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 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.
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
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Deputy Stage Manager
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