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Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie MU­SI­CAL theatre per­former Suzie Mathers be­lieves ev­ery­thing hap­pens for a rea­son and she is living proof.

If it had not taken un­til her sec­ond at­tempt at ap­ply­ing to WAAPA to gain ac­cep­tance, she never would have trav­elled to New York in third year and seen Wicked on Broad­way, then re­turned home to au­di­tion as a swing en­sem­ble cast mem­ber for the orig­i­nal 2007 Aus­tralian pro­duc­tion.

“It was my first job out of WAAPA,” Mathers said.

“Wicked is a mas­sive part of my life in terms of be­com­ing a mu­sic theatre fan, get­ting into the in­dus­try (she sang Popular for her WAAPA au­di­tion) and then be­com­ing a prin­ci­pal (2011 sea­sons as Glinda in Sin­ga­pore, South Korea, New Zealand and the Philip­pines). It’s great to be back in the land of Oz and per­form­ing with this com­pany again.”

Mathers’ reprisal of the role of Glinda the Good in the cur­rent 10th an­niver­sary tour of Wicked fol­lows per­for­mances as So­phie in Mamma Mia! and a six-month stint in Lon­don, where she was when called back to play op­po­site Jemma Rix as El­phaba.

“I’ve al­ways wanted to play the role with my fam­ily and friends in the au­di­ence and not had the chance to do that in Perth be­fore,” Mathers said.

“Both El­phaba and Glinda are two mas­sive roles that in mod­ern mu­sic theatre any fe­male wants to play.

“But as a char­ac­ter, she’s (Glinda) just so much fun and goes from this bub­bly, popular, charis­matic, full-on char­ac­ter in the be­gin­ning and grows into this ma­ture per­son who has her heart bro­ken and fig­ures out life isn’t all just peaches and cream.”

Tanya MacNaughton­mu­ni­ d435282

Jemma Rix as El­phaba and Suzie Mathers as Glinda.

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