23 Mar 2017

Curtain to raise on Wicked next week

After months of rehearsal, the cast, orchestra and crew of the 2017 Empire Theatres major production, Wicked, are ready to raise the curtain on one of the biggest smash hits on Broadway.

The Empire Theatres seven show season, proudly sponsored by Heritage Bank, opens Friday March 31 and runs until Sunday April 9.

Director Alison Vallette said the excitement of opening night was building within all facets of the production, both on stage and behind the scenes.

“After our first full run through, the cast was feeling very positive and excited. Wicked is an ensemble heavy show, and the cast is working very hard at the moment to ensure their own personal journey in the show is just right,” Ms Vallette said.

Ms Vallette said Wicked was an Empire Theatre’s major production not to be missed.

“When I first heard that I had the job of directing Wicked, I thought, ‘I don’t have the Broadway budget of millions to play with, so how do I make this show unique and individual?’ My meeting with our designer, Josh McIntosh, gave me the answer,” she said.

“I can’t say too much without giving it away, but suffice to say that the design for the show is unique to the Empire Theatre.

“This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Empire Theatre and this show will be its best yet!”

Heritage Bank CEO Peter Lock said he was also looking forward to a magnificent show.

“Heritage is all about supporting our community and we’re delighted that we can help make this show a reality. Not only is it great entertainment for the audience, it’s also a wonderful learning experience for everyone who’s involved in the production. Together, we can achieve great things.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Box Office on 1300 655 299 or visit www.empiretheatre.com.au