Monday, May 9, 2011

Miami Childrens Theater Presents 100th Main Stage Show

Hana Nardone as Eva Peron in Miami Childrens Theatre's production of Evita.
Evita markes the 100th show in MCT's history.

Miami Childrens Theater (MCT) marks a major milestone in its 15 year history as it presents its 100th main stage production with the May 13 debut of Evita. Evita will be run May 13-22 at the Robert Russell Theater located at the Alper Jewish Community Center in Kendall, 1155 SW 112 Ave., Miami.

Directed by Damaris Lopez-Canales, with musical director Ana Flavia Zuim and choreographed by Celia Merendi, Evita is in full rehearsal and promises to be a rich, faithful version of the Andrew Lloyd Weber-Tim Rice epic bio of Eva Peron.

“All of the elements you expect from a Miami Childrens Theater production are present in Evita – a showcase for South Florida’s premiere talent, incredible music direction and choreography, full sets and costumes – but this production is special,” says Beth Fath, executive director of Miami Childrens Theater. “For one thing the young woman playing Evita, Hanah Nardone, is so symbolic of what we stand for at Miami Childrens Theater. And that is to take a long term approach to helping young people find their way and succeed at the next level.”

Nardone started with MCT when she was nine – landing the role of the sheriff’s daughter in Robin Hood. Through the years Ms. Nardone performed or teched in 35 plays at MCT, sometimes getting a lead role but many times joining in the ensemble or manning lights and eventually stage managing shows. Currently, Hanah is a senior at New World School of the Arts and is mulling offers from some of the top university theater programs in the nation.

Evita  is being performed on May 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 at 8 pm and  May 15 and 22 at 2 pm. The Robert Russell Theater is located at 1155 SW 112 Ave., Miami. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and children and may be purchased at

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