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  • Writer's pictureOliver Watton

My Magical Experience in Wicked: The West End Dream

In the dazzling world of musical theatre, there are a few shows that shine brighter than others. For me, one such brilliant star in my theatrical constellation is "Wicked." This enchanting production not only marked my first major West End performance but also left an indelible mark on my journey as an actor.

"Wicked," a name synonymous with magic and spectacle, has cast its spell over audiences worldwide. As a performer, being part of such a phenomenal show was a dream come true. The excitement of finding out that I had been chosen for the cast was electrifying. The reality that thousands audition for this opportunity each year added to the sense of accomplishment and gratitude I felt.

The show itself is a grand spectacle, boasting a high budget that ensures it's always a sell-out success. For an actor, this level of job security and the opportunity to perform on the West End stage for a two-year stint is nothing short of a theatrical jackpot.

Being part of a production with such a dedicated following and passionate fans was truly heartwarming. "Wicked" has a special place in the hearts of theatre enthusiasts, not only for its captivating storyline but also for its unforgettable music and songs. Songs like "Defying Gravity" and "For Good" have transcended the stage to become anthems of empowerment and friendship.

One of the unique aspects of my role in "Wicked" was being an understudy to the character Fiyero, which came with its own set of challenges. Vocally demanding and perched at the top of my range, stepping into this role was both thrilling and nerve-wracking. The pressure of going on stage in front of a packed audience, often with a partner you might never have rehearsed or sung with before, adds an extra layer of excitement to the mix.

The secret to the seamlessness of the show's performances lies in its meticulous training and direction. The "Wicked" team ensures that every actor knows their role inside out, and the show runs like clockwork. While it might feel at times like being a cog in a well-oiled machine, it's this precision that makes "Wicked" the consistently outstanding production that it is.

Throughout my two years with "Wicked," I couldn't help but be tempted to stay longer. The camaraderie with the cast, the rush of performing to sold-out houses, and the magic of bringing such an iconic story to life every night were all incredibly enticing. However, as every actor knows, change and growth are essential in this industry. After much contemplation, I made the difficult decision to bid farewell to the emerald-tinted world of Oz.

As I reminisce about my time with "Wicked," I can't help but be grateful for the incredible journey it provided. From stepping onto the West End stage for the first time to understudying Fiyero, I've grown both as a performer and as a person. The show's timeless message about defying expectations and embracing your true self resonates with me to this day.

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