Something Wicked this way comes as Murray Bridge Players and Singers prepare for show

The team behind Murray Bridge Players and Singers' productions of The Sound of Music, West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz, Into the Woodsand Chicagois ready to be wicked.

Trent Baker, Mari Reu and Peta Davis will produce Wicked, the award winning musical which debuted on Broadway in 2003, at Murray Bridge Town Hall next month.

The show will be a family affair, with 12 families involved either on stage, directing, in the orchestra pit, making costumes or designing sets.

The love of theatre was clearly something which got into people's blood, Mrs Reu said.

"I'm excited to see so many new and young performers joining us on stage for this magical show," she said.

Wicked, the "untold story" which precedes The Wizard of Oz, tells of the unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the very popular Galinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba.

Following an encounter with a wonderful wizard, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths.

Emma Love, as Elphaba, and Katelin Kneebone, as Galinda, have spent months developing their on-stage chemistry and rehearsing their shining characterisations and spellbinding vocal performances.

Kurt Miegel is the cool, shallow Fiyero, the love interest who creates a divide between the two girls and the true beginnings of the famous movie.

Breigh Angove and Ronald Mafara portray the tragic Nessa Rose and Boq.

Veteran performer Val Schubert is Madame Morrible, who becomes linked to the wonderful Wizard of Oz, played by Noel Kneebone, setting the scene for a battle for power which continues throughout the performance.

Add to the mix an incredible chorus ensemble who sing, dance and portray several characters throughout the performance.

Director Trent Baker promised that the show would be one of the best in the company's history, and one that would have the community talking for a long time.

Wicked 's run at Murray Bridge Town Hall will begin with a sold-out gala night on May 3.

A mixture of matinee and evening performances will be held on May 4-5, 10-12 and 17-18.