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Las Positas College presents summer musical 'Evita'

Show runs Thursday through Sunday in Mertes Amphitheater

The heart-wrenching powerful musical “Evita” is coming to Las Positas this week. The play will take place at the outdoor Barbara F. Mertes Center Amphitheater, 3000 Campus Hill Drive in Livermore.

Set in Argentina between 1934 and 1952, the play follows character Eva Duarte on her journey from a poor, illegitimate child to becoming the most powerful woman in Latin America. The play touches on her life as an actress prior to her marriage to military leader-turned-Argentine president Juan Peron, and includes Rice and Webber's songs, "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Oh What a Circus," "Buenos Aires," and "Another Suitcase in Another Hall."

The one-weekend performance opens Thursday night and will last through Sunday.

Tickets are, $10-$15 and are available at www.laspositascollege.edu/theater or beginning at 7 p.m. on show evenings. Parking permits are $3 and are available in Lots A and B; readers should note that exact change is required.

Because the performance is outdoors, audiences are welcome to bring picnic blankets or lawn chairs and encouraged to dress accordingly for outdoor theater. There will be food trucks and vendors, including Sweet & Mellow and Waffle Amore, available before the show and during intermission. Performances will begin at 8 p.m.

The play is directed by Las Positas instructors Dyan McBride and Diana Cefalo as musical directors in partnership with Jesse Sanchez (Hamilton tour). “Evita” stars Dulce Tovar -- from Las Positas’ previous plays "Heathers," "Chicago," and "Cabaret" -- as Eva Peron, Greg Zema as Che, and Paul Plain as Juan Peron.

Las Positas' performance season will continue, beginning in October with "Arcadia," Tom Stoppard's masterpiece on love, mathematics and truth, followed by 1920s musical parody "The Drowsy Chaperone" as well as a family-friendly and sensory-sensitive children's theater production, that will be announced in October. Performances will be directed by Las Positas theater staff Titian Lish, Ken Ross and Wendy Wisley.

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