Theater auditions: ‘Evita’ in Winter Haven

An audition notice for the Theatre Winter Haven production of Evita:

Theatre Winter Haven announces auditions for Evita will be held at the Chain of Lakes Complex located at 210 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven.  Audition dates are June 5 at 2 PM and June 6 at 7 PM.  The show will run July 22 – August 7, 2011.

This show will be directed by Katrina Ploof. (Ms. Ploof appeared in the national tour directed by Harold Prince.)  It will be choreographed by Kevin Davis.

Breakdown:

  • Evita: 16-33, strong actress/stronger singer, must move very well, belter with head mix, low E to high G belt;
  • Che: 25-35, strong actor/stronger singer, must move very well, tenor/high baritone, low A to high B, falsetto to high F;
  • Peron: mid-40s, strong actor/ singer, character leading man, bass/baritone to high F;
  • Mistress: 18+ to play 16, actress/singer, very pretty, innocent, soprano, low A to high E, also in ensemble;
  • Magaldi: 30s, actor/singer, character leading man, eccentric comic flair, tenor/high baritone to high G, prefer high B, also in ensemble;
  • Ensemble:  15 men, 5 women, mix of ages 18-70, large group of adult men to play military generals, minimum age 30; all ensemble must be excellent singers with strong Broadway and rock/pop vocal styling; all ensemble must be good to very good movers, dance background a big plus;
  • Children:  2 boys, 2 girls  5-11 years, must be good singers and movers.

For scheduling purposes please note, only actors with clear availability for the month of July, 2011 will be considered.  No conflicts will be accepted after July 4.  All actors will be allowed a maximum of 2 conflicts for the month of June.

Production history and plot

Because of its great success in London, Evita was a practically pre-sold hit when it began its run on Broadway. Based on events in the life on Argentina’s strong-willed leader Eva Peron, the musical — with Patti LuPone in the title role — traced her rise from struggling actress to wife of dictator Juan Peron (Bob Gunton), and virtual co-ruler of the country. Though the plot was told entirely through song, and had originally been conceived as a project for records, the razzle-dazzle staging of Harold Prince turned Evita into an exciting theatrical concept that has been hailed throughout the world. Of no little help, of course, has been the universal popularity of the haunting melody, “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina.” The film version, starring Madonna, was released in December of 1996.

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