Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by Tim Rice
Winner of 7 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Evita is the passionate, exhilarating story of Eva Perón who used her charisma and charms to rise from her penniless origins to political power as the first lady of Argentina at the age of 27. Acclaimed and adored as a champion of the poor, her glamour, power and greed ended with her heart-breaking death at an early age. With an electrifying score of pop, jazz and Latin influences, Evita is filled with unforgettable Broadway numbers including its grand anthem, “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.”
PRESENTING SPONSOR: Bobbie Olsen
Due to popular demand… we have added more performances:
Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 7:30pm
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 2:00pm
*Members of the Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
Enrique Acevedo* (Perón) Off-Broadway: Giant (The Public Theater), The Countess of Storyville (Antonio, opposite Deborah Cox), Zapata! - The Musical (Emiliano Zapata, Best Performance Award), Zorba (Encores! City Center), Latin Heat, Petunia. European Tours: Grease (Danny), Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas). Asian Tour: The King and I (Lun Tha). National Tours: Bombay Dreams (u/s Vikram), West Side Story (Bernardo). Regional: In The Heights (Kevin), Evita (Perón), Miss Saigon (John), Man of La Mancha (Pedro), Camelot (Papermill Playhouse), The King and I (The King), Paint Your Wagon (Julio), Hatuey - A Memory of Fire (Hernan Cortez), Carmen La Cubana (Theatre du Chatelet, Paris).
Paul Aguirre* (Eva’s Lover, Ensemble, u/s Magaldi) was last seen in Riverside’s Miss Saigon and is thrilled to return to Vero Beach in Evita. National Tours: Billy Elliot (Big Davey), Seussical w/Cathy Rigby and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Papa Who/cast recording) at MSG. Regional: In The Heights (Kevin Rosario & Piragua Guy), Billy Elliot (Mr. Braithwaite), Guys & Dolls, Joseph..., Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar (Herod), The Wiz (Lion), Young Frankenstein (Victor), and Twist: An American Musical (Mr. Potlatch) directed/choreographed by Debbie Allen. For more, please visit PaulAguirre.com. Love to David, Nikki and Arya. Paul forever dedicates his work to Ma for her never-ending love and support.
Nicole Benoit* (Ensemble) is channeling Eva Perón and outstretching her arms in pride and victory to be debuting at the Riverside Theatre with this remarkable production! Favorite credits: The Producers (Ulla); Chicago (Roxie, Hunyak, Kitty); Cabaret (Sally Bowles); My Fair Lady (US & Asian Tour); Paper Mill Playhouse; Pittsburgh CLO. TV/Print: Target, “Inside Amy Schumer,” New York Magazine, Emily Hsu Designs. To my #TEAM: te amo eternamente! Follow Nicole and her adventures at www.NicoleBenoitOnline.com @nicolebenoitonline.
Baylin Bischoff (Young Eva) lives in Vero Beach and attends Saint Edward’s School. She is in the second grade, and her favorite subjects are Language Arts and Science. Baylin is a current student at Riverside Children’s Theatre and thoroughly enjoys attending acting workshops, summer programs, and performing in plays. She most recently played the role of King Julien in the summer performance of Madagascar. She also enjoys playing soccer, dancing, and reading. Baylin would like to thank her mom and dad, her grandparents, and her siblings for their love and support.
Theo Blumstein (Ensemble) is from Vero Beach and graduated from Florida State University with a BA in Theatre and Political Science. He has most recently been seen on the Stark Stage in The Cat in the Hat (The Cat) and Emmet Otter's Jug-band Christmas (Russ). Some of his favorite credits include: Avenue Q (Trekkie Monster), And Then There Were None (Lombard), Little Shop of Horrors (Mr. Mushnik), and The Fantasticks (El Gallo). After growing up learning from Riverside Theatre he is thrilled to return as a Performance Apprentice!
Nathaniel Burich* (Officer, Ensemble) is super excited to be at Riverside. Originally from Greensboro, PA and a Point Park University graduate. Selected credits: Evita (Rep. of St. Louis), Hunchback of Notre Dame (Fulton), Titanic the Musical National Tour, The Student Prince and Jekyll & Hyde (PCLO), Chicago (Prather), Donn Arden’s Jubilee! In Las Vegas, Hunchback of Notre Dame and Tarzan (PMT). Thank you to his family and Cole for their endless support. For Dad.
Juan Caballer* (Ensemble) Riverside debut! Regional credits: Guys and Dolls (The Old Globe, Asolo Rep), Evita (Asolo Rep), Empire (new musical, La Mirada Theatre), Pablo in Sister Act (Theatre by the Sea/Arkansas Rep), Huck Finn in Big River (Perf Riverside), American Idiot (La Mirada), West Side Story (Candlelight Pavalion), Big Fish (Moonlight), Singin’ in the Rain (MTW). Dedicating this performance to LaRece Hawkins, I miss you daily, my love. Instagram: @juancaballer. www.juancaballer.com
Michelle Cabinian* (Ensemble) is delighted to be making her Riverside debut in Evita! Credits include: Hereafter the Musical (Off-Broadway); Uncharted and Bottle Shock (Ars Nova); Somewhere, Once On This Island, and Cubamor (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley); The Grinch (The Old Globe); In The Heights (Moonlight Stage); Pal Joey (42nd Street Moon). Proud alum of Santa Clara University. Thanks to God. Lots of love to Matt, Mom, Marianne, and Jen! IG: @michellecabinian. www.michellecabinian.com
Edgar Cavazos* (Officer, Ensemble) is a Mexican actor thrilled to be making his Riverside debut! Recently he was seen at the Metropolitan Opera production of Aida. Off-Broadway: Comfort Women, A new musical. National Tour: Jesus Christ Superstar. Regional: Evita (Bay Street), In The Heights (Virginia Rep), West Side Story (Pennsylvania Shakespeare), Jesus Christ Superstar (Broadway Palm). Gratitude to my family and friends, but especially to my husband Rolando Leal for all of his support. Instagram @eddycavazos
Halley Cianfarini* (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to Riverside after loving her time here for Hello, Dolly! in 2016! Forum (Tintinnabula) at Bay Street Theatre (with Marcia Milgrom Dodge!); Proof (Claire) at Oldcastle Theatre Company, Trojan Women, Christmas Carol (Belle) at Berkshire Theatre Festival, Chicago (June) at The Little Theatre on the Square. Film: Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock (Earthlight Player). Halley is a certified Pilates and yoga instructor, grew up in the Berkshires, and once held a job taking aura photos. BA Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College. www.HalleyCianfarini.com Love to Mom, Dad, and Jesse. Huge gratitude and love to Marcia and Wojcik-Seay Casting!!
Tyler Alexa Colgan (Child, Supplemental Extra) is extremely excited to join the cast of Evita and looks forward to an amazing experience. Tyler lives in Vero Beach with her family and attends Saint Edward’s School. She is in the seventh grade and her favorite subjects are History and English. Tyler has appeared in several theatre productions in Vero Beach. You may have seen her in School House Rock, Tom Sawyer, and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown to name just a few. Tyler is also an avid reader and accomplished pianist. She would like to thank her Mom, Dad, and triplet brothers for their love and support.
Hunter Cook (Child, Supplemental Extra), 10, is very excited to be making his debut appearance in a musical. When he was 5 years old, he sang at the Annual Talent Show at Liberty Magnet and has been singing at the Christmas pageants at St. Paul’s Church since. When he was 7 years old, he was the youngest to sing at the amateur singing contest at the Firefighters’ Fair and won 3rd place. Hunter enjoys singing and playing guitar. He’s a straight “A” student who loves math and science.
Natalie Cortez* (Eva) is thrilled to be returning to the Riverside Theatre! She was last seen here as the title character in Knightlife: The Girl Who Would Be King as well as Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes. Broadway: Diana Morales in A Chorus Line (Cast Recording); Anita in West Side Story. The Public Theatre: she originated the role of Juana in Giant (CR); Aurora Aquino in Here Lies Love (CR); World Premiere of Moulin Rouge. This summer she had the honor of performing with Rita Moreno and The Boston Pops for the July 4th broadcast.
Giovanni Da Silva (Brother, Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his Riverside Theatre debut with this incredible company. Recent Credits: A Chorus Line (International Tour), New York City Opera (Principal Dancer), Leonard Bernstein’s Candide (French European Tour), West Side Story (Virginia Repertory Theatre), Kiss Me Kate, La Cage Aux Folles (Virginia Musical Theater). Originally from Los Angeles and recent graduate of Syracuse University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Much love and thanks to the entire cast, crew and creative Team. Ti amo mãe e pai. Obrigado por tudo, Bejos. Instagram: @giovannidsilva
Daniela Delahuerta (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her Riverside Theatre debut! She is a Native Mexican and graduate of AMDA New York. Daniela’s favorite credits include: West Side Story (Consuelo), Chicago (Liz), Memphis (Beale St. Ensemble), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Alice/Ensemble), and Legally Blonde (Kate/Ensemble). Daniela would like to thank her family for their support and love. Special thanks to Gosha, “is a bloob?” www.DanielaDelahuerta.com
Dena DiGiacinto* (Mother, Ensemble, Dance Captain) is thrilled to be making her debut at Riverside Theatre in one of her favorite shows! Broadway: A Chorus Line. Other favorites: Evita (National Tour), Oklahoma, 9 to 5, and Joseph...Dreamcoat, (STAGES St. Louis), The Drowsy Chaperone (Peninsula Players), Mary Poppins (John W. Engeman), Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Pioneer Theatre Company), Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Beauty and The Beast and The Wizard of Oz (Variety Theatre). Much gratitude to Marcia and Wojcik/Seay Casting for this opportunity, Lisa for the guidance and inspiration, my family and my teammate in life, Drew, for always supporting the dream!
Audrey Dowdell (Child, Supplemental Extra) is a 6th grade student at Storm Grove Middle School where she maintains an A average and is active in Band and Orchestra (trumpet and viola). She has been involved in music, dance, and theatre since the age of two, performing with Dance Space, Riverside Children’s Theatre, and Indian River Charter High School. Some of her credits include: Augustus Gloop in Willy Wonka Kids, Abu in Aladdin Kids, Snug the Lion in Midsummer Night's Dream, Police Officer in Pirates of Penzance, Young Clara in Nutcracker in Swingtime, and Naughty Manatee in Ballet Vero Beach's premiere of Nutcracker on the Indian River.
Iliana Garcia* (Mistress, Sister, Ensemble) is thrilled to make her Riverside Theatre debut! She was recently seen in the Orlando Shakes production of In the Heights (Nina). Other Theatre Credits: John W. Engeman Theater: In the Heights (Carla), Wheelock Family Theatre: In the Heights (Vanessa), Flat Rock Playhouse: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Sally), The Music Man, Annie, 9 to 5, Joseph...Dreamcoat, Circa '21: Fiddler on the Roof (Chava), GLOW Lyric Theatre: Hot Mikado (Yum-Yum). TV/Film: “Blue Bloods,” Around & Around. Much love to her wildly supportive family, and The Price Group! www.ilianagarcia.net. Instagram: @ilianamgarcia
Samantha Gershman* (Ensemble, u/s Eva) is beyond excited to come back to the Riverside Theatre, where she was last seen as Rosalia in West Side Story. Samantha just finished a production of Evita at St. Louis Rep., where she had the opportunity to play the title role! She recently joined the musical improv troupe of Broadway’s Next Hit Musical. Some of her favorite roles include: A Chorus Line (Diana Morales), The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet Van DeGraaff), Disney's Aladdin (Jasmine) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie). Other favorite credits include: Jekyll & Hyde — South Korean Tour, Smokey Joe's Cafe, The Who’s Tommy and Beehive. Special thanks to Marcia and her wonderful creative team here at Riverside Theatre. Also, a big thank you to Gayle, Scott and Holly at Wojcik|Seay Casting. Samantha, an AMDA alumni, continues to reside in NYC with her theatre family! All of my love to Mom, Dad and my very supportive, big brother, Blake :)
Jeff Gorti* (Officer, Ensemble, u/s Che) NYC: Closer Than Ever (Edison Ballroom), Mansoon Wedding (Workshop), New World (Workshop), Mayor DeBlasio's Inner Circle (Abbey O’Brien), Kicking and Screaming (Lorin Latarro), You Me I We (Workshop). Recent regional: Damn Yankees (Pittsburgh CLO), Pool Boy (Pittsburgh CLO), Evita (PA Shakespeare Festival), The Who's Tommy (Pittsburgh Playhouse), Footloose (Weathervane Playhouse) Soul Rockin Nights (NCL w/ Mark Kanemura). Film: Isn't It Romantic w/ Rebel Wilson. TV: “The Today Show” w/ Kathie Lee. Love to my family and MSA! Proud member of AEA and PPU Alum. Follow @jeffgorti
Juan Guillen* (Officer, Ensemble, u/s Perón) is excited to be a part of this beautiful production of Evita! National Tour: Mamma Mia! (Swing/Eddie US). Other Favorites: Evita at Bay Street Theatre, Spelling Bee (Leaf) 3DT, Drowsy Chaperone (Gangster #2) 3DT, Sunset Blvd (Myron) MTW, In The Heights at MTW, Aladdin A Musical Spectacular (Swing) DCA, Juan would like to thank the team at Riverside Theatre, Holly Buczek and Wojcik|Seay Casting for this opportunity, Brad and his family for all their love and support. Enjoy the show!
Insta: @juanguillenactor Twitter: @Juan_Guillen
Edgar Lopez* (Ensemble) is very excited to be making his Riverside Theatre debut! Regional credits include: West Side Story, Godspell, Anything Goes, Evita, Chicago, Bullets over Broadway (Phoenix Theatre), The Drowsy Chaperone (The Wick Theatre), 9 to 5 (Oregon Cabaret), Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Short North Stage), Mary Poppins, West Side Story, Spamalot, Fiddler on the Roof (Pacific Conservatory Theatre), The Pirates of Penzance (Sacramento Theatre Company). Thanks to the fam and to everyone here at Riverside Theatre. Enjoy!
Angel Lozada* (Che) recently appeared in ACT of Connecticut’s production of Evita as Che. Other credits include: u/s Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Chicago Lyric, ensemble in “Jesus Christ Superstar LIVE” on NBC alongside John Legend and Sara Bareilles. When Angel is not performing he is pumping iron at the gym, spending time with his nephews, and attempting to get his curls cute. He would like to thank HCKR and Wojcik/Seay for the chance to work on such an important story. Also, Love you Mom and Dad! Instagram: @imangellozada
Ben Lundy (Ensemble) is from Gulf Shores, AL and a musical theatre graduate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Recently seen in Riverside Theatre's Cat in the Hat (Thing 1) and Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (Pa Otter). Some of his other favorite credits include: Hairspray (Corny Collins), A Little Night Music (Henrik), Spring Awakening (Ernst), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander), and Avenue Q (Princeton). He is excited to be working with Riverside Theatre as a Performance Apprentice! Thanks to God, the fam jam, and friends! Be a Light! benjlundy.com
Erica Mancini* (Accordion Player, Ensemble) fell in love with the accordion while wandering the streets of a Tuscan village. Born to Argentine parents in Chicago, she now lives in NYC, where she performs as a singer/multi-instrumentalist/bandleader and as a circus artist (the only one in the world to play accordion upside-down while on aerial silks). She was featured on the “John Oliver Show,” has collaborated with several Grammy-nominated artists, and recently made her acting debut in the immersive theater show Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini (Speakeasy Dollhouse). She has upcoming performance at Lincoln Center, and will also be playing in Irondale Theater’s Galileo in the Spring. Instagram: @ericamariemancini
Adam Mandala* (Eva’s Lover, Officer, Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to the Riverside Theatre! Adam is a proud Jersey native and graduate of Temple University. Regional: Mamma Mia (Riverside and Walnut Street Theatre); Newsies (Coastal Carolina); West Side Story, On the Town (Finger Lakes MTF). Television: “iCarly” (dancer); “30 Rock” (featured role). Cruise: Royal Caribbean (Independence of the Seas). You can catch him back here at Riverside in the spring in Legally Blonde the Musical, a co-production with Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre. Endless love for the friends and family. For Grandma Annie. Website: adammandala.com Instagram: @adammandallla
Félix Marchany (Ensemble) is thrilled to return to Buenos Aires after being featured in Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s critically-acclaimed production last Summer. National tours: Rent (DC/Swing/Angel U/S). Select regional credits: the US Spanish Language Premiere of In The Heights (Helen Hayes Award Winner for Piragua Guy), West Side Story (Pepe), Priscilla...Desert (Farrah), and more! Proud graduate of the University of California, Irvine: BFA in Music Theatre and BA in Dance Performance. Eternally grateful to Lucille DiCampli and the LDC Team, Wojcik/Seay Casting, Riverside Theatre, friends, family and God. @felix_the_fierce
Martín Solá* (Magaldi) is thrilled to join the cast of Evita as Magaldi. He has recently returned from The Beijing Music Festival where he appeared in The Orphan of Zhao, lead by director Chen Shi-Zheng. On Broadway, he has appeared in On Your Feet, The King and I, Coram Boy and Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème. In New York City, Martín has appeared in Fanny and Pipe Dream with City Center Encores; Miss You Like Hell and Giant at The Public Theater; and he was a member of the distinguished Public Shakespeare Lab. For more info visit www.martinsola.com.
Sofia Tosches (Supplemental Extra) is a Performance Apprentice at Riverside Theatre. She graduated in May 2018 with her BFA in Theatre Performance from Belmont University. She was most recently seen as Mayor Harrison Fox in the regional premiere of Emmet Otter's Jug-band Christmas (Riverside Theatre). Other favorite credits include: Thing 2 in The Cat in the Hat (Riverside Theatre), O.G. Howland in Men on Boats (Actors Bridge Ensemble), and Catherine Wolfe Donohue in These Shining Lives (Belmont University) She is thrilled to story tell alongside such a talented cast and production team. Sofia would like to thank her family and friends for their ongoing love and support as she journeys through post grad life. And she would also like to welcome her grandparents, Jean and Dominic, to Vero Beach and thank them for coming to the show. Today is a beautiful day to make art! sofiatosches.com
Gina Ventura (Ensemble) is ecstatic to be making her Riverside Theatre debut! A proud Jersey girl, she holds her BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, and a Masters Degree in Dance Education from Rutgers University. Credits include: Roll Out The Barrel (Busch Gardens Williamsburg) and Dreamgirls (Skyline Theatre Company). Gina is also a choreographer, having worked with the NJ Arts Collective and Poughkeepsie NY’s Half Moon Theatre. Next up, Gina is set to choreograph the smash-hit new musical, Hit Her With The Skates, (written by Christine Rea-Briskin/Rick Briskin, and directed by Michael Schiralli), heading to Off-Broadway in 2019. #13
Lily Warner (Ensemble) is thrilled to be a Performance Apprentice this season! Regional: Riverside Theatre: Cat In The Hat (Fish); The Keegan Theatre: The Bridges of Madison County (Carolyn); Pioneer Playhouse: Drinking Habits (Sister Mary Catherine), World Premiere of Guarded (Elena). Educational: Equus (Dora), Picnic (Christine). Proud alum of JMU with a BA in Theatre Performance. Major shoutout to Mom, Dad, Hannah, Canaan, and Sailor for their endless love and encouragement. God Bless. lily-warner.com
Director, Choreographer: Marcia Milgrom Dodge
Associate Director / Choreographer: Michael Baxter
Music Director: Anne Shuttlesworth
Scenic Designer: Michael Schweikardt
Costume Designer: Richard St. Clair
Wig Designer: Kurt Alger
Lighting Designer: Yael Lubetzky
Sound Designer: Craig Beyrooti
Casting: Wojcik | Seay Casting
Stage Manager: Mark Johnson*
Assistant Stage Manager: Amy Bertacini*