March 6th, 2014


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — February 18, 2014


RFH Tower Players to Present Evita

on March 21, 22, and 23


Tony Award-Winning Musical Based on Compelling Life

Story of Eva Perón, Former First Lady of Argentina



Rumson — The Tony award-winning musical Evita, based on the life of former First Lady of Argentina Eva Perón, will be presented by the RFH Tower Players on March 21, 22, and 23.

Friday and Saturday evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday matinee is slated for 1:00 p.m. in the RFH Auditorium.

Eva Perón, who once famously said “My biggest fear of all is to be forgotten,” left behind an enduring legacy and remains one of the most endlessly fascinating characters of the 20th century.

Driven by ambition and blessed with intelligence and charisma, she made a meteoric rise from the slums of Argentina to the Presidential Mansion. A former actress and second wife of Argentine President Juan Perón, she was First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952 at the age of 33.

Adored by her people and called a “saint” for her work as a champion of the poor, she was also distrusted by her country’s military officers and reviled by the aristocracy. She became a fighter for women’s rights and one of the most powerful women in the world — but her greed, unbridled ambition, and fragile health made her one of history’s most tragic figures.

As complex and as full of surprises as Eva Perón herself, Evita features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. The haunting score encompasses Latin, pop, and jazz influences and includes some of theater’s most beautiful songs including “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,”"Another Suitcase in Another Hall,” and “High Flying, Adored.”

The RFH production of Evita features Julia Mosby as Eva Perón and Laurence Morales as her husband, Argentine President Juan Perón. Mallory McGill and Matt Hughes are featured as Everyman (known as “Che” in the Broadway production), Jennifer Andreacchi portrays The Mistress, and Magaldi will be played by Matt Hervilly.

An ensemble cast comprised of over 40 students will be featured in a variety of roles including tango dancers and military personnel

Vocal performances will be coached by Vincent Mottern, Music Director at Knollwood School in Fair Haven.

The pit orchestra, comprised mainly of RFH student musicians, will be conducted by Knollwood School Orchestra Director Mel Chayette.

The numerous dancing performances are being choreographed by RFH English Teacher Alexis Marinov as well as Patricia McCarron, an RFH Tower Players alum.

Over 40 RFH students will also be working behind the scenes as well to bring the exuberant drama to life.

Students responsible for costume design and stage props are under the guidance of Carole Malik, for whom the Count Basie Carole Malik Award for Creativity in Costume Design is named.

Technical Director and RFH Social Studies teacher Matthew Leddin is responsible for sound, lighting and running crew.

Set construction is being provided by the RFH Stagecraft Class under the direction of Industrial Technology Teacher William Pagano.

Overseeing the entire production are Director Suzanne Sweeney and Assistant Director Kasi Ann Sweeney.

RFH Spanish teacher Seth Hermann assisted the Tower Players performers in perfecting their Argentine accents, and the RFH Spanish National Honor Society and Spanish classes will present an Evita Expo on the evenings and afternoon of the performances. Held in the RFH cafeteria, the Expo will highlight art, fashion, food, and music from the time period.

The charge for admission to Evita  is six dollars for students and ten dollars for the general public.

Tickets may be purchased in advance either in the RFH auditorium lobby or on the RFH website.

To download and print out a ticket order form for advance purchase, visit the school’s website at www.rumsonfairhaven.org and click on Evita and “Ticket Information”.

Advance tickets are also available for sale in the lobby of the RFH auditorium on Monday, March 10 and Thursday, March 13 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. and on Saturday, March 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Tickets will be sold in the RFH auditorium lobby for ninety minutes prior to the start of each performance as well.

The RFH Tower Players is a student organization consisting of actors, singers, dancers, set designers, lighting technicians, costume designers, and a backstage running crew.

The Tower Players participate regularly in competitions including The Count Basie Awards in Red Bank, The Bucks County Theater Awards in Pennsylvania, the Mainstage Theater Awards Festival in Camden, and the Montclair State University Theater Awards.

Last year the troupe amassed nineteen awards including “Overall Outstanding Dramatic Presentation” for A Christmas Carol (fall 2012 production) and “Best Overall Production of a Musical” and “Best Director Director of a Musical” (Suzanne Sweeney)” for AIDA (spring 2013 production).

Julia Mosby, who will star as  Eva Peron in Evita,  was honored as “Best Actress in a Musical” at the Mainstage Theater Awards Festival for her role as Amneris in AIDA.

For additional information on ticket discounts for groups of 25 or more, please contact Play Production Coordinator Stefania Flecca at sflecca@rumsonfairhaven.org or 732-842-1597 extension 826

Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School is located at 74 Ridge Road in Fair Haven, New Jersey.


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Mary Ann Kampfe, RFHRHS Public Relations

mkampfe@rumsonfairhaven.org or 908-347-8885