Evita

Date 9th March 2017
Society Alloa Musical Players
Venue Alloa Town Hall
Type of Production Musical
Director James Cassidy
Musical Director Simon Goldring
Choreographer Kaye Finlay

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Author: Mike Pendlowski

Deputising for my colleague Rep, Elizabeth Donald, whose best excuse was “being on holiday in New Zealand”, I was delighted to attend this most operatic of musicals, presented by a vibrant and talented group of performers.

First mention must go to the extremely well-drilled chorus, who, in each of their sung numbers, exuded the conviction necessary for the men and women of Argentina – ranging from their support for Eva to the outpouring of grief following her death.  The three leading characters, Eva, Peron and Che were superbly (and confidently) handled by Gabriella Christie, Darren Tasker and Stevie Imrie respectively. Che presents his opening number “Oh What a Circus” with conviction, and rarely leaves the stage thereafter, while Peron, the Minister of War for Argentina, remains steadfastly in character throughout, whilst achieving his aim as President of the new Argentina.  Gabriella Christie, in the title role, excels in all production aspects – her “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” surely being one of the many highlights of AMP’s production.  Similar sentiments must be attached to Eva and Che’s duet “High Flying Adored”.

Louise Stephenson as Peron’s Mistress and John McErlane as Magaldi complete the line-up of principals, and they, too, exhibited performing prowess in “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” and “Night of a Thousand Stars” respectively.

A static, but extremely workable set was supplied by Jack Murdoch. Full use of the varying heights in this was made by Director, James Cassidy.  Movement on a small stage was interestingly choreographed by Kaye Finlay, whilst the orchestra – which included a number of youth players – was well controlled by MD Simon Goldring.

Finally, congratulations go to Kate Paterson, to whom I was privileged to present a 40 year Long Service Award.

Well done to all at Alloa Musical Players!