Show Dates: May 12 – 21, 2017
CMT Mainstage takes us from rags to riches with Evita, based on the true story of political leader Eva Peron, told through a compelling score with exuberant Latin, pop and jazz influences. Born in poverty herself, she uses her powers of seduction and ruthless ambition to leave her past behind and become the spiritual leader of Argentina. As First Lady, she aligns herself as a hero to the poor and working class until she’s virtually worshipped – and her husband’s popularity as President is assured. Experience Evita’s epic rise and fall through the eyes of her people in this soaring musical.
General Ticket On-Sale Date: March 31
Joey Dippel Director & Choreographer
JOEY DIPPEL first walked into the CMT rehearsal hall when he was six years old for its 1998 production of Cinderella. Since then, he performed in thirty productions with CMT, most recently as Bert in Marquee’s Mary Poppins. Other CMT performing credits include Candide, West Side Story, Leader of the Pack, Les Miserables, The Music Man, Bye Bye Birdie, just to name a few. In 2014, he returned as director/choreographer for Mainstage’s production of Cats. He is a graduate of Archbishop Mitty High School and the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where he choreographed the college’s productions of Little Shop of Horrors, Street Scene, Into a Lamplit Room (World Premiere), as well as two self-created independent projects. He also received the Lehman Engel Award for Achievement in Musical Theatre Dance. Joey now lives in New York City and has worked as an actor for Bucks County Playhouse (Benjie, Summer of ’42, dir. Hunter Foster), the Weston Playhouse, the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport, and Pioneer Theatre Company. He also is a dance coach for Polish Your Passion NYC, an online musical theatre training program pypnyc.com.
Jerry Lovejoy, Vocal Director
Jerry Lovejoy is excited to be working on Joseph, Sister Act, and Grease this season. Jerry has taught all ages from kindergarten to adult in school and church settings, most recently at Presentation High School, where he was the music director for four years. During the day, Jerry works as Assistant to the Executive Director at City Serve’s Compassion Network, a faith-based non-profit organization in Fremont. Jerry’s home is the Niles District of Fremont. He received his BA in Vocal Performance from Bethany University (CA), and an MA in Choral Conducting from Kansas State University. 35+ years of Jerry's life have been spent as a church vocalist and musician. Jerry is married to his wife of 26 years, Karen, and is very involved in his local church.
Amie Jan, Musical Director
Amie Jan graduated from Rice University with a Computer Science degree, and briefly worked as a software programmer and IT consultant before she decided that she simply needed to have more music in her life! She moved to California, and began her second undergraduate degree at San Jose State University, double majoring in Violin Performance and Music Education, subsequently earning her teaching credential in Music. In her spare time, Amie performed as a freelance violinist/violist all over the Bay Area, which led her to discover another passion: musical theater. Since moving to California in 2003, she has played in over fifty pit orchestras all over the Bay Area, and has musical directed over fifty more — most of them here at CMTSJ. Amie is currently Orchestra Director at Lincoln HS, and is also a certified Suzuki violin instructor with a small private studio of young violinists and violists. Among her exciting gigs as a freelance musician, Amie has performed in concerts with Josh Groban, Kanye West, and Smokey Robinson.
Friday, May 12: 7 p.m. (R)
Saturday, May 13: 2 p.m. (R), 7 p.m. (W)
Sunday, May 14: 1 p.m. (R), 6 p.m. (W)
Thursday, May 18: 7 p.m. (R)
Friday, May 19: 7 p.m. (W)
Saturday, May 20: 2 p.m. (W), 7 p.m. (R)
Sunday, May 21: 1 p.m. (W)
(R) Rice Cast, (W) Webber Cast
(for field trips and school groups)
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Friday, May 12 • 10 a.m.
Auditions: March 14 & 15 • 5 p.m. • CLICK HERE FOR AUDITION INFO
Callbacks: March 16 & 17
Super Callbacks: March 18
Cast List Posted: March 20
Family Meeting: March 21
Age of Cast: 14 - 20