Susan Dowideit-Reiger is Galinda – or as she comes to be known as the tale unfolds – Glinda The Good Witch

September 27, 2021

The musical “Wicked” is one of Broadway’s longest running shows – it’s been in constant production since 2003 – but you’d better hurry if you want to catch it in Kingaroy!

The South Burnett Musical Comedy Society is putting on just five performances of the magical musical, billed as the “untold story of the witches of Oz”.

This is the group’s last event for the year, and the 24 cast members have been practising hard for the past nine weeks to put on a spectacular show.

“Wicked” relates the backstory to the “Wizard Of Oz”, weaving together the younger lives of Glinda (the Good Witch) and Elphaba (the Wicked Witch Of The West) before Dorothy does her stuff …

“It has been quite an intensive rehearsal schedule,” SBMCS spokesperson Craig Reiger told

The production features a steampunk / Victorian design with special holographic paint in the backdrop.

A lot of care has also gone into the special effects: Elphaba can defy gravity, there’s flying monkeys and of course, there’s the melting scene …

Craig said the transitions between scenes happens flawlessly behind the action, meaning the musical moves smoothly through each act.

“It’s been a huge effort,” Craig admitted.

“Wicked” will open at the Kingaroy Performing Arts Centre (KPAC) at 7:00pm on Saturday night (October 2).

This will be followed by a matinee performance at 1:00pm on Sunday (October 3); and a matinee (1:00pm) and evening performance (7:00pm) on Saturday, October 9.

The last show will be a matinee (1:00pm) on Sunday, October 10.

Ashleigh Reinbott is Elphaba, the Wicked Witch Of The West (but is she really?)
The musical opens with the good citizens of Oz celebrating the death of the Wicked Witch Of The West
The tale then winds back to Galinda and Elphaba’s schooldays … Elphaba arrives at school with her younger sister Nessarose, her father’s favourite child
Galinda is popular at school and dreams of one day working with the Wizard of Oz
It’s amazing what a bucket of water from a young girl can do … the musical opens with the death of the Wicked Witch at the hands of Dorothy

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