Arvada Center Presents Evita

Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Directed by Rod A. Lansberry

Cast: Alan Bennett (Ensemble), Stephen Bertles (Ensemble), Damiana Bruenger (Children's Ensemble), Jimmy Bruenger (Children's Ensemble), Chelley Canales (Ensemble), Jenny Cipolla (Children's Ensemble), Enrique Cruz DeJesus (Ensemble/US Perón), Rochelle Gallup (Ensemble), Elena Gutierrez (Mistress/Ensemble), Anna Hanson (Ensemble), Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck (Ensemble/Dance Captain), Robert Hoppe (Ensemble), Rikki James (Ensemble), Antonio Jimenez (Ensemble/US Che), Lisa Karlin (Evita), Jessica Laulhere (Ensemble/US Mistress), Jillian Lee (Ensemble), Mario Martinez (Ensemble), Tricia Moreland (Children's Ensemble), Ryan Norris (Children's Ensemble), Shaun Perry (Magladi), Matthew D. Peters (Ensemble), Rob Reynolds (Ensemble), Jeffrey Roark (Perón), Rayne Spicer Robinson (Children's Ensemble), Ellie Schwartz (Children's Ensemble), Max Schwartz (Children's Ensemble), Michelle Sergeeff (Ensemble), Andrew Start (Ensemble/US Magaldi), David Villella (Che), Emma von Tscharner (Children's Ensemble), Sharon Kay White (Ensemble), Brooke Wilson (Ensemble/US Evita)
Production Staff: Rod A. Lansberry (Director/Artistic Producer), Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck (Choreographer/DanceCaptain), David Nehls (Musical Director), Brian Mallgrave (Set Designer), Gail Gober (Lighting Designer),  Steve Stevens (Sound Designer), Chris Campbell (Costume Designer), Amy Stringe (Props), Lisa A. Kurtz (Stage Manager), Lisa Cook (Assistant Stage Manager), Keith Ewer (Assistant to the Musical Director), Adam Stolte (Technical Manager), Nick Cimyotte (Technical Director), Dave Cimyotte (Lead Technician), Elizabeth Zumfelde (Head of Wardrobe), Jon Olson (Master Electrician), Grant Evenson (Lead Sound Technician) Sarah Opstad (Wigs)

ARVADA, CO - The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities presents the Tony Award®-winning, larger-than-life musical, Evita, opening April 21, 2009 in the Main Stage Theater.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's music swoons in heartfelt fashion in Evita--a modern musical that audiences worldwide adore. This Tony Award®-winning masterpiece is about the beautiful and charismatic Eva Perón and her rise from the poor slums of Argentina to a powerfully influential leading lady in world politics. It is an awe-inspiring story told through song, featuring a show stopping score including Don't Cry for Me Argentina. Evita is a glamorous, powerful and fiery account of the world's first major political celebrity.

Evita is directed by Rod A. Lansberry, the Arvada Center's Artistic Producer. Rod most recently directed the critically acclaimed production of Les Misérables, which earned a Denver Post Ovation Award for Best Musical, as well as numerous other awards. In previous seasons, he has also directed Buddy…The Buddy Holly Story, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, La Cage aux Folles, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Full Monty, Violet and The Women.

Lisa Karlin returns to the Arvada Center to star as Evita, after last being seen in AIDA. Favorite credits include Chicago, Into the Woods and A New Brain. Lisa also appeared in the national tour of Cats.

Jeffrey Roark also returns to the Arvada Center, this time to play Perón. Jeffrey was most recently seen in the Center's production of The Crucible, as well as Jekyll & Hyde and The Secret Garden. Other Denver credits include White Christmas, King Lear, A Christmas Carol, Rocky Horror Picture Show and SWING!.

David Villella plays Che and was previously on the Arvada Center stage in Pippin and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat. New York credits include the revival of Annie Get Your Gun and Candide. David also appeared in the U.S. and German national tours of Cats. Favorite regional credits are Ragtime, Man of La Mancha and West Side Story.

Shaun Parry makes his Arvada Center debut as Magaldi. Shaun has been seen in the Broadway production and tour of Phantom of the Opera, the Broadway tour of Cats and was in the off-Broadway original cast of Beowulf. Regional credits include All Shook Up, West Side Story, Man of La Mancha, SWING! and Beauty and the Beast.

Elena Gutierrez makes her Arvada Center debut as well, to play Mistress. Elena just finished the Las Vegas Company's production of Mama Mia. Favorite credits include A Chorus Line, Crazy for You, Street Scene, Hello, Dolly! and Emerald Man.

Other familiar actors appearing in Evita include Stephen Bertles, Jimmy Bruenger, Rochelle Gallulp, Rob Reynolds, Michelle Sergeeff and Sharon Kay White.

For tickets, call the Arvada Center box office at (720) 898-7200, log on to or visit the Arvada Center box office at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, CO.

Prices start at $45.

Opening April 21, 2009
Tuesday - Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday matinees at 1:00 p.m.

Preview performances run April 17 - 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m.--FIRST FRIDAY! Pre-show appetizer reception. As always, first drink is on us! Call by April 21 to reserve your place.

Friday, Friday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. & Wednesday, May 6 at 1:00 p.m.--INSIDER'S TALK BACK--Talk back with members of the cast and production team following the performance and have a drink on us.

Saturday, May 16 at 2:00 p.m.--Audio-described performance, to accommodate patrons who are blind or have low vision.

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is one of the nation’s largest cultural attractions, devoted to all aspects of the arts. It is generously supported by the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). For more information on the Center’s galleries, call the Arvada Center box office at (720) 898-7200 or visit

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