PRiMA Theatre is offering a fresh imagining of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s EVITA, known to theatre audiences as a musical masterpiece. “Our take on EVITA will offer a new look at a historic story that carries universal themes.” says the show’s director, Mitch Nugent. “It’s a story about obsessively striving for a better life for yourself, obsession with the ladder of success, and then coming to the tragic realization that all that truly lasts are your legacy and love. I’m also excited to explore the relationship between the press and those in political power.” 

PRiMA’s production boasts a cast of over 50 people, while featuring some impressive talent. Nugent says, “Our aim is to honor the culture and history of Eva Perón, while leaning deeply into a focus on how the story mirrors today’s societal issues and demographics.” 

Cara Clase (Eva Perón)

Cara is excited to be in her first musical production with PRiMA, having recently been a featured performer in Retro Remix. She is an economics graduate student at the University of Delaware with an interest in researching public finance. Credits include Aida (Aida), Rent (JoAnne), and Cabaret (Sally Bowles). 

Jay Poff (Che)

Jay is thrilled to be on the PRiMA Theatre stage as a proud member of Actors' Equity Association. He holds degrees in Music Business & Vocal Performance. from Lee University and has coached with Stephen Schwartz, John Bucchino, Jason Robert Brown, and Shoshana Bean. Since 2012, Jay has been seen on stages throughout Central PA (The Fulton Theatre, Sight & Sound Theatre, Gretna Theatre, Media Theatre, and PRiMA Theatre), and his favorite regional credits include Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Dr. FrankNFurter in The Rocky Horror Show, Freddie in Chess, The Emcee in Cabaret, Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon (Eastern U.S. premier), and Moses in the world premier of Moses

Robert Bigley (Juan Perón)

Robert is honored to return to the PRiMA stage in this iconic role having previously appeared in ChessThe Music of West Side Story, and Back to the 80s. Other regional appearances have included Newsies (Seitz), Big the Musical (MacMillan), and HMS Pinafore (Dick Deadeye). Dr. Bigley is Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Lancaster Bible College and founding Director of the Trust Performing Arts Center. 

EVITA follows the unprecedented life of Eva Perón. Otherwise known as Evita, Eva uses her beauty and charisma to rise from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. She won international acclaim and adoration from her own people as a champion of the poor, while glamour and power made her the world’s first major female political celebrity. EVITA tells Eva’s passionate and tragic story through Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most dazzling and beloved score, which includes “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” and “High Flying Adored,” together with “You Must Love Me,” the Oscar-winning hit from the feature film starring Madonna.

EVITA plays for two weekends only, September 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at Willow Valley Communities luxurious 480-seat Cultural Center Theater. 

Thought I needed the numbers on my side. Thought the more that loved me, the more loved I’d be. But such things cannot be multiplied.
— Evita