Evita, the Tony Award-winning musical, will make its West Chester debut on Friday, Oct. 12, courtesy of the Resident Theatre Company.
Evita follows the journey of Eva Peron from an ambitious 16-year-old girl who longed for an acting career, fame, and fortune to the most powerful woman in Latin America who won the love of her countrymen and more than a few enemies along the way.
It will be directed by Broadway veteran Kristin McLaughlin Mitchel, the RTC’s Founding Artistic Director. RTC’s opening production of Monty Python’s Spamalot, also directed by McLaughlin, earned RTC its first four Barrymore Award nominations.
“Set in Buenos Aires between 1934-1952, this world-renowned musical features a soaring score that I am thrilled to bring to audiences in West Chester,” said McLaughlin.
Aline Mayagoitia joins the RTC stage as Evita, the famed First Lady of Argentina. Mayagoitia is a bilingual native of Mexico who will star opposite Michael Yeshion, the rising political force President Juan Perón. Robert Zelaya plays the part of Ché, the young well-known revolutionary who narrates the rise and fall of the beloved matriarch of the Argentinian people.
The role of Magaldi, the singer and dancer who first brought Eva Peron to Buenos Aires, is played by Pasqualino Beltempo. Juan Peron’s mistress, noted only by that name, is played by Philadelphia actress Phoebe Gavula.
RTC has put together an award-winning design team to bring this production to life, including:
- Brian Dudkiewicz (set)
- Ethan Olsen (lighting)
- Kayla Speedy (costume)
- Angela Kozinski (props)
- Ryk Lewis (sound)
Dann Dunn will choreograph, and Gina Giachero will direct the music.
Evita runs through Oct. 28 at the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center in West Chester. Click here to purchase tickets.