Witch hunt to find Wicked stars for musical

Two wickedly talented performers will get a chance to put a spell over Taranaki audiences.

New Plymouth Operatic Society is on the hunt for two witches and a slew of talented cast members for the upcoming Broadway musical Wicked.

The society is holding a pre-audition meeting and production manager Andy Spindler says this informative get together gives interested people a “heads up” of what to audition with, and what to prepare for.

“The most nerve-wracking thing you can do is audition; even more than opening night,” he says.

“So it’s an opportunity to come and allay some of those fears.”

Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely friendship between two witches: Glinda – beautiful, blonde and popular; and Elphaba, who is portrayed as evil but deep down has a good heart.

Wicked, a Tony and Grammy award-winning performance, is the second longest-running show on Broadway, and Spindler says it will be a delightful surprise for audiences.

“We’re bringing a show to town that’s not hugely known and will grab people once they get in to see it,” he says.

“It’s one of those shows where people will come along not really knowing what to expect and be bowled over by it.”

Wicked director Carolyn Murphy says the musical is a “spectacle” – one to activate audiences’ minds.

“You won’t be able to just sit there and it’ll be something that will just gloss over,” she says.

“This is actually going to make you think.”

Aside from the two leading roles, NPOS is also looking for backup vocalists and about 40 people for the general ensemble.

Murphy says the cast should be age 16 by opening night and have “the passion and ability to commit”.

“We’re looking for you to come along and be yourself, and show us what you’ve got.”

  • Pre-auditions will be held Monday October 28, 5.30pm, at the New Plymouth Operatic Society. Auditions will be held November 29 to December 1.
  • Tickets will go on sale before Christmas and the production will be on stage at TSB Showplace from June 18 to July 11, 2020.