"I grew up listening to Andrew Lloyd Weber musicals," she said. "I spent huge chunks of my summer singing along to 'Phantom of the Opera,' then 'Evita' and then 'Cats.' Other girls had the Spice Girls; I had musical theater."
Still, Capece said she didn't delve too deeply into the subject matter and who Eva Peron was, but with taking on the role, she educated herself more.
"Evita's" take on Peron is at least a little controversial.
"Andrew Lloyd Weber definitely painted her in a certain way," Capece said. "And really she was probably a lot of what he thought. She was kind of a saint, at least to the poor that she championed, but also vicious and an opportunist."
She added that it was her challenge to try and put the humanity of Eva Peron into the larger-than-life character imagined by the music of Weber and Rice.
Capece is choosy about the roles she auditions for. Since she and her husband, Christian, moved to the area five years ago, she has performed in just four other Light Opera Guild productions.
"I try to squeeze in one a year," she said.
Given her life, it's really all she can fit in, and she said she's biased toward the Guild because of it. Capece said there's plenty of talent in the area, but the Charleston Light Opera Guild is very strong technically.
"You can have great actors and good singers, but what if you've got stinky lights or bad sound?"
Capece added that she's comfortable with the Charleston Light Opera Guild. The performers working with her on "Evita" are more than just veteran actors; they're like old friends.
"It's important to have a good time," she said. "Especially, if you're going to devote so much time -- for free."
A lot of time has gone into bringing "Evita" to the stage. There have been a lot of long hours with rehearsals sometimes dragging on past midnight.
Capece believed it was all worth it.
"We started this one about three months out, and we've done so much work. You sort of wish that we had a longer run than just three weekends."
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.