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Evita rehearsals underway in Hamilton

Evita rehearsals underway in Hamilton

Cast from across the Waikato region have officially begun rehearsals for Evita; the next hit musical heading to Hamilton.

The Hamilton Operatic Society's rendition of Evita (2006 London cast edition) will premiere at Clarence Street Theatre on Saturday 19 September and run for two weeks.

The show stars approximately 40 cast and dancers from Hamilton and small surrounding towns. The lead role, Eva Peron, is played by Rebecca Wright from Auckland.

Hamilton Operatic Society chairperson Rachel Balme says the Society's rendition of Evita is momentous on many levels.

"The Hamilton Operatic Society is beyond excited to be the first out of five community theatre groups across New Zealand to unveil this internationally-renown show," Rachel said.

The show is a Musical Theatre New Zealand Consortium show, which will also play in Wellington, Christchurch, Rotorua and New Plymouth later in the year.

"Not only that, Evita marks the 175th production ever to be staged by the Society at Hamilton's Clarence Street Theatre.

"It will also be the first show performed at the Theatre since the Hamilton City Council gifted the theatre to Clarence Street Theatre Trust."

In Hamilton, Evita will be directed by David Sidwell, musically Directed by Victoria Trenwith and choreographed by Sonja Mcgirr-Garrett and Sean Archer.

Rebecca Wright, as Eva Person will be supported by well-known Hamilton actors Nick Wilkinson as Che Guevara, Benjamin John Moody as Juan Peron, Hannah Keeley Doherty as Peron's Mistress and Bruce Rawson as Agustin Magaldi.

Balme describes the Evita as the "phenomenal musical" written by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Tim Rice.

"Set in Buenos Aires between 1934 and 1952, Evita charts the rags-to-riches rise of Argentine political leader Eva Peron, the second wife of President Juan Peron.

"Eva's journey is one of being a fatherless child, to then an ambitious actress, and later one of the most powerful women in Latin America.

Events from Eva Peron's life are presented in song with some of Lloyd Webber's most famous hits including, Don't Cry For Me Argentina, Another Suitcase In Another Hall and Buenos Aires.

"Our stunning cast, full orchestra and unique Musical Theatre New Zealand Consortium set are geared to make this a truly memorable show. We are confident that Waikato families, big and small, won't be disappointed."

Tickets for Evita are on sale now through Ticketek