Evita

Date 29th October 2021
Society CAOS Musical Society
Venue Rhoose Community Centre
Type of Production Musical
Director Chris Banks [assisted by Natalia Taylor]
Musical Director Diane Normansell
Choreographer Natalia Taylor

Report

Author: Allan Mears

Written by Tim Rice with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Evita tells the story of the first lady of Argentina, Eva, who unashamedly sleeps her way up the social ladder until she meets Colonel Juan Peron.

Eva played by Ellie Hoare had the unenviable task of filling the shoes of one of the most iconic musical female lead roles, a woman in love with her country but loving herself just a little bit more. This was performed with conviction and  delivered a stand out performance, the gradual onset of Eva's illness was very well played.

Che played by Chris Williams offered his cynical commentary with some biting irony. He developed a good rapport with the audience, good stage presence and told the story well.

Juan Peron played by Nick Pratt was a very believable character who conveyed his feelings for Eva admirably

Magaldi played by Chris Banks gave a believable performance as the sleazy night-club singer.

Mistress played by Angelique Duff demonstrated an outstanding voice and fine stage presence delivering ‘Another suitcase in Another Hall’ with great pathos,

The set, although very simple was fit for purpose, and the famous balcony scene worked well .Lighting and sound were good, and the whole performance moved along at a good pace. However, at times the stage was left empty for long periods of time un-connecting the audience’s engagement, this was most evident in ‘Peron's Latest Flame’.

On the whole a very enjoyable evening’s entertainment.