Northlink College’s Performing Arts Department staged the musical Evita in September 2014 at the Bellville Civic Theatre.
For those that do not know, this award winning musical (music by Andrew Lloyed Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice) is set in Argentina and tells the story of the rise and fall of First Lady Eva Peron.
Kobus Hanekom and Lindi Smit (lecturers at the department) the Directors of the production emphasises the relevance of their choice of production as follows: “Staging Evita was an educational tool in many spheres of our curriculum. It covers a broad spectrum from singing and acting to dancing. As a bonus students became aware of the history of this football crazy nation and their liberation struggle against capitalism. Ever popular songs such as “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina “and “You must love me” (popularized by Madonna in the 1996 film version of the musical) was only some of the songs familiar to audience members.
Musical Direction was supported by a live orchestra and Choreography by Tyron Zoutman took the production to the next level. Adelia Douw portrayed the role of Eva Peron. She was supported by fellow students Eldon van der Merwe (Ché), Keenan von Wielligh (Magaldi) and a cast of 22 others.
The production was also part of the annual event where Northlink takes the time to thank their stakeholders and supporters that has supported the College throughout the year. VIP guests that included performing arts bodies and media companies all came together to experience, undoubtedly, a production that will resonate in the hearts of those that had the privilege to be part of the audience.