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:: #006 - Annalene Beechey ::

Apollo Victoria Theatre Name: Annalene Beechey

Role Played: Stand-by Glinda

Joined The Cast: July 2006 - Original London Cast Member

Left The Cast: April 2007

Recently Seen In: Ha'penny Bridge, Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast


ANNALENE BEECHEY is a member of the Original London Cast of Wicked. The 28th April 2007 marked her last day with the London cast. During her time on the show, she was Stand-by for Glinda, performing the role on numerous occasions. Annalene had the pleasure of performing 'What Is This Feeling?' live with Idina Menzel, on BBC's Children In Need last year! To read Annalene's full biography, please click HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: This interview has been carried out specifically for WickedUK.co.uk. Reproduction of this interview, either in its entirety or partially, under any circumstances, is strictly prohibited. You are, however, very welcome to link back to this page.

:: The Interview ::

Had you seen any of the other Wicked productions prior to accepting the role?
Yes. I saw the original cast and I saw it two years later.

Have you read Maguire's novel, Wicked - The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West?
Yes, I read the book after I saw the show. I think it just gave me more information on the characters, a little more depth and more to work with.

What is your favourite scene?
I love the last scene with Elphaba going into and after ‘For Good’, it’s the real characters with the public façade removed.

What is your favourite song?
Mmmm… tricky. I obviously love performing ‘Popular’ but enjoy the emotional range of ‘Thank Goodness’.

What is your favourite costume?
Act Two opening outfit. So beautifully made and stunning to look at!

Who is your favourite character?
Glinda, because she’s quite complicated, but simple too…

What, if any, have been you biggest show/ prop / costume mishaps?
In this show I forgot my words once, but in other shows I’ve fallen over, gotten stuck to scenery, very nearly lost my wig… the list goes on…

What are your characters top 3 priorities in life?
I guess she world want to be loved, not be alone… her priorities change throughout the show.

What has been the highlight of your career, so far?
These are many moments that stand out… Cosette at an open air concert for 26,000 people was one of them.

Which do you prefer most, touring of West End, and why?
West End is nice as you are at home and touring in nice if you have friends in the company and you're visitng nice cities. But I really like regional theatre work too.

Personally, are you more a Glinda or an Elphaba?
I don't know. Aspects of both I guess, but possibly more of an Elphaba.

What is it like to be a stand-by?
Not great to be honest. It's very difficult to stay in touch with the show when you're not doing it all the time. You spend your time waiting for someone else to be ill!! Wouldn't do it again!!

What do you do to entertain yourself during the show?
Sing along to the show, watch TV, answer fan letters, run up your phone bills etc…

If you went to another show with a similar stand-by/understudy set-up as Wicked, would you prefer to be stand-by or understudy?
Neither

How did you try to differ your interpretation of Glinda from the other Glindas around the world?
I just want my Glinda to be true to me. I didn't go out of my way to be different, but I think it's important to be original where possible.

If you could change one thing about your character, what would it be?
Slightly more comfortable shoes!! Aside from that, I wouldn't want to change anything, she's a challenge to play. Therefore, fulfilling to work on.

What to you think it is that makes Glinda so popular - money, status, charisma, etc?
Charisma definitely

How many different wigs does Glinda have?
Three - Older Glinda (opening and end)
Younger Glinda (most of act 1)
Up Do Glinda (opening act 2)

What do you like about the bubble experience?
It's fun and a fabulous entrance… and who doesn't like bubbles?!

What do you hate about the bubble experience?
Nothing. I'm not afraid of heights and you feel totally safe.

Your Popular is one of, if not the most, physically demanding interpretation of the song. What is your secret for keeping so energised throughout, especially when it comes to that scene?
Having fun. It's completely not me that scene. The dress, the ideals, etc. It's an excuse for me to be outrageous!

We all had the privlege of watching your Glinda get immortalised on tapes/DVDs across the country when you got to perform on Children In Need. What was that whole experience like?
Slightly terrifying!! I had only performed the role 3 times, so didn't quite feel comfortable with it yet. Would love to do it now I know what I'm doing!

If you have the choice, would you have preferred to perform on Children in Need or the Royal Variety Performance?
Either. They are both fantastic and I haven't done either before.

Have you enjoyed your time at Wicked?
It's been fantastic to perform the role and I've made some wonderful friends, but being a stand-by has been very difficult.

What has been the best thing that has happened to you during the Wicked experience?
The friends I've made. Kerry, Adam and Shona have made me laugh a lot.

What have you not done on Wicked that you wished you had?
Been a Flat-head!

What lessons/discoveries are you going to take away from Wicked?
I've learnt a lot about patience on this job!

What/who are you going to miss when you leave?
Kerry Ellis, Adam Murray, Shona White and Jye Frasca

Do you have any future plans for when you leave Wicked? i.s. Shows, concerts, gigs?
A holiday! Nothing in the pipeline yet, but that's part of the fun!

Everyone in the show is wicked at some point or another. Which character do you think is the wickedest and why?
Madame Morrible. She has no remorse.

If you had to be stranded on a desert island with one of the characters from Wicked, who would it be and why?
Fiyero… for obvious reasons!

Since we have been asking you all the questions, are there any questions you would like to ask the fans?
No questions, but a general 'thanks' for everyone's support over my time here. The fans are great on this show!


EDITOR'S NOTE: Ms Beechey very kindly agreed to answer the above questions for us here at WickedUK.co.uk. We would therefore like to take this opportunity to thank Ms Beechey for her time and effort that made the above interview possible.

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