The Clinton Area Showboat Theatre’s “Evita” is less than a week away from debut and the Showboat director has attached high expectations to the production.

Showboat Director Patrick Stinson is looking for “Evita” to develop a similar response to 2009’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” which contributed to nine full-house crowds at the Showboat.

“This season we anticipate a similar response and are looking forward to an exciting production of ‘Evita,’” Stinson said. “Our unique venue makes for a great experience for everyone in the audience.”

Winner of seven Tony Awards, “Evita” brings to life the persona of Eva Perón, wife of former Argentine dictator, Juan Perón. This production features Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Latin, pop and jazz-influenced score.

Included in the music is the well-known song, “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina.”

Tommy Iafrate will  direct the show.

“‘Evita’ is such a fascinating show because it takes a highly celebrated figure in Eva Perón and reexamines her from a few different perspectives; she is at times deified as she defies the odds and rises to power, but is also at times shown in a much less flattering light,” Iafrate said.

“I am particularly excited to work with Colleen Johnson in this role. She is an exhilarating performer with a remarkable voice and I think she will bring some incredible things to this role.”

Eva Perón and Che Guevara are played by Johnson and Joseph Feldman, and Juan Perón is played by Adam Michael Lewis.

“Evita” also features local ensemble members Sara Armstrong, Doug Kutzli, Emily Eisenman, Karen Mooney, Mary Pirch, Megan Collins, Siara Hawk, Cole Rauch, Noah Strausser, Taylor Wiebers, Maddie Schumacher, Kris Doss, Skyler Pennock, Kate Struble, Allison Winkel, Caragan Murphy and Aiden McMinimy.

Tickets are available at the Showboat box office from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays, by calling 242-6760, or online at www.clintonshowboat.org.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and students, and $16 for children.

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