Evita Musical Auditions: The Upcoming Challenge to Find the Cast
John DeGaetano, will direct the musical at the Raven Performing Arts Theater, Healdsburg California, summer 2013. "We're looking for the actress to fill the role of Evita that translates what was her ambition in life to emotion and song on stage.”
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Jan. 17, 2013 - PRLog -- “Evita was a woman who came from nothing and wanted everything,” says DeGaetano, long-time president of the Raven Players. “In real life, she was the focal point of a country." About the Evita Musical Auditions: With rehearsals starting in April for an opening night on June 21, Evita promises to be the California's North Bay musical event of the year. The Raven Performing Arts Theater will conduct open casting for Evita. “As a community theater, I feel we owe it to reach far out into the community,” says DeGaetano. So, somewhere and beyond, are the people who will play not only Evita, but also the passionate revolutionary Che Guevara, the powerful Argentinian President Juan Perón, the suave tango singer Migaldi, and Perón’s sweet-voiced mistress.
The ideal Evita will be able to play ages 18 to 33 while projecting both toughness and charisma. She’ll need stamina, because it’s a demanding role, requiring a voice that can “belt up to an F,” says DeGaetano, who adds that he looks for “a sparkle in the eye” when he’s casting. For Che Guevara, he needs an actor with a high, rock tenor voice. Che’s character is dashing, impulsive, jealous, and manipulative. For Juan Perón, he needs an actor 30 or older with a powerful baritone voice, able to portray a man who was dignified, charming, and authoritative. A handsome actor with a high baritone voice is needed for Migaldi, Eva’s first real love interest. Finally, for the role of Perón’s Mistress, DeGaetano is looking for an actress between 18 and 30 with a high, sweet voice that can belt to an E for her beautiful solo. Also needed are ensemble players for a children’s chorus, a women’s chorus, the people of Buenos Aires, and other roles.
The Raven is one of only a few theater companies licensed to perform Evita outside New York. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, the musical debuted in London’s West End in 1978. The compelling score fuses haunting chorales with exuberant Latin, pop, and jazz influences to create an arresting theatrical portrait as complex as the woman herself. Blessed with ambition and magnetism, but not long life, Evita becomes a starlet at 22, the president’s mistress at 24, and First Lady at 27, only to die of cancer at 33. Despite her glamorous image, Evita advocated for los descamisados, “the shirtless ones,” and championed workers’ and women’s rights, leaving a unique political legacy about which opinions still vary.
This video clip helps performers prepare for auditions. Auditions will be held at the Raven Performing Arts Theater, 115 North Street, Healdsburg, on Wednesday, March 20 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, March 23 at 1:00 pm (2 days only). No appointment is necessary, but asked to please be on time. Auditioners should prepare a contemporary theatre song. An accompanist will be provided. Actors may sing from the show if they’re interested in a particular character. Dance routine will be segmented within auditions, so please bring appropriate clothing and shoes. Callback dates to be determined. For more information please see contact information.