Connor to cast Wicked spell

May 25, 2018

Gerard Oman as Monsieur Richard Firmin, Tamara Cadd as Carlotta Giudicelli and Connor Deakin as Monsieur Gilles André in EMTC's production of The Phantom of the Opera. Photo: Tamara Cadd Photography.

KYABRAM performing arts talent Connor Deakin has once again taken a lead role in a production — this time by landing the role of the Wizard in Shepparton Theatre Arts Group’s Wicked.

Deakin went through an original audition and two further call backs before being told he had the role.

“I was dreadfully nervous of course, with any audition come the nerves,” Mr Deakin said.

“But the panel was really nice and calmed everyone down so that made it a little easier.”

The 21-year-old first auditioned for the role of Boq — which coincidentally will now be played by another Kyabram product, in Brandon Armstrong.

To land the role of the Wizard is a testament to the impressive performing resume the youngster is beginning to build.

Deakin will play the role of Monsieur Gilles André in the Echuca-Moama Theatre Company’s Phantom of the Opera production at the Paramount in Echuca from May 25 to June 9.

“These two are big roles for me, some of the more grandiose anyway,” he said.

Deakin didn’t seem fazed about having to rehearse for two major roles — it seems it will be something he will attack with a professional attitude.

“I think there are only a few rehearsals that overlap, but they are at different stages, so it’s not too bad.

“With Phantom, we are only three weeks away so most of it we have learnt and it is just about repetition.”

Wicked will be staged at Riverlinks WestSide from September 21 to 29.

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