden, Krystian Wolny, Anne Woodhouse, Grace Sheperd, Ben Hinchliffe, Hettie Chaplin


Creative Team

Director
Steve Tetlow

Co-director/Choreographer
Rachel Rogers

Musical Director
Tony Dylack

Dance Captain
Paige Fletcher

Accompanists
David Netherwood
Andy Sherlock

Lighting Design
Mark Jennes

Sound Design
Richard Lumb

Stage Manager
Rachel Rogers

Deputy Stage Manager
Kayleigh Smith

Chaperone
Paula Straw

Properties
Nuala Smith and Team

Costume Design
Norma Bateman and Team

Set Design
Innovation, Ian Smith and George Mitchell

Publicity/Programme
Joshua Straw

Photographs
Ashley Davis, Jade Smith and Joshua Straw