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EvitaThe Charleston Light Opera Guild will present Evita on May 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18, 2013 at 7:30 pm and May 12, 2013 at 3:00 pm at the Charleston Civic Center Little Theater. Evita is a rock opera with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. The Guild's production is sponsored by Brooks Run Mining Company and Suttle & Stalnaker, PLLC.

The box office opens Monday, April 29, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. All seats are reserved at $20 by stopping by the Little Theatre Box Office or by calling 304-343-2287.

Evita was first developed as a concept album about the Argentine first lady, Eva Peron, who became a figure of near religious devotion by many before she died of cancer in 1952 at age 33. The story tells of charismatic Eva Duarte and her rise from poverty in rural Argentina. She was an aspiring radio and film actress whose ambition to succeed caused her to attach herself to popular tango singer Agustin Magaldi and to follow him to Buenos Aires. She then became linked to rising politician Juan Peron who became Argentina's president. Eva became his second wife and Argentina's legendary first lady.

This is a rags to riches story but also a cautionary tale of a woman who hypnotized a nation and learned to control and manipulate the media. She was a saint to the lower class but criticized by the military and upper class. Che, the storyteller of Evita, musically narrates while also challenging Eva's motives. This portrait of power, lust, corruption and ambition is told through a stunningly beautiful score.

Evita originated in London's West End with Elaine Paige in the title role. The 1979 Broadway production followed with Patti LuPone as Eva, Mandy Patinkin as Che and Bob Gurton as Juan Peron. Modonna, Antonio Bandaras and Jonathan Pryce starred in the 1996 film. Currently the 2012 Broadway revival features Argentine actress/singer Elena Roger as Eva, Ricky Martin as Che and Michael Cerveris as Peron.

Evita has been honored with Olivier, Tony and Drama Desk awards for best musical and several other Tony awards including best book and best score. It sports a rich pop culture legacy. The Guild last presented this classic in 1988.

Cast

Eva Peron

Emily Capece

Che

Ryan Hardiman

Juan Peron

Bill Rainey

Agustin Magaldi

Ted Brightwell

Peron's Mistress

Beth Winkler Bowden

Children of Argentina

Amelia Allen
Julia Battle
Hannah Peterson
Ashley Van Brocklin

People of Argentina

Bryan Archer
Kennie Bass
Cary Lantz Brown
Bryan Chin
Paul Shannon
Kimberly Smith-Harry
Katlin Kouns
Bob McCarty
Susan McKay
Susanna Morris
Laurie Pennington
Dennis Pauley
Toni M. Pilato
Caroline Chamness Rainey
Christy Roy
Katie Shaver
Julie Simon
Carl Simpkins
Nick Staples
Tim Whitener

 

 

Nina Denton Pasinetti - Director, Choreographer

John Marshall - Musical Director

David Patrick -Accompanist

Thomas P. Pasinetti - Technical Director


 

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