Minden pair perform in musical production
A pair of performers with roots in Minden are taking theater-goers all the way to Argentina in a stage production of "Evita".
Missy Wise and Corey Shadd, formerly of Minden, are devoting much of their time and energy to the musical production.
Among those who have traveled Emmett Hock Center in Shreveport to see the native performers are former teacher and supporter Cindy Madden, who had wonderful things to say about the production.
"The directing, the costumes – everything was outstanding. This musical was packed with so much music- difficult music. I was really impressed," Madden said. "I felt honored to see them perform."
Madden said both Shadd and Wise established a love of music before they came through her choir room at Minden High School.
"They are stellar performers, and to be able to see my students surpass me is a great feeling," she said. "I'm so glad they are sharing their love of music and their talent with the community by putting on performances and by teaching others.
Madden hopes that locals of Wise and Shadd's hometown go to support the students and the arts.
The production will close on Sunday, January 13 and is being performed at Emmett Hook Center on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Tickets cost $20 for adults and $18 for seniors, and can be obtained by calling or texting 318-218-9978.
According to Stage Center's website, "Evita" tells the passionate and unforgettable story of Eva Perón, and features some of theater's most beautiful songs, including "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" and "High Flying, Adored."
Wise plays the role of Eva, who used her smarts and charisma to rise from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world — while her greed, outsized ambition and fragile health made her one of the most tragic.
Shadd plays several roles in the musical with several costume changes.
Both Wise and Shadd graduated from Centenary College of Louisiana where Wise received a degree in Vocal Performance and Shadd in Business.
"Shadd is a renaissance man," Madden said. "He works for Evergreen Ministries, putting his business degree to work, and then he puts his other talents to use as a performer."
Wise uses her time away from the stage to coach young performers with Stage Centers' School of Performing Arts, as well as leading worship at FaithLink Ministries in Shreveport.