The Wicked Witch of the Central West

Missing Bathurst Carillon Theatre society’s production of Wicked would make you green with envy.

By Ethan Law

In 2017 the Bathurst Carillon Theatre Society produced one of their most successful shows, a rendition of the 80’s classic “Xanadu”. This year Bathurst’s top theatre buffs are taking on the 90’s classic Wicked. A show based on the novel “Wicked: The Wicked Witch of The West” by Gregory Maguire. A story delves into the characters and land of the 1939 film “The Wizard Of Oz” and presents them in a completely new light.

The original wicked production is the 7th longest running show in Broadway history with over 5,900 performances staged. Making it on of the most popular and recognisable stage shows in history. A fact that the Bathurst Carillon Theatre Society hopes will draw many in the local community and beyond to experience the show in their local theatre. The show’s challenging main role of Elphaba will be played by Alex Vidler a new bathurst local involved with Charles Sturt University’s talented Theatre Media group. She discussed the difficulty of the role and why the show is a draw for people of all ages.

 


(The Wicked cast in action)

“The role is a challenge, Elphaba is a very diverse character.I’ve also never performed in a Carillon Theatre Society production before but its been really fun, and i’m just looking forward to getting out there and helping to put on the best show that we can. I think people of all ages will really find something they love about this musical.”

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Interest in the show is ramping up with over 400 tickets sold already. The show opens on the 3rd of May and runs on the following two weekends. The Bathurst Carillon theatre Society hopes that the play will continue to sell and stay on track to be one of their biggest productions yet. Choral director Gabrielle Bolt discussed the excitement around the show

“Its just one of those shows that everyone can get into, and with all the effort and energy that we’ve put into it i really think it will be worth the wait. Its a challenging  show to learn and perform but the cast have really taken to the challenge and put together something really great”

Tickets are available at the BMEC box office and online at the link below

www.bmec.com.au/wicked.html

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