Newcastle Grammar School’s Wicked flies into Newcastle in a magical production to enthrall all ages.
Wicked, the hit Broadway musical that follows the extraordinary adventures of the witches of Oz, will be presented by Newcastle Grammar School at the Civic Theatre from March 10 to March 13.
This is the first time the School has performed at the Civic and represents an exciting return to theatre following the restrictions of the past year.
The school’s performance and production students have been eagerly awaiting to bring the show to life after last year’s COVID-19 pandemic restrictions forced a postponement from the original June 2020 schedule.
The students are excited and ready to bring Wicked to Newcastle’s Civic Theatre after the great disappointment in 2020. The staff and student loyalty to Wicked has been nothing short of exceptional and we are proud to bring you this stunning show at the beautiful Civic Theatre” said Executive Producer, Musical Director and Newcastle Grammar School’s Director of Music Kevin Young.
Wicked tells the story of Elphaba and Glinda, two young witches in the Land of Oz, who meet at sorcery school. Despite their differences, green-skinned Elphaba is a misunderstood outcast while bubbly Glinda is pretty and popular, the girls form an unlikely friendship. As their powers grow, encounters with the Wonderful
Wizard of Oz and a host of magical creatures threaten their bond and set the ambitious witches on the road to fulfilling their destinies as Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
The spectacular production includes unforgettable musical numbers such as “Popular”, “Defying Gravity” and “For Good” as characters journey through the breathtaking sets and costumes.
With over 40 performers preparing to take to the Civic Theatre stage, Director Luke Aspinall called this “one of Newcastle Grammar School’s most ambitious productions to date and an exciting challenge that has seen the students soar to new heights”.
Based on Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, the award-winning musical is a retelling of the beloved characters and events of L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz. The musical premiered on Broadway in 2003, London in 2006 and in Australia in 2008.
The show opens with a special Schools’ Matinee on Wednesday 10 March, with limited public seats available, and runs until Saturday 13 March. Tickets are $25 – $40, with discounted tickets available for schools booking into the March 10 production and family tickets available across all performances. Due to current regulations, seating capacity is limited.
Bookings through Civic Theatre at www.civictheatrenewcastle.com or by calling the Box Office at 02 4929 1977.
Newcastle Grammar School’s production of Wicked
10 March – 13 March, Civic Theatre, Newcastle
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Winnie Holzman
Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire
Orchestrations by William David Brohn
Music Arrangements Alex Lacamoire and Stephen Oremus
Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia).
All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia.
Directed by Luke Aspinall
Assistant Director and Choreography by Laura Dawson
Executive Producer, Musical Director and NGS Head of Music Kevin Young