|PEMBROKE PINES THEATRE OF THE PERFORMING ARTS|
||Lyrics by Tim Rice|
Directed by Geoffrey Short
Musical Direction by Irma Gloria
Choreography by Del Marrero
Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts dedicates "Places: the 2021-2022 Season" to Alvin Entin.
Alvin Entin, October 18, 1945 – October 25, 2020
Alvin was PPTOPA's beloved Chairman of the Board and a fierce advocate of the theatre as well as a frequent actor, gracing the PPTOPA stage over the years. PPTOPA mourns his loss and dedicates this season to him with love and gratitude for his decades of service to us and all of the South Florida theatre community.
Thank you for coming to EVITA at PPTOPA! Whether it’s your first time or your hundredth, we appreciate and welcome you. While this Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Tim Rice classic is, at face value, a surreal historical account of the First Lady of Argentina, at its heart, Evita is a story about storytelling. The stories we tell ourselves, our followers, our audiences, our countries. Even as Eva outwardly preaches the narrative of being one of the working class, her conscience swirls around her and in this production gives voice to different versions of the truth.
Speaking of “alternate truths”, here in this country we’ve become attached to stories that resonate with us, that confirm our beliefs that say: “people like us do things like this” whether they're true or not. Stories aren’t always true and often don’t always contain actual facts. Fairytales. Just because I believe something doesn’t necessarily make it so. The dangers of a society that relies too heavily on rhetoric and propaganda…stories that are starved for data-driven, provable, scientific facts has, unfortunately, come into stark view in our country.
Another story that has come into sharp focus here is the experience of women in America. I’ve always been drawn to stories about brave and powerful women and female-identifying characters, whether they live under the sea, are a stage mother struggling to raise her children in Vaudeville or rose to be the most powerful woman in Argentine history. Perhaps it comes from growing up in a single-parent household with my own mother who was a hero to me. As we tell this story about a poor Argentinian girl who became “Santa Evita” to a nation, it’s important - now more than ever - to reflect on the stories that will be told in generations to come about the experiences of women in our own country and to remind ourselves that without respecting, uplifting and walking alongside them in the fight for their rights, the cautionary tale of Evita rings ever closer to home.
I’m grateful to have created this piece of storytelling with this incredible cast and crew. Especially, my partners, Choreographer Del Marrero, and Music Director Irma Gloria. Special thanks go out to Jersey College of Nursing in Sunrise for housing us during the rehearsal process and, as always to my rock, Cindy.
Thanks again for being here. Enjoy the Show!
Geoff Short, Director
A Cinema in Buenos Aires - Company
Requiem - Company
Oh What a Circus - Che and Company
On This Night of a Thousand Stars - Magaldi
Eva Beware of the City - Magaldi, Eva, Company
Buenos Aires - Eva, Company
Goodnight and Thank You - Che, Eva, Company
The Art of the Possible - Company
I'd Be Surprisingly Good for You - Eva, Peron
Another Suitcase in Another Hall - Peron's Mistress, Company
Peron's Latest Flame - Company
A New Argentina, Peron, Eva, Che, Company
On the Balcony of the Casa Rosada - Peron, Eva, Company
High Flying Adored -Eva, Che
Rainbow High - Eva, Company
Rainbow Tour - Eva, Che, Peron, Company
The Chorus Girl Hasn't Learned - Eva, Company
And the Money Kept Rolling In - Che, Company
Santa Evita - Company
Waltz for Eva and Che - Eva, Che
You Must Love Me - Eva
She is a Diamond - Peron, Company
Dice are Rolling - Eva, Peron
Eva's Final Broadcast - Eva
Montage - Company
Lament - Eva
At all Saturday matinees, the role of Eva Peron will be played by Mariangeli Collado.
PPTOPA Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board/President Emeritus
Technical and Production Crew
Lisa Murphy, Nate Jakovich
Dana Fredebaugh, Wendy Marrero, Kim Pitman, Alicia Rivera, Cindy Short, Geoff Short
Norman Black, Ron Pollack
Brooke Geraci, Kailyn Kleppe
Follow Spot Operator
Kim Pitman, Wendy Marrero, Geoff Short
Meet the Company
R. Zachary Pearson
Gabi Gonzalez as Eva Peron (Photo by Norman Black)
Gabi Gonzalez as Eva Peron (Photo by Norman Black)
Sahid Pabon as Che (Photo by Norman Black)
Sahid Pabon as Che with Company (Photo by Norman Black)
Joshua Roland-Bramkamp as Juan Peron (Photo by Norman Black)
The Company of Evita (Photo by Norman Black)
The Company of Evita
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