SPECIAL PRODUCTION: Director Wayne Scott Kermond and Choreographer Katie Kermond have been holding auditions for a production of Evita.
SPECIAL PRODUCTION: Director Wayne Scott Kermond and Choreographer Katie Kermond have been holding auditions for a production of Evita. Allan Reinikka Rokaevita

Theatre couple bring tear jerker opera Evita to Rockhampton

DON'T cry for me, Rockhampton!

Theatre duo and married couple Wayne Scott and Katie Kermond have combined their 60 years of experience to bring the tear jerking rock opera Evita to the Rockhampton stage in March next year.

After producing a box office hit at the beginning of this year with Jesus Christ Superstar, Rockhampton Regional Council has now chosen Evita for next year's big production.

Under the direction of awarding-winning theatre star Wayne and talented choreographer Katie, the show promises to be another hit.

"Evita is a great musical and I am sure our local talented stars will shine again in this production," Chair of Rockhampton Regional Council's Communities Committee Rose Swadling said.

Evita is a compelling story that people would recognise from the popular 1996 film starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas and follows Eva Péron's extraordinary life from the slums of Argentina to b-grade actress to a woman of wealth and power as the country's beloved First Lady and wife of president Juan Péron.

Katie said the Rockhampton Regional Council had approached them a few years ago to direct a musical in Rockhampton but conflicting schedules prohibited them from committing until now.

Initial auditions for the roles in the production were held on Sunday with between 40 and 50 people showing up.

The couple has also been hit by video auditions from people who have left Rockhampton and would come back to be involved. Over the next week Wayne and Katie have the difficult decision of choosing from the array of talent Rockhampton has provided for this performance.



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