The last time Evita was performed in Canberra, as far as we're aware, was in May 1988. A Canberra Philharmonic production ran for 6 performances at the Canberra Theatre. Jillian Donaldson starred as Eva Peron, with Stephen Fisher as Che and Phillip Dodd as Juan Peron. The production was directed by Stuart Maunder, with musical direction by Colin Fischer, choreography by Sami Shalom and costumes by Veronica Dzelde. Tickets were $17.
W. L. Hoffmann wrote of this production, "Having been present at the Sydney opening night of the professional production of Evita seven years ago, I can give no higher praise to this current Philharmonic production than to say that I enjoyed Firday night's performance just as much." (The Canberra Times, Thursday 12 May 1988)
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I was in the cast of that 1988 production of Evita and understudied the role of Che. I am thrilled, all these years later, to have been cast in the role of Juan Peron. I am the only original cast member in the current cast. Very spooky and and it brings back a lot of memories. Tony Falla
I worked backstage and created the use of green fluorescein dye and UV light in the embalming scene. Very spooky and moving.