Evita Auditions

The MMAS Black Box Theater is proud to announce auditions for “EVITA” at the MMAS Black Box Theater. Direction by Meg Quin Dussault, Music Direction by Shannon Stiles

Auditions: Monday, December 17, 2019 from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Callbacks: Wednesday, December 19, at 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION
Please note that auditions will take place at the “New” MMAS space at 888 South Main Street, Mansfield, MA, not the Black Box Theater.

PREPARE
Please prepare 32 bars of a musical theater song in the style of the show. Singing from the show is allowed but not required. Please bring music for an accompanist or a karaoke track to sing along to. A Cappella singing is not allowed for auditions. ALL ROLES ARE OPEN.

SIGN UP
Email our stage manager Sharon Silberman for a 5-minute audition slot: spoohs@aol.com

PERFORMANCE DATES
Spring of 2019: April 26, 27, 28, May 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12. Visit mmas.org for more details.
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REHEARSAL SCHEDULE
Based on actor availability. Initial rehearsals are two nights a week, then every day during tech week. Rehearsals slated to begin in February.

SHOW AND CHARACTER INFORMATION
Evita is based on the historical story of María Eva Duarte de Perón, a poor Argentinian girl who grows up to be the wife of the president of Argentina, worshipped by her people. As a young woman who longs for an acting career, fame, and fortune, Eva quickly learns that her feminine wiles hold power among a culture, and a political system, run by men. Once she makes it to Buenos Aires, Evita finds fame and power in her powers of seduction, eventually seducing the rising political figure, Juan Perón, who becomes the President of Argentina. As First Lady of Argentina, she aligns herself with the poor, winning herself, and Perón, popularity among Argentinians. Evita becomes a hero to the poor and the working class—and an enemy to the rich. A young and unknown revolutionary, Ché, narrates the rise and fall of the beloved matriarch of the Argentinian people. This blockbuster musical, made even more famous as a 1996 Hollywood film starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas, shows both the righteous determination, and the ruthless power, of Argentina’s 20th century matriarch.

CHARACTERS
Che: male lead, tenor, age range 18-35
This character is dashing, impulsive, jealous, and manipulative. Che is a political activist and the narrator of the show, a radical who isn’t reluctant to ask tough questions and demand answers. An actor/singer that must move very well with a high, rock tenor voice that can sing a low A to high B, falsetto to high F.

Juan Peron: male lead, baritone, age range 30-50
An officer in the Argentinean army who rises to become the Argentine President. He is a man who is dignified, charming, and authoritative. A strong actor and singer who can play character/leading man. Vocal bass/baritone to high F.

Eva Peron (Evita): female lead, mezzo, strong, powerful belt, plays age range of 15-33
Must be able to play ages 18 to 33 while projecting both a toughness and charisma. She is a beautiful, ambitious and power-seeking woman, who rises to become the spiritual leader of Argentina by the age of 26. She is also a woman of few options, who uses her sexuality to build power. The actor playing this role must be a trained vocalist with strong vocal stamina and excellent control. A legit Mezzo with a clear, strong mix that can belt to a high G and sing to a low E (below middle C). Must be a passionate and strong actor who can move well.

Augustin Magaldi: supporting role, tenor, age rage 30-40
A tango singer with whom Eva has her first love affair. A charming loser – never quite made it. Has the first number in the show, “On This Night of a Thousand Stars” and sets up the world in which Eva exists and establishes a Latin flavor to the piece, which is essential. He will also appear in the ensemble. A Latin American “personality” type and feel that needs to be bigger than life, but real at the same time. Sings high tenor High G.

Juan Peron’s Mistress: supporting role, soprano, age range 18-25 (portrays age 16)
A very beautiful, fragile, vulnerable, innocent young girl who plays Juan Peron’s teenaged Mistress. She is “dismissed” out of Peron’s life by his future wife, Eva. The Mistress ponders the rejection during her song, “Another Suitcase in Another Hall.” She will also appear in the ensemble. Must be able to move well and sing a low A to a high E.

Ensemble: we will be casting approximately 5 ensemble members as men, women, and children of Argentina

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