Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Our Emma Spellbound by Magical New Role; Rockhampton Council Reveals a Wicked Cast for Their 2017 Production of Wicked

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Our Emma Spellbound by Magical New Role; Rockhampton Council Reveals a Wicked Cast for Their 2017 Production of Wicked

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Byline: Madeline McDonald Madeline.McDonald@capnews.com.au

EMMA McGuire was singing Tina Arena songs in her lounge room when she was six years old, performed for the first time in front of a crowd when she was 10 and has acted out scenes on stages in the United States.

But it will be her next performance as Glinda the Good Witch in Rockhampton's 2017 production of Wicked that she's most looking forward to.

Yesterday Rockhampton Council revealed the cast of the production which is set to open at the Pilbeam Theatre in April.

Emma, 26, is no stranger to the stage's spotlight having starred in the 2014 musical Legally Blonde as Elle Woods, but admitted she was nervous after her audition and couldn't contain her excitement when she got the call last week that she would play Glinda.

"I was ridiculously thrilled," she said.

"I was so unbelievably nervous at the audition callbacks and I really had no idea how it was going to go. I was half asleep when Peter Owens from the Pilbeam rang to tell me the news and it woke me up very quickly. I feel so honoured, and lucky, and so excited to have been trusted with Glinda alongside the rest of the wonderful cast, especially the ridiculously talented Amanda Hock who plays Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West.

"Glinda and Elphaba are roles of a lifetime that pretty much every musical theatre female wants to play. To be able to do this at home means more to me than I think most people could know. I have a big family at home and for my family and friends to be able to see me doing what I love is quite incredible to me."

Director Wayne Scott Kermond, choreographer Katie Kermond, musical director Jeanette Douglas and vocal director Elisa Williams auditioned more than 80 performers earlier this month and all agreed the "standard of auditionees was exceptional".

Emma, who moved to Melbourne last month to study a Masters of Music and Performance Teaching, will return home to Rockhampton in the new year in time for rehearsals and to prepare herself for the role. …

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