Curious Clips: Excerpts from the Curious Report
Thursday, August 10
WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT...
working again within our Xchange Xperience program where students from San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts work alongside a professional cast and crew to bring you a version of the award-winning musical EVITA that is packed with extraordinary talent, energy and heart.
Told through a compelling score that fuses haunting chorales with exuberant Latin, pop and jazz influences, EVITA creates an arresting theatrical portrait as complex as the woman herself. “The score for EVITA is the most mature music Andrew Lloyd Webber ever wrote. EVITA uses two different styles of music to differentiate between elements of the story: Latin forms to accompany less sincere, more manipulative moments; and his own rock/pop musical language for expressions of honest emotion, fear, love, passion, anger. The one exception is the melody that is the spine for the entire score, "Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina," which straddles both worlds in its fullest expression at the beginning of Act II.” Noted Scott Miller, author of Strike Up The Band: A New History of Musical Theatre. It was this mastery that all of the artistic team was drawn to.
Also, we selected this piece in the months leading up to the Nov 2016 election. It addressed some of the things we were grappling with, especially how women in politics are viewed/treated as well as the overwhelming power of populism. Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse chose to direct this play himself because he felt, “EVITA is more than a musical masterpiece. The story is amazingly relevant today—a true story about a charismatic personality with no governing experience who rides ambition, opportunity and a wave of populism to political triumph and power.”
Also, at its heart, EVITA is a double love story. There is the obvious romance between Eva and Juan Perón. But this story is also about the love between Eva and the people of Argentina, the working class descamisados with whom Eva grew up. They loved her deeply and she loved them back. There are many blurred lines between fact and fiction when it comes to this story, but the millions of Argentinians loved their Evita. It is our hope that you get to experience a little of that passion in our production. Enjoy!