PINEVILLE – Miami native Eva Montes realized her love of performing at a young age.
Like many actors, Eva began her career in dance as a child. After being accepted into an Alvin Ailey troupe, Eva came to a realization: “I can’t be a dancer at 80.”
The art of ballet and other forms of dance are very intense physically and emotionally. For Eva, this realization forced her to be realistic. From there, her dance career morphed into musical theater, then acting.
After her first play as a child, she received The Best Young Actor Award from the Critics and Commentators of Miami.
“I can act until I die.” Eva concluded.
Her decision to pursue acting, combined with her dance experience, placed her in Pineville, as artistic director of “Laugh, Carolina” by the Pineville Players.
A friend told her that Pineville wanted to expand the arts.
“It’s amazing,” she said. “Usually the first thing cut is the arts and here we are in Pineville wanting to expand them.”
“Laugh, Carolina” is a collection of one act-comedies written by talented Carolina writers. Eva’s goal is to provide a platform to showcase that talent.
The show consists of eight one acts that have already garnered success.
“I usually don’t like directing, but all of the one acts that I’ve selected are so good, everyone will be belly laughing,” she said.
The PG-rated show starts at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18, 19, 25 and 26 and 5:30 p.m. Aug. 20 and 27 at The Hut, 413 Johnston Drive. Tickets range from $12 to $15.
“You don’t have to go to New York City for a fun night out. That’s a myth,” Eva Montes said. “We have talent here in the Carolinas, and it’s a sin that people don’t realize it.”