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Hopewell Theatre brings 'Evita' to the stage this week

Maureen Gorman Stenglein stars as Evita Peron in Hopewell Theatre's production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical.

YOUNGSTOWN — Hopewell Theatre will bring “Evita” to the stage for six performances in October and November.

“Evita” is the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical that opened in London in 1978, where it ran for 2900 performances, and then landed on Broadway in September 1979, where it ran for nearly four years. 

“Evita” is the story of Eva Duarte Peron, wife of Argentine President Juan Peron, and the “guardian angel” of the people of her country during her short but very visible time in the public eye. Rice and Webber tell their tale as a series of musical scenes that follow Evita from her lowly beginnings to her hoped-for place as Madame President and premature death in 1952.

Local Maureen Gorman Stenglein stars as Evita Peron. Other local principal actors are Shannon Stenglein, Keri Jennings, Garry Clark and Matthew DiBattiste. Rounding out the cast are Rebecca Clark, John Dalbec, Niki Latsko, Jill McBride, Jennifer Milligan, Dan Reay, Regina Reynolds, JoAnne Santagata and Bob Smart.

Marlene Menaldi Strollo is directing, with musical direction by Ed Phillips and choreography by Lori George.

“Evita” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 1-2, and at 2 p.m. Oct. 27 and Nov. 3. Tickets are $17 for general admission and $14 for senior citizens (65+) and students. For reservations, go to hopewelltheatre.org or call 330-746-5455. The theater is located at 702 Mahoning Ave.