Two professional actors have been chosen to cast a spell over New Plymouth for the hit show Wicked.
About 100 people auditioned for New Plymouth Operatic Society’s next production, and the final cast of 35 includes a mix of Taranaki talent alongside some professional actors who will add an extra dash of magic.
The two leading roles have been snapped up by professionals, with Rebekah Head of Auckland taking on the role of Glinda the Good Witch, and Catherine Hay of Christchurch flying in to play Elphaba.
Head, who has studied at the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art and the New Zealand Singing School has played Glinda previously in both Invercargill and Christchurch.
Hay has recently returned from study at the prestigious Stella Adler School of Acting in New York, and both young actresses say they are looking forward to working with the team from New Plymouth Operatic.
Director Carolyn Murphy says she was delighted with the turn out for auditions.
“The process of finalising the cast has been a hard task,” she says.
“We are fortunate here in Taranaki to have an abundance of talent at our fingertips. With some seasoned performers of the society returning to the stage, we welcome some new talent to our cast this year and look forward to the final product and presenting it to the Taranaki community and beyond.”
The internationally award-winning musical tells the story of the land of Oz before Dorothy dropped in.
Meeting at University, the young Elphaba and Glinda spark an unlikely friendship and their story takes the audience through the trials and tribulations of friendship, love and rivalry.
Marketing manager Tracey Blake says Wicked will paint Taranaki green this June and July.
“Most of us have grown up with the Wizard of Oz and magic that it created in our imaginations.
“Wicked gives us a chance to have that magic ignited once again and is the perfect show for those young and old.”
- Wicked is on stage at the TSB Showplace from the June 18 – July 11 2020. Tickets from Ticketek.