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Evita hits Newark stage

Evita hits Newark stage

Featured News March 4, 2024
Evita hits Newark stage

NEWARK Amateur Operatic Society returns to the Palace Theatre Newark with their next production dipping into the Lloyd-Webber and Rice songbook.

The classic ‘Evita’ charts the young, ambitious Eva Perón’s meteoric rise to sainthood. Set in Argentina between 1934-1952, the musical follows Eva’s journey from poor, illegitimate child to ambitious actress, to wife of military leader-turned-president Juan Perón – the most powerful woman in Latin America, before her death from cancer aged 33. Evita’s life events are presented in song and commented on by show narrator, Che. Well-known numbers include: ‘Don’t Cry for Me Argentina’, ‘Oh What a Circus’ and ‘Another Suitcase in Another Hall’.

Eva, played by Kate Taylor, returns following her debut in ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ in 2021. She regularly appears in lead roles with Nottingham Operatic Society. Andrew Beighton, as Juan Perón, will make his debut with the society and is a regular performer and director at the Robin Hood Theatre. William Dewick, as Che, follows roles such as Don Lockwood in ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ and Scarecrow in ‘The Wizard of Oz’. Magaldi, played by Justin Day, has previous roles including Fagin in ‘Oliver!’ and Professor Plum in ‘Clue The Musical’. Debutant Emma Wighton, completes the principals, reprising the Mistress role played with Lincolnshire Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society in 2019.

Director and Vice-Chairman Mike Follen brings this classic to the stage: “We have an excellent company, fabulous leads, all tirelessly working with the backstage team to build an amazing production. Creative staging will create an immersive evening. Staging shows like this is challenging so we hope it will be a memorable experience. Next year is our 90th anniversary and we hope to announce our plans very soon”.

Evita runs Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd March at 7.30pm with Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets available from the Palace Theatre: www.palacenewark.com or 01636 655755.