WITCH ROLE: Wicked's Heidi Enchelmaier prepares for the production.
WITCH ROLE: Wicked's Heidi Enchelmaier prepares for the production. Mark Dadswell

Untold story of the witches will dazzle

THE REHEARSALS are over and now its time for the Ipswich Musical Theatre Company to present one of its most ambitious ever shows.

Winner of 35 major awards including a Grammy and multiple Tony Awards, WICKED is the untold story of the witches of Oz.

Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz, one girl, born with emerald green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood.

The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular.

WICKED spins and weaves a story of how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba, and Glinda the Good Witch.

"We're delighted to bring Ipswich its very own large scale production of Wicked", company artistic director Brenda Ryan said.

"This will be the first time that WICKED will visit this region of the great south-east, and we're absolutely sure that Ipswich will be enchanted by this community based production," Ms Ryan said.

Company co-founder Ken Mundt said audiences should get ready for a unique experience.

Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the witches' friendship reaches a crossroad and their lives take very different paths.

The musical's music and lyrics are by Stephen Schwartz, and the book by Winnie Holzman, based on the novel by Gregory Maguire.

Orchestrations are by William David Brohn, with music arrangements by Alex Lacamoire and Stephen Oremus.



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