Wicked show for all to see

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SHEPPARTON The­atre Arts Group Inc. is in­cred­i­bly ex­cited to be open­ing ‘Wicked’ this Fri­day night, fea­tur­ing Echuca’s Drew Walker in the key role of El­phaba.

Bring­ing the Broad­way smash hit to the re­gion, ‘Wicked’ tells the in­cred­i­ble un­told story of an un­likely but pro­found friend­ship be­tween two girls who first meet as sor­cery stu­dents at Shiz Univer­sity.

The blonde and pop­u­lar Glinda and a mis­un­der­stood green girl named El­phaba quickly be­come friends, un­like the story we are so fa­mil­iar with through The Wizard of Oz.

Fol­low­ing an en­counter with The Won­der­ful Wizard of Oz, the girl’s friend­ship reaches a cross­roads and their lives take very dif­fer­ent paths.

Glinda’s un­flinch­ing de­sire for pop­u­lar­ity sees her se­duced by power while El­phaba’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to remain true to her­self, and to those around her, will have un­ex­pected and shock­ing con­se­quences for her fu­ture.

Their ex­traor­di­nary ad­ven­tures in Oz will ul­ti­mately see them ful­fil their des­tinies as The Good Witch (Glinda) and The Wicked Witch of the West (El­phaba).

Drew will take to the stage in her wel­come re­turn to mu­si­cal the­atre in the iconic role of El­phaba.

Drew has had a four-year break from mu­si­cal the­atre which saw her en­ter X-Fac­tor in 2013.

Over the next three sea­sons of the show, Drew found her­self ad­vanc­ing to the fi­nal Top 10 girls each year.

Af­ter this, she moved to Sydney to study Artist Devel­op­ment with JMA En­ter­tain­ment and worked with Jus­tice Crew on song­writ­ing.

In 2016, she signed with Jim Jor­dan man­age­ment agency and trav­elled to Los An­ge­les where she sang for Randy Jack­son and Universal Mu­sic Group.

While over­seas, she trained at Mil­len­nium Dance Stu­dio LA and with MAX Act­ing Stu­dio LA.

Af­ter re­turn­ing home, Drew stud­ied act­ing with New Faces Tal­ent Academy Aus­tralia last year.

Pre­vi­ously, Drew took to the stage with Echuca Moama The­atre Com­pany’s ju­nior pro­duc­tions of ‘Camp Rock’ where she played Dana, Peter Pan (which earned her a Ge­orgy Award nom­i­na­tion for singing in the ti­tle role) and Pinoc­chio as the Ring Leader.

‘‘I’m so ex­cited and I couldn’t think of a bet­ter show to break my drought with,’’ Drew said.

‘‘From the very first time I heard Wicked I’ve wanted to play the role of El­phaba.

‘‘The role is so re­ward­ing. I’ve never ac­tu­ally played the role of the lead­ing lady be­fore so this is a first for me. It’s a first be­ing green too.

‘‘Some of Broad­way’s big­gest hits are in this mu­si­cal and I’m so ex­cited that I get to sing them.

‘‘The au­di­ence will be at the edge of their seats with so many “ohh­hhh” mo­ments when things tie-in to­gether.

‘‘The per­for­mances will leave you amazed with such a strong cast, crew and team.

‘‘You will not be dis­ap­pointed — this is Broad­way qual­ity!’’

‘Wicked’ is a mu­si­cal not to be missed. Shepparton The­atre Arts Group’s tire­less work into this pro­duc­tion sees an un­be­liev­able per­for­mance from the ac­tors and will stick in your mind for a long time to come.

Don’t miss this chance to find out what re­ally hap­pened in the land of Oz long be­fore Dorothy dropped in.

Tick­ets are sell­ing out so jump to bit.ly/WickedRiver­links to grab yours.

‘Wicked’will be per­ofrmed at River­links WestSide, Shepparton from Septem­ber 21-29.

Pro­pa­ganda Cre­ative.

NOT EASY BE­ING GREEN: Echuca’s Drew Walker stars as El­phaba in STAG’s up­com­ing pro­duc­tion of Wicked.Photo:

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