EVITA HITS DURBAN THEATRE FOR THE FIRST TIME
By: Dale Munatswa
The Durban University of Technology (DUT) Department of Drama and Production Studies’ Evita, today rocked the Playhouse Drama Theatre, with a great standing ovation.
The musical film performance of Evita, was based on a true story of an Argentinian colonel, Juan Peron, who was motivated to reach out for the president’s post by Evita Peron, the main actress of the film. Evita successfully convinces Juan Peron to take the post and helps him in the campaign. She then lives a glamorous life when Peron reaches the top, and after a while she falls sick and dies.
The performance was filled with sensational vocal gymnastics, classic choreography and music as well as energetic actors. It evoked emotions of joy, sadness and excitement.
All actors were students from DUT’s Department of Drama and Production Studies. Evita created a platform for them to practically imply what they are learning in school.
Kwanzokuhle Ngcobo, who perfomed the character of Colonel Peron said, “It was a great opportunity to peform here at the Playhouse, it’s like a dream come true.”
Evita was directed by Debbie Lutge, with musical direction by Madlen Tzankova and Choreography by Mdu Mtshali. According to Lutge, it took a long time to produce the drama and she was happy with the outcome.
“I am so proud of the students, I am pleased with what they have delivered, and the audience appreciated them as well,” said Lutge, also the Head of Drama and Performance Studies Department.
Sweetness Ngobese who played the role of Evita Peron said, “The role was very challenging, it required great commitment.”
A fair number of viewers came through to watch the live performance, and displayed great enthusiasm. Audience gave a thunderous applause at the closing of the curtains.
Sthembiso Msomi, one of the audience said, “The drama was great, the music was good, actors and the set up were well organised and I enjoyed it a lot.”