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‘Evita’ musical takes the stage at GPAC

By Megan Quinlan
Asst. Around Campus Editor

Photo by Glory Attaochu
Cameron Leigh Wade, a 21-year-old Raleigh native, starred in the lead role of Eva Peron.She took a hiatus from Elon College and has recently been touring the U.S. as Eva Peron. Wade’s first job was “Fiddler” at the North Carolina Theatre.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary Broadway musical “Evita” took the stage at the Givens Performing Arts Center Jan. 17 at 8 p.m.

The pop opera is based on the true story of Eva Duarte, a woman who was born into a poor family and fled to Buenos Aires to start a new life.

After she married the former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, the people of Argentina became captivated by her ability to lead a nation of working class citizens into freedom.

However, the first lady of Argentina became ill with cancer, resulting in the death of one of the most famous political leaders. Peron was 33 years old at the time.

Cameron Leigh Wade, a 21-year-old Raleigh native, stars in the lead role of Eva Peron.

She graduated from Riverside High School in Durham, N.C. Wade took a hiatus from Elon College and has recently been touring the U.S. as Eva Peron. Wade’s first job was “Fiddler” at the North Carolina Theatre.

In anticipation of the show, students and faculty had an opportunity to win two free tickets to Evita by singing a few lines from the famous song “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina.”

The contest took place Jan. 16 in the Chavis University Center at 12 p.m.

Marty Spitzer, director of Marching and Athletic Bands and Applied Saxophone and Music Educatioin was one of the judges of the the contest.

The judges looked for the best performances.

The winners were Dr. Jeffrey Geller, a professor and the chair of the department of Philosophy and Religion, Pine Hall Resident Adviser Leah Sisco and Charley Lowry.

Photo by Glory Attaochu
The pop opera is based on the true story of Eva Duarte, a woman who was born into a poor family and fled to Buenos Aires to start a new life.

Students, faculty and staff also had the opportunity to win tickets to the show by demonstrating their Evita knowledge while playing the game ‘Don’t Cry Trivia!’

The winners of the trivia game were Glen Campbell and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Development Dr. Tom Corti.

The tickets were $5 for students and $15 for UNCP faculty and staff.

The original musical opened in London in 1978.

Photo by Glory Attaochu
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary Broadway musical Evita, took the stage at The Givens Performing Arts Center on Jan. 17 at 8 p.m.

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