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College-Community Summer Theatre to Present 'Evita'

Show Runs July 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24

July 15, 2010

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Gina Beck and Joshua Coleman star as Argentina's Juan and Eva Peron in the College-Community Summer Theatre's production of "Evita."

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A large multigenerational cast is set for Wilmington College-Community Summer Theatre’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s dynamic musical Evita.

The show will run July 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24, at 7:30 p.m., in WC’s Hugh Heiland Theatre in the Oscar F. Boyd Cultural Arts Center.

Gina Beck is cast in the title role as Eva Duarte Peron, whom director Steven Haines described as an “actress, politician, mistress, wife, philanthropist, thief, devil and saint.”

“She was one of the most glamorous and dynamic women of the 20th century,” he said. “Her story as told by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber remains one that fascinates with its mixture of truth, myth, political and social blind ambition, iconic imagery, intrigues and bizarre speculation.”

Also featured are: Joshua R. Coleman as Juan Peron (Eva’s husband), Rachel Beck as Peron’s mistress, Claudia Fowler as Juana Ibarguren (Eva’s mother), Joshua Gough as Dr. Ara and Juan Duarte (Eva’s brother), Max Monnig as Augustin Magaldi, Emily Moroney as Elisa Duarte (Eva’s sister), Tonja Ruther as Erminda Duarte (Eva’s sister) and Katie Schaad as Blanca Duarte (Eva’s sister).

Donald Clinton Jr., Mark Lunsford, Bryan Wallingford and Justin DuVall are cast as Peronist officers.

Principal dancers include: Rachel Beck, Drew Blakeman, Mark Lunsford, Max Monnig, Emily Moroney, Caeleb Reisinger, Tonja Ruther, Elizabeth Verespie and Katie Schaad.

Ensemble members are: Connie Abirached, Sara Abirached, Caleb A. Beck, Joshua Beck, Rachel Beck, Jessica N. Cunnigan, Melissa Reeder, Tonja Ruther, Caeleb Reisinger, Drew Blakeman, Tina Brausch, Donald Clinton Jr., Justin DuVall, Claudia Fowler, Joshua Gough, Max Monnig, Elizabeth Verespie, Kim Wiederhold, Bryan Wallingford and Katie Schaad.

Also, a composite character known as Che is portrayed by a combination of Drew Blakeman, Tina Brausch, Mark Lunsford, Emily Moroney, Katie Schaad and Bryan Wallingford.

Steve Haines is directing the show with Wynn Alexander serving as set designer, Becky Haines as light and sound designer, Karen Miller as assistant music director and Mark Lunsford, who is managing the Theatre Box Office and publicity.

Reservations are available by contacting the Theatre Box office weekdays, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., at (937) 382-6661 ext. 267.