Olympia Musical Theatre, the area’s newest theatrical non-profit, is reintroducing the all-city musical to Thurston County.
The All-City Musical was a favorite for students around the area for many years, until it was unable to continue. Troy Arnold Fisher, President of Olympia Musical Theatre, has decided to bring this tradition back to the area.
The All-City Musical invites adults and students aged middle school through college to participate in this event. The show selected this year is Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s rock opera EVITA. Participation in EVITA is tuition free.
Fisher started Olympia Musical Theatre in 2013 as a way to begin a new chapter in his life. Having been well established in the area as a talented and dedicated teacher of music and theater, Fisher began this new enterprise to “educate and inspire community youth and adults in music, theater, and life from the perspective of master teachers and from the heart,” as stated on the company’s website.
EVITA is based on the life and legacy of María Eva Duarte de Perón, or as she is more commonly know, Eva Perón. Perón is known as an important figurehead in Argentine history as an actress-turned-First Lady to Juan Perón from 1946 until her death in 1952. Eva Perón was a leader in the revolt of the Argentine working class. The story of her life is surrounded by controversy due to her rivalry with the upper class and godlike stature to the poor. The musical attempts to tell her story through the use of complex and diverse music and the narration of a dead Argentine soldier.
EVITA is not the first show produced through Olympia Musical Theatre. This past summer, the theater produced Jason Robert Brown’s song cycle Songs for a New World.
The show performed during last August in the black box of the Kenneth J. Minneart Center at SPSCC. The cast consisted of 13 young people ranging from 12 to young adult.
Individual auditions, the rehearsal schedule and more information may be requested at olympiamusicaltheatre.org. EVITA will perform Jan. 29-31 and Feb. 5-7 at 7:30 p.m. and on Feb. 1 at 2 p.m.