Actors thrill at role in the Land of Oz musical
The magic of Wicked continues to captivate audiences with a brand new production coming to Parramatta Riverside Theatres. Cindy Ngo from Canterbury Bankstown Express reports.
Packemin Productions is behind the latest incarnation of the popular musical, which features local actors Mark Andreas of Belfield and Sunny Jegamohan from Earlwood.
Wicked follows the journey of two witches in the Land of Oz, the fictional world in L. Frank Baum’s novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Jegamohan is one of the members of the ever-evolving dance ensemble taking on several roles throughout the musical.
“It’s challenging at times because it’s not your everyday world. You have to be really experimental,” he said.
But like in the real world, the Land of Oz features its own set of heroes and villans.
“For a lot of us, we find a lot of people to follow on Instagram. In this world, Glinda is our celebrity,” Jegamohan said.
The 23-year-old is excited about bringing the much-loved musical to life after making it through a strict audition earlier this year.
“It gained a lot of interest. Everybody wants to be part of it,” Jegamohan said.
“Wicked itself is like the biggest musical at the moment. As a person, you feel a bit validated to be a part of it.”
Having studied a psychology degree a few years ago, Jegamohan fell into performing arts. “After high school, I did a bachelor of psychology and then all of a sudden I started doing amateur productions,” he said.
“I realised I loved doing that. Musicals, for me, is where my passion lies because you can dance, sing and act all in one.”
This article was originally published in the Canterbury Bankstown Express.