Five students from North West Regional College have been chosen to star in the West End show Evita which opens at the Millennium Forum on Tuesday night. Eoin Callaghan, Reece Cullen, Joseph Gallagher, Morgan Coyle and Kieron Clarke who are all studying for Higher Level courses in Performing Arts at Strand Road campus will take to the stage in a number of roles with the West End cast who have been touring the UK with the award winning show. Evita, penned by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber tells the story of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, from humble beginnings through to extraordinary wealth, power and iconic status which ultimately lead her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people.Eoin Callaghan, who is in his final year of the HND in Performing Arts at NWRC said: “When our lecturer Michael Poole told us about the opportunity to star in Evita, we couldn’t say no, it was basically an opportunity to do our dream job for a week. “I knew a lot of the songs beforehand and the basic storyline, but the more I listen to the Evita score, the more I realise that it is a masterpiece. “Five of us will be playing a variety of roles that include being in the general Argentinian public, protesters and picketers, in fact it’s hard not to enjoy being a protester on stage because the music is so empowering. “It’s made me realise that Musical Theatre is what I now want to do. NWRC has given me the confidence to pursue my dream career.” Michael Poole, Lecturer in Performing Arts at NWRC said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our five students. Live theatre is vital part of what we teach in all of our courses, as is evidenced by our own hugely successful productions that we stage each year. “For the guys to be given the opportunity to work alongside a West End cast in such an acclaimed show is an amazing opportunity.”
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