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FIRST LOOK: Pittsburg Community Theatre's Sets the Stage for "Evita"

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From age seven to seventy performers light up the stage of Memorial Auditorium with the story of the beloved Argentine leader Evita.

"Evita Perón was the first polarizing political figure other than the queens in England. She was the first female political power especially in our area of the world. She's the reason why Argentine women got the right to vote,” says Actor Dale Clark who plays “Che.”  

The rock opera follows Perón’s rise from rags to riches to become the First Lady of Argentina in 1946, but the production is not just a period piece.

Pittsburg Community Theatre Director Linden Little says “There's a lot of entertainment value too. It's not just like a bio-pic or heavy documentary. There's tango and dancing and some really great music from Andrew Lloyd Webber, so there should be something for everyone."

Unlike the traditional Broadway rendition, in this production there different actresses that play Evita, each following the different stages in her life.

"I think it adds some emotional levels that a single actor might not be able, might not necessarily, might not be able to convey as well because it's such a tiring thing. They're on stage constantly on stage trying to go through multiple emotions, dancing singing, gigantic vocal range as I mentioned, so I think it ads,” says actress Lisa Gerstenkorn who plays “Santa Evita.”

The production is action packed with singing, tango and pasodouble numbers, leaving little room for breaks to dialogue.

"We'll get you out in two hours so it should be an enjoyable and contemporary evening of art,” says Linden.

Five performances are scheduled, kicking off Thursday night and running through Sunday afternoon.

Ticket Information:

Reserved seating tickets are on sale for $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. General admission tickets in the balcony are $8. They are on sale now at www.memorialauditorium.org, where seats may be chosen and tickets printed from home, if desired, or arranged to be picked up at the box office. They also may be purchased at the box office, 503 N. Pine in Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center, 30 minutes prior to the performance, or any time during business hours from now until opening night. For information call 620-231-7827 or emailpctinfo@gmail.org

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