Lucy Durack, current Glinda in the Australian production of Wicked, took time out of her busy performance schedule to return to where it all began on Saturday morning. The Perth-born and bred actress, who is wowing local audiences as Glinda the Good Witch in the musical Wicked at Burswood Theatre, flew into His Majesty’s Theatre to meet and talk to 110 aspiring young performers who are part of the MajKidz program.
In its 11th year, MajKidz is an interactive theatre workshop program for Perth children aged between 10 and 12 years old.
Durack told Access All Areas that while she had four performances do in the next 48 hours she wanted to be there to inspire children who reminded her of what she was like when she was younger.
“I am so happy to be here and give back because I remember being a young kid in Perth and dreaming big about a career in theatre,” she said. “I hope by being here today that some of these kids will also dream big and realise they can do what I have done.”
It was a special moment for the 28-year-old who told the eager youngsters that she had made her stage debut on the His Majesty’s Theatre stage when she was just 10 years old.
Durack was cast in the chorus of a WA Opera production of Carmen despite having no previous experience at the time.
It was this experience that led her to continue to pursue her successful career, which saw her graduate from WAAPA and appear in other such high-profile shows as Mamma Mia! and 42nd Street.
Exhausted from Wicked’s massive opening week, Durack was full of praise for Perth audiences who had already seen Wicked.
via The Western Australian
Our dearest Wizard of Oz in the Australian production of Wicked has safely left the hospital yesterday, according to Melbourne Herald.
Australian TV legend Bert Newton is feeling “great” after doctors discharged him from hospital following a bout of pneumonia this month (Jun11). Bert Newton was taken into the intensive care unit at Melbourne’s Epworth Hospital on 16 June (11) after reportedly contracting the infection from his infant granddaughter, but he was released on Sunday (26Jun11).
The hospitalisation meant the 72 year old had to temporarily drop out of his role in stage show Wicked in Perth, but he is now looking forward to rejoining the cast.
He told Melbourne’s Herald Sun, “I feel great, it’s nice to be back under normal circumstances. It came as a bit of a shock, but so long as I do my best, the doctors tell me (to) do exactly what they say, and I’ll be back on stage very very soon.”
Newton admits the health scare is a “wake up call”, but he is adamant he won’t be considering retirement, adding, “It’s the old story. What I do, I don’t see as a job, I see it as something I love doing and it’s a very important part of my life.”
This is the type of news no one wants to publish. Unfortunatelly, the Wicked London Official Fan Page published the following just a couple of minutes ago. So Sad..
DEAR OZIANS! To discourage the unwanted offensive posts WICKED London will be removing the interactive Facebook wall for one week. While the wall is out of action you will be able to comment under WICKED London status updates, and be able to post images and videos again from next Monday. WICKED London would like to THANK YOU all for your cooperation and for reporting unwanted content.
Let’s hope this can stop unwanted people from posting rubbish in open walls. 😦
Wicked star Rachel Tucker (ELPHABA) talks backstage at West End Live 2011 in London’s Trafalgar Square.