Pulteney Grammar School is the first South Australian school to stage a full-scale production of Wicked and their opening night was a success.
Wicked demands outstanding performances in the roles of Elphaba and Glinda. Chelsea Goodes (Elphaba) and Lucy Johnson (Glinda) are excellent, displaying confidence, stage presence, maturity and outstanding musical ability. They were ably supported by very talented performers in all of the principal roles: Nicholas Hassan (Flyero), Charlotte Moseley (Madame Morrible), Henry Bleby Williams (Dr Dillamond), Jordan Bender (Nessarose), Jake Reedman(Boq) and Hugh Radbone (The Wizard).
The production team’s professionalism in staging, lighting, costumes, and choreography, together with an energetic, well-rehearsed chorus, add to this show’s polish and impact.
The structure of this musical with a long first act and a shorter second act means that much energy is channelled into the beginning of the show, making it difficult to maintain momentum after interval. In this instance Act One is so good that it is a hard act to follow. Act Two was rushed in places and some lines were shouted rather than acted. However the For Good duet restored the balance.
The harsh acoustics of the concert hall had some effect and vocals and orchestra were sometimes in competition, but overall, the orchestra met the challenge of a full score and delivered an excellent performance.
Congratulations to Jo Casson (Director), Jamie Hibbert (Producer) and Jonathon Rice (Musical Director) on a first-class production.
The enthusiasm with which the cast bounded on stage to take their bows and the reaction from the audience should ensure that this high school musical has a wonderful season.Wicked
Pulteney Grammar School
Norwood Concert Hall