ROLE A WICKED PART OF MATHERS’ LIFE
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.”
Jemma Rix as Elphaba and Suzie Mathers as Glinda.