MAGIC MAN: Kingaroy resident Brad Boynton will play the Wizard of Oz in Empire Theatre's production of Wicked.
MAGIC MAN: Kingaroy resident Brad Boynton will play the Wizard of Oz in Empire Theatre's production of Wicked. Contributed

A return to Oz for Kingaroy actor

TAKING on an iconic role is daunting for any actor, but one Kingaroy man hopes he has the magic touch.

Tennis coach and theatre veteran, Brad Boynton, will take on the starring role of The Wizard of Oz in Empire Theatre's production of Wicked, opening later this month.

Mr Boynton is no stranger to the merry old land of Oz, having performed in Empire's 2012 production of The Wizard of Oz as the Cowardly Lion.

He said he looked forward to taking on the legendary role in a new setting.

"Having been involved in the Wizard of Oz in Toowoomba I was eager to come back to Oz a second time and what better role could there be, but the Wizard himself?” Mr Boynton said.

Wicked tells the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West and the Good Witch of the North.

While the Wizard is a familiar character for many, Mr Boynton said his role in Wicked presented a different side of the man behind the curtain.

"In the original movie, you see a side of the Wizard that is very nice, and to a degree is a little more endearing and you see the other side of the Wizard in Wicked. There are many opportunities for him to show his nice side but you realise very quickly that it's all a facade and he has his own agenda for things,” Mr Boynton said.

"I think it's a character where there are two sides to him. One is just tyring to get along and make his way through life and the other side can be quite nasty and drag people down, but it's an amazing role to play.”

Mr Boynton said audience members would all take something away from watching the show.

"I think there is something in there that everyone can draw from in their life and that they can relate to on many different levels, I know for a fact I can,” he said.

Director Alison Vallette said she wondered how to pull Wicked off without a professional budget, but she was confident in the production she and the cast had put together.

"Suffice to say that the design for the show is unique to the Empire Theatre.”

Wicked opens Friday, March 31. Phone 1300 655 299 to book tickets.


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