From left, Alina Gonzalez will play Evita alongside Erik Valencia, who will play Juan Peron. 



Erik Valencia is a familiar face within the Reedley Community. 

As the executive director for the Greater Reedley Chamber of Commerce, Valencia can often be  found emceeing an event, doing work in the chamber office, and even organizing local parades. 

However, in the past seven weeks, Valencia said he's been preparing for something else.  "I've had shows that I've always wanted to do," Valencia said on the afternoon of March 8. 'Evita' has been one of those, it has a Hispanic role to it, and there are very few roles for Hispanic actors."

Valencia was recently cast as Juan Peron in the popular Andrew Lloyd Weber musical, Evita. The musical will open on March 15 at the College of the Sequoias' Theatre in Visalia. 

Valencia landed the part alongside his close friends, Alina Gonzalez and RL Preheim.

Gonzalez will play Evita, and Preheim will play Migaldi.

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