Allen & Karen Drescher
October 16 - November 17
Lyrics by Tim Rice, Music by Andrew Lloyd Weber
Argentina's controversial First Lady is the subject of this dynamic musical masterpiece. As an illegitimate 15-yearold, Eva escaped her dirt-poor existence for the bright lights of Buenos Aires. Driven by ambition and blessed with charisma, she became a starlet at 22, the president's mistress at 24, First Lady at 27, and dead at 33. Eva Peron—saint to the working-class, reviled by the aristocracy and mistrusted by the military—left a fascinating political legacy unique in the 20th century. Told through haunting chorales fused with exuberant Latin, pop and jazz influences, Evita creates an arresting theatrical portrait as complex as the woman herself.
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Camelot’s production of “Evita” runs from October 16 through November 17th. The production is directed by Camelot’s Artistic Director Livia Genise, with choreography by Genevieve Andreaessen assisted by Rebecca K. Campbell and musical direction by Mark Reppert. Starring in the title role is Camelot’s Artistic Associate and Conservatory Director Rebecca K. Campbell. Bob Jackson Miner takes on the role of Juan Peron with Erik Connolly as the shows narrator and Evit’as conscience, Che Guevarra. The cast of 22 includes Caitlin Campbell, Ricardo Cervantes, Jr., Julia Holden-Hunkins, Vanessa Hopkins, Rigo Jimenez, BriAnna Johnson, Joey Larimer, Kathleen Marrs, Jonathan Matthews, Laurie Morey, Marilyn Reppert, Derek Rosenlund, Lillie Shepherd and Daniel Stephens. Rounding our the cast are Camelot Conservatory students Madison Garren, Ava Parducci, Will Ransom and Sarah Stauff.
Musicians for “Evita” include musical director Mark Reppert (keyboard 1), Lori Calhoun (various instruments), Jesus Mendoza (trumpet), Karl Iverson (synthesizer) and Steve Sutfin (percussion). The production team includes Camelot’s resident designers: sound and audio/video designer Brian O’Connor, properties mistress Ella Nelson- Mahon and lighting designer Tatiana Watkins, with set design and carpentry by Camelot’s resident set designer, Don Zastoupil. Costume design is by Stephanie Jones; Julie Bangs is stage manager, assisted by Shelly Hall. Camelot’s production of “Evita” is sponsored by Paddington Station.
- Livia Genise ~ Director
- A former Broadway actress and Camelot’s Artistic Director for over eleven years, Livia Genise has both directed and starred in many Camelot productions, including “Jekyll & Hyde,” “All the King’s Men,” "Funny Girl,” “Rags,” “Gigi,” “Cabaret,” “Shenandoah, “Sockdology,” “Sweeney Todd” and “Master Class.”
- Genevieve Andreaessen ~ Choreographer
- Genevieve Andreaessen is a professional actress, dancer & choreographer trained at the Perry-Mansfield School of the Arts & Cornish College of the Arts. She regularly choreographs for various theaters, schools, arts programs and new works projects throughout Oregon and California. Andreaessen has served as an instructor for NWCTS in Portland, Oregon, where she taught classes in Shakespeare, acting technique, dance/movement & stage make-up. She served as the resident dance instructor for the First Stages program at Sellwood Bilingual and has been a returning faculty member for the last five years for Camelot Theatre’s Conservatory’s summer camp at SOU and, this summer, for its 6-week summer camp, culminating in a full production of “Cats.” She has appeared as guest artist & choreographer for The Catlin Gabel School, Molalla High School, Oregon Episcopal School, A Renaissance School & Stagecoach in Portland, Oregon. In 2011, she produced her first dance show, “The Anatomy of Falling,” featuring eight World premieres. In 2012, she served as head of dance program for Stagedoor Conservatory in the San Francisco. Andreaessen regularly coaches children and adults in dance & theatre skills. Professionally, she performs lyrical jazz, Broadway jazz, modern, hip hop & Argentine tango.
- Mark Reppert ~ Musical Director/Keyboard 1
- Mark studied conducting, composition, piano, and music history at the University of Southern California, graduating with a degree in B.A. in Music History in 1973 and completed a master’s degree in piano performance from Cal State University, Chico. He recently retired from a 33 year career in public schools music teaching. The last ten of those years was as director of award-winning choirs at North Medford High School. Mr. Reppert is now an active musician in the Rogue Valley. He is in his fourth year as director of the Siskiyou Singers in Ashland. He accompanies for the Jefferson State Choral Coalition, under the direction of Kirby Shaw, and works as a musician in many other capacities around the Valley. He has been the music director at Camelot Theatre for “Shenandoah,” “Cabaret,” “Secret Garden,” “Gigi,” “Spotlight on Mae West,” “White Christmas,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Gypsy,” “Woody Guthrie” and “The Sound of Music.”
- Rebecca K. Campbell ~ Evita/Assistant Choreographer
- Ms. Campbell was last seen as Maggie in CTC's production of 42nd Street. Other favorite performances at CTC including “Spotlight on Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme,” Betty in “White Christmas,” Anne in “Shenandoah” and “Spotlight on Judy Garland.” At CTC, Ms. Campbell also serves as the Conservatory Director and Artistic Associate and has directed such shows as “Gypsy,” “The Secret Garden,” “Into the Woods” and the Camelot Conservatory productions “CATS,” “Anything Goes,” “Into the Woods,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.,” “ Cinderella,” “Honk Jr.!” and “Once Upon A Mattress.” Campbell has also choreographed numerous CTC musicals such as “42nd Street,” “The Sound of Music,” “Gypsy,” “White Christmas,” “Rags,” “Shenandoah,” “Promises Promises,” “Meet Me In St. Louis,” “A Little Night Music,” “Children of Eden,” “Camelot” and “Zorba.” She teaches Language Arts and Social Studies at the Crater School of Business, Innovation and Science, and holds a B.A. in Vocal Performance and History from Pacific University, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from SOU.
- Erik Connolly ~ Che
- This past summer, Erik Connolly was seen as Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables” at Klamath Falls' Ross Ragland Theater. Roles with Camelot include Caleb in “The Spitfire Grill,” and 2012’s “Spotlight on Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme.” In other theaters he has played roles in both musical theater and classical genres, including Frederic in “Pirates of Penzance,” Georg in “She Loves Me,” Motel in “Fiddler on the Roof,” Billy in “Anything Goes,” Matt in “The Fantasticks,” Lead Performer in “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris,” Gastone in “La Traviata,” and the title role in “Candide. “While growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Connolly received dramatic training at The American Conservatory Theater's Young Conservatory, and he hold a degree in vocal performance from SOU.
- Bob Jackson Miner ~ Juan Perón
- Actor, singer, musician, voice coach, and Harmonica Bob™ – Bob Jackson Miner has a fun and varied career. He served as on air host for the FOX TV Network's Kids Club, in West Texas for 4 years; performed and toured with multiple bands in the US, Mexico, Malaysia, Canada and Jamaica; produced six albums for various artists and 36 jingles for radio and television; and performed in over thirty musical theater productions including 13 at Camelot Theatre.