ECHUCA’S Drew Walker is set to defy gravity after being cast as Elphaba in Shepparton Theatre Arts Group’s production of Wicked.
The 19-year-old received the good news two weeks ago after auditioning for the lead role of ‘Elphie’, who eventually becomes The Wicked Witch of the West.
‘‘I auditioned like I had the role,’’ she said.
‘‘I just tried to do the best I could, so I had no regrets.’’
However, the former X-Factor contestant was up against the best across the Goulburn Valley and beyond.
‘‘I wasn’t sure how I’d go. I’m clueless in everything I do,’’ she laughed.
Until the call came.
‘‘They rang me when I was in the Aldi carpark so I had to hide myself in my car,’’ she said.
‘‘They played it really cool and then said ‘we’d like to offer you the role of Elphaba’. I couldn’t believe it.’’
This will be Drew’s debut in an adult theatre production — having starred in Echuca-Moama Theatre Company’s junior productions including Camp Rock, Peter Pan and Pinocchio between 2011 and 2014.
‘‘I’ve wanted to be in a musical for a long time and I thought Wicked was perfect,’’ she said.
Despite never having seen the Tony Award-winning musical.
‘‘I watched it after I learnt everything,’’ she said.
Wicked tells the story of two unlikely friends, Elphaba and Galinda (whose name later changes to Glinda the Good Witch), who struggle through opposing personalities and viewpoints, rivalry over the same love-interest, reactions to the Wizard’s corrupt government and, ultimately, Elphaba’s public fall from grace.
‘‘She’s a very passionate and complex character which is good to play. She’s also misunderstood,’’ Drew said.
‘‘I’ve got big shoes to fill. I’m a bit nervous but very excited to get into it.’’
The cast will meet for the first time next Friday before rehearsals begin next month.
Which means Drew will be making the 45-minute drive to Shepparton up to three times a week.
‘‘It will be hectic because it’s such a big show,’’ she said.
‘‘But I’m super excited. It’s such a good opportunity and I’m really glad to be working on something this year.
‘‘I just want it to be an absolutely brilliant show that everyone remembers.’’
Other Echuca residents in the show include Bridget Morrison and Heidi Williams who are both part of the ensemble.
Wicked will be staged at Riverlinks WestSide from September 21-29.