Wicked

 The Empire Theatre's 2017 major production of smash hit Broadway musical 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 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. 

Wicked is proudly sponsored by Heritage Bank and will be performed at the Empire Theatre from Friday 31 March to Sunday 9 April. To book tickets, click here. 

 

Cast

Leading the way...

 Louise Frame8                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Elphaba | Louise Fraser 

 

From a very young age Louise had a calling and an immense interest in the creative and exciting world of theatre. Performing as the loveable orphan, Annie, by age six, to holding concerts for her ‘adoring fans’ (her loving and supportive family), Louise Fraser. After her family moved to Toowoomba, Louise was involved with internationally renowned choir Gondwana Voices for over five years, touring with artists and composers including Neil Finn and Michael Leunig.

Completing a Bachelor of Music in Voice and Graduate Diploma of Teaching, Louise now  passes on her passion for the arts to the next generation at Lockyer District High School. Louise has taken on many lead roles, ensemble roles and backstage singing parts in productions for USQ, Empire Theatres and Toowoomba Choral Society, including: The Wiz, Pinafore Pirates, Beggar’s Opera, The Land of Shush, Carousel, The King and I, Oliver, Chicago, Grease, Sweet Charity, Cats, The Boy From Oz, Into the Woods and many more.  

Louise is passionate about the things she feels are just and right, and so is Elphaba. With all puns aside, this is going to be an epic and wicked rollercoaster for Louise not only as a performer, but personally as well. 

               Shannon Frame           

 

 Galinda/Glinda | Shannon Gralow

Shannon has performed on stage since the age of four, first appearing in Rockhampton Musical Union's production of Alice. She is currently a private music teacher, having studied piano, dance, voice and violin, and holds a Bachelor of Music majoring in Violin Performance. Shannon has played leading roles in Toowoomba Choral Society productions including Dusty: The Original Pop Diva (title role), The Sound of Music (Maria Rainer) and Into the Woods (Cinderella). She has also been involved in Empire Theatre productions, including lead roles in Cabaret, Singin’ in the Rain (Kathy Selden), Cats, Hairspray, The Phantom of the Opera (Meg Giry),and the title role in Mary Poppins. Shannon recently toured the Philippines performing professionally in a children’s show for Pen2Stage Productions. She is very excited to be portraying one of these iconic witches in Wicked this year!  

Brad Frame3

 

 Wizard | Brad Boynton

 Brad Boynton has been involved in theatre since 2002 performing many diverse roles in everything from plays and theatre restaurants to  musicals and public street performances. Brad’s interest in theatre extends from the stage to behind the scenes, with him having tried a little bit of everything in his time, from performing to directing and set construction.Working with the Nanango Theatre Company, Kingaroy Little Theatre Group and South Burnett Musical Comedy Society,  Brad has enjoy many lead roles in musicals including Guys and Dolls, Brigadoon, Anything Goes, Oklahoma, Oliver and most recently, Little Shop of Horrors.

 Wicked will be Brad’s fourth production with the Empire Theatre having previously appeared as Gaston in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Coach Boulton in High School Musical on Stage and the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz. 

 Joanna Frame

 

Madame Morrible | Joanna Pearson

Joanna has been involved in community theatre for over 20 years, both on stage and behind the scenes. After leaving high school, she trained as a Drama and English specialist at QUT, and avidly pursued her passion to perform in and direct musical theatre. Joanna has been involved in a number of productions, most notably: Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Boyfriend, Buddy, The Full Monty, Hairspray, The Wedding Singer, and Les Miserables.

Joanna currently teaches Senior Drama and English at Downlands College and is very excited to step from behind the director’s chair for the first time in a decade. Madame Morrible has been on her bucket list of characters for a long time, and thanks the Empire for the opportunity to make her Toowoomba acting debut in such an exciting role. Joanna promises this character in no way reflects her actual classroom demeanour.

 Justin Frame

 

Fiyero | Justin Tamblyn

Justin has been dancing since the age of four training in Brisbane under Kim Bowkett in dance and Jacqui Devereux in voice. He has travelled throughout Australia and overseas teaching dance and performing in various corporate environments, festivals and original productions as a member of Raw Dance Company. Justin has also performed internationally in countries such as the Philippines and UAE with production company Pen2Stage in a number of live action children’s shows including Dora the Explorerand Spongebob Squarepants. Other performing highlights include the role of “Tap” in Harvest Rain Theatre Company’s Hot Shoe Shuffle, “Horton the Elephant” in Theatre and Dance’s Suessical the Musical and “Ernst” in Oscar Theatre Company’s Spring Awakening. Justin’s Empire Theatre debut was in the role of Burt in Disney’s Mary Poppins in 2015. 

 

 Sarah Frame

Nessarose | Sarah Hendon 

 

Sarah has enjoyed performing from a young age, with musical theatre being her passion. Past performances include Parramatta Girls (Coral), St. Ursula’s Presents The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy Gale), and Beauty and the Beast Jnr. (Mrs Potts).Most recently Sarah played the role of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ in Toowoomba Choral Society’s Into The Woods. She is excited to return to her hometown of Toowoomba to play the role of ‘Nessarose’ with the insanely talented cast of Wicked. 

 

 Mike Frame

 

Boq | Michael Escober 

 

Michael has been a regular performer in Toowoomba for the last nine years. Michael moved to Toowoomba to complete his degree in Education, and has been teaching  in private and state schools in the region since 2003.

 Michael’s Empire Theatre Production credits include the odd Lefou in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Cosmo Brown in Singin’ in the Rain, a number of strange and peculiar folk in Spamalot, and most recently as Baron von Hussler in Disney’s Mary Poppins. He has also performed with Toowoomba Choral Society, having shaved his head for King of Siam in The King and I, attempted sideburns as Marius Pontmercy in Les Mis, an eager Wolf and equally indulgent Prince in Into the Woods, and most recently as the scamming Rooster in Annie. Michael has can also be heard singing around the area with The Accidentals, or on his own as Mike on the Uke.

Lachlan Frame

 

Doctor Dillamond | Lachlan Schoenfisch

 

Lachlan made his debut to musical theatre in 2015 with the Empire Theatre's production; Disney’s Mary Poppins. Since then, he has appeared in Toowoomba Choral Society's 2015 production Evita, Empire Theatre's 2016 production Legally Blonde the Musical as dreamboat UPS guy Kyle, and in Toowoomba Philharmonic Society’s 2016 production of Grease as Danny Zuko. Born in Toowoomba and raised in the country 20km east of Warwick, Lachlan returned to Toowoomba in 2009 to study Civil/Structural Engineering at the University of Southern Queensland. Now armed with his Bachelor degree, Lachlan works as an Engineering Surveyor/Draftsman at Reid Consulting Engineers. Lachlan is excited to take on the role of Doctor Dillamond in Empire Theatre's 2017 production of Wicked, and once again work with Toowoomba's talented and friendly community of performers and creatives.

 Jayden Frame

Chistery | Jayden Blaxland 

 

Jayden Blaxland is a ball of uncompromising energy. His favourite colour is blue and he sports a rat’s tail because he likes it. His spirit animal is a wolf, but if he sees a wonky table with a full glass of water teetering at the edge, a mighty temptation descends upon him to tip the table in the wrong direction, effectively making him more like a cat. However, when he pushes his ears out and puffs his cheeks, he looks like the missing link, and he is convinced that that is the foremost reason for being cast as ‘Chistery’ in the Empire Theatre’s production of Wicked, and he couldn’t be more excited.