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