Cast and Production Team Announced for
The Resident Theatre Company’s “Evita”
(West Chester, Pa)—The Resident Theatre Company is thrilled to announce the cast and production team for “Evita”. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Tony-Award winning musical 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, winning the love of her countrymen, and more than a few enemies along the way. The show makes its West Chester debut October 12th.
“Evita” will be directed by award-winning Broadway veteran and RTC’s Founding Artistic Director Kristin McLaughlin Mitchell, who’s work on Broadway’s Lend Me a Tenor was called “Genius” and “True comic delirium” by the New York Times. RTC’s opening production of Monty Python’s Spamalot, also directed by McLaughlin last spring, 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" says 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, as the rising political force, President Juan Perón. This is the second time playing Peron for Yeshion. Robert Zelaya also stars as 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.
The cast is completed by an ensemble of nine professional actors. Nicole Calabrese, Anna Ferrigno, Dana Orange, Angel Sigala, Imanol Fuentes, and Daxx Wieser. They are joined on stage by three teenage actors, all natives of Chester County, Bailey Denmark, Cassidy Lennick, and Veronica Garrubbo.
The Resident Theatre Company has put together an award-winning design team to bring this production to life, including set designer Brian Dudkiewicz; lighting designer Ethan Olsen;
costume designer Kayla Speedy; props designer Angela Kozinski; and sound designer Ryk Lewis.
Dann Dunn will choreograph, who was last seen in West Chester creating the choreography for Bullets Over Broadway for RTC last spring, and Gina Giachero will music direct.
Tickets for Evita are on sale now at www.rtcwc.org ($25-$53). The show runs October 12 - 28 at the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center in West Chester.
Members of the production are available for interview by request. A limited number of press passes are available for opening night.