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Evita

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

This is theatre worth applauding

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (Guardian)
Editor:

I have just returned home from one of the best nights of theatre I’ve seen on this Island in 10 years.

Anyone else who had the pleasure of taking in tonight’s (Friday) performance of Evita by ACT knows exactly what I’m talking about. From the moment the first actor arrived on stage to the final curtain two and a half hours later, I was taken in by the entire production. Every element, from staging to costumes to the orchestra, was absolutely bang on. Not to mention the totally convincing performances from every single cast member.

I hope each of the 100-plus people involved in this production takes another bow when they read this. You certainly deserve it. Three cheers for community theatre. We have many, many talented storytellers amongst us.

Kelly Mullaly,

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Evita left our spirits soaring

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (Guardian)

Editor:

Congratulations to ACT on their truly magnificent production of Evita. The principals were simply superb with immaculate timing and mellifluous voices. The company gave us delightfully detailed and concentrated work which brought out all aspects of the emotion, turmoil and public fascination with the amazing life of Eva Peron.

Mark Ramsay, Shirley Anne Cameron and Julia Sauve deserve our gratitude for setting a standard to which all productions should aspire.

The very clever settings, lighting choreography and costumes delighted the eye.

Altogether a wonderful evening reminding us of the magic of musical theatre, after a steady diet of musical revues on the mainstage.

The production left our spirits soaring with Eva and the angel.

M. Raymond Moore

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Friday, March 27, 2009

EVITA Sells Out Closing night

Evita played to a sell out crowd on Saturday night. Total for the three nights was 2,930 which was 92.7% of the tickets available.

For a hint of what you missed, please check out our Evita production pictures the the gallery!

- Gerry

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Sunday, March 08, 2009

Viva Eva!

  Some good seats are still available, but the‘Orchestra A’ section of the Confederation Centre has almost entirely been sold for the three performances of EVITA.  It plays the Main Stage on March 26, 27 and 28.
  This is the blockbuster musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice which most of us know from the Madonna movie and its signature hit “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina”.  It’s the story of Eva Peron.
  She pulled her way up through soap-opera and ‘B’ movies to political, social and spiritual power.  She burned out at 33.  Despite popular adoration, a military junta banned her name, and her preserved body disappeared for a decade and a half.  The elite dismissed her as a cheap opportunist ... the masses revered her as a saint.
  This is a come-to-life legend – pulsing with music and passionate dance, vibrant costume and the exotic setting of Buenos Aires.  Astonishing woman ... magnificent show.
  Tickets: $22 and $20 at the Confederation Centre Box Office 566-1267 1-800-565-0278 www.peipresents.com

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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Building Buenos Aires

Stage set for ACT’s production of “EVITA” under construction

Designer Garnett Gallant gets a hand from Michelle Doucette of Home Hardware and Building Centre and Home Furniture Stratford

Buenos Aires is taking shape on Prince Edward Island as ACT, Island community theatre group, builds the stage-set for “EVITA”. The musical comes to the Mainstage of the Confederation Centre in Charlottetown on March 26, 27, 28.

Evita is the Broadway and London blockbuster by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, who produced a string of hits including “JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR”, “PHANTOM OF THE OPERA”, and “CATS”. It’s the story of Eva Peron—the woman who rose from poverty through love affairs, radio soap-operas and “B” movies to political and spiritual power in Argentina. Most people know the show’s chart-topping single “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina,” but the show’s drama pulses with much more music and dance—emotional solos, stirring orchestral and choral pieces, vibrant bass and Latin guitar.

Home Hardware Building Centre and Home Furniture Stratford has given a boost to the set for the PEI production of “EVITA” by furnishing materials worth over a thousand dollars from its stock of hardware, building supplies, furniture and home decor. ACT has been purchasing items for its theatre sets from the Stratford firm for most of its thirty productions over more than a decade.

Design for the “EVITA” set is the work of Garney Gallant. It creates the streets of Buenos Aires, the stately facade of Argentina’s government house, a majestic funeral chapel, even a revolving door which changes its features as a succession of Eva Peron’s boyfriends passes through. Moveable set-pieces will transform the stage continually as cast members roll them to fresh positions.

Construction is taking place in two locations: not just at ACT’s warehouse, but also at Three Oaks Senior High School in Summerside, where construction leader (and teacher) Scott Harvey has engaged a team of students in the experience of building a theatrical set.

ACT’s production of “EVITA” will have almost 50 talented Islanders on stage, and a 15-piece orchestra in the pit. The director is Mark Ramsay, with music direction by Shirley Anne Cameron, choreography by Julia Sauvé, and costuming by Pam Jewell.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

“Evita” Preview Evening

ACT (a community theatre) will stage the Andrew Lloyd Webber blockbuster “EVITA” at the Confederation Centre in March 2009. Auditions will be held in the first week of September. To give potential participants a taste of the show, ACT offers a Preview Evening. It’s Wednesday, August 20th, 7 - 9:30, at the St. Peter’s parish hall (corner of Rochford & Fitzroy in Charlottetown). There’ll be excerpts from the recording and the Madonna movie, a video about Eva Peron’s life, information about the show and auditions and a singing-and-acting workshop ... even a Tango demonstration!

Information: robthomson @ pei.sympatico.ca or 628-6778

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