Rehearsals for the Empire Theatres 2017 major production, smash hit Broadway musical Wicked are well underway with an impressive local cast taking one of the most defining musicals of the decade.
Wicked takes the classic story behind The Wizard of Oz and flips the perspective, telling the previously untold story of the Witches of Oz.
Following unlikely friends Elphaba and Glinda, played by Louise Fraser and Shannon Gralow, as they overcome rivalry, envy and ambition in the face of a corrupt government, Wicked proves the world we came to love in the original tale may not be all it appears to be.
Director Alison Vallette said Wicked was already on its way to being an incredible production with an extremely high level of local talent on stage.
“With around 160 auditionees and a cast of just 30, we were spoilt for choice,” Ms Vallette said.
“As with all the Empire Theatre productions, the word ‘amateur’ doesn’t rate. We will bring a truly unique production to the stage that will not be a mimic of larger budget touring productions, but at the same time will have all the excitement and magic expected of this iconic musical.”
Ms Vallette said she was looking forward to developing the characters within the script throughout the rehearsal process.
“The script within the show is based on Gregory Maguire’s novel Wicked and as such, and with most musicals that are based on a book, the script has a lot of meat,” she said.
A bold and unconventional tale, Wicked features singing, dancing and humour as well as a relatable and universal message of acceptance and the power of friendship.
Wicked is proudly sponsored by Heritage Bank and will be performed at the Empire Theatre from Friday 31 March to Sunday 9 April. Tickets for Wicked are now on sale.
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Box Office on 1300 655 299 or visit www.empiretheatre.com.au.