Evita to open at UH Hilo Performing Arts Center April 7

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Date: Monday, March 20, 2017
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

Evita, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical about the rise of Eva Duarte Peron as the First Lady of Argentina, will open a two-weekend run at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Performing Arts Center beginning Friday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. Other performances are April 8, 12, 13, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 9 at 2 p.m.

A 50-member cast will bring Eva’s story to the stage, under the direction of Jackie Pualani Johnson, in her final directorial undertaking of a 38-year career as a drama professor. Her artistic team includes Musical Director Armando Mendoza, Choral Director Christopher Tomich, Choreographer Celeste Staton, and Designer Ariana Bassett.

Heading up the cast is Malu Debus in the title role of Evita, Doug Scheer as Juan Peron, Scott Wuscher as Che, Norman Arancon as Magaldi, and Simone Tincher as the Mistress. Debus has appeared in previous UH Hilo productions, including Hilo: Da Musical, Pinocchio, and Guys and Dolls. Wuscher is a UH Hilo Performing Arts graduate, who has appeared in numerous productions, including Miss Saigon, where he played the American G.I. Aranacon, a faculty member at UH Hilo, played the Engineer in Miss Saigon, and appeared in several musicals at Hilo’s Palace Theatre.

Johnson said Evita combines a fairy-tale love story with the dark underbelly of fate playing a tragic hand. And that true story has maintained its appeal several decades after the events upon which the show is based.

“Eva was a radical game-changer in her time, rising from poverty to power in a few short years. She fought for change, so the Peron government established eight-hour work days, sick pay and increased wages to give poor workers a fair shot,” Johnson said. “She did all she could before expiring at the age of 33 when cancer stopped her meteoric rise.”

Tickets are Reserved seating and priced at $20 General, $15 Discount and $7 UH Hilo/Hawaiʻi CC students (with a valid student ID) and children, up to age 17, pre-sale, and $25, $20, $12 at the door. Tickets are available by calling the UH Hilo Box Office at 932-7490 or ordering online at artscenter.uhh.hawaii.edu.

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