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Welcome to Metropolitan Players new website.

The site will keep you up-to-date with everything associated with the company.

Over time we will be progressively uploading data about our past productions.


Our season of "Wicked" ended on Saturday, 3 September to a sell-out crowd.  This is now the most successful production in Metropolitan Players' history and over 10,000 people came to see the show.  The comments and praise have been overwhelming for every aspect of the production.  Everybody in the cast, crew, orchestra and production team should be so very proud of what they achieved.






"Wicked" opened on 24 August and the audience loved it.  We have had rave reviews from audiences at every performance since then.  The Herald theatre critic, Ken Longworth, said 'This staging of the musical subtitled "The Untold story of the Witches of Oz" will have audience members in wide-eyed awe. Director Julie Black and the large staging team have made it magic". Comments range from a 'masterpiece' to 'a really professional production'; 'words are not enough'; 'a world class event'; 'absolutely stunning'.  This is a huge endorsement of all the hard work that everybody involved with the production has done and they so deserve all the accolades.







Last Tuesday (9 August) we held our media launch at the Civic Theatre which was a huge success.  The audience was treated to a few items form the show and got a sneak peek at some of the amazing costumes and hairstyles.





The publicity campaign for "Wicked" is now well underway.  TV ads are now appearing on NBN; the "Wicked"bus is travelling around; the banner is up outside the Civic Theatre and the billboard is getting great attention not to mention all the social media posts.  The cast are doing a wonderful job, sets and costumes are looking great and excitement is building.


Here are some of our leads in front of the billboard.  From left to right: Nessarose (Alana Wilson); Fiyero (Luke Baker); Glinda (Tayla Choice); Elphaba (Rachel Davies); Boq (Dominic Lacey).



All the cast of "Wicked" assembled last Saturday, 7 May for our first reading of the show.  The cast saw some costumes that have already been made as well as the model of the set.  We have assembled a wonderful cast and they are all keen and excited to get started.


After an exhaustive audition process, which saw a record number of people auditioning, we are now thrilled to announce the cast for "Wicked" in 2016.

  • ELPHABA - Rachel Davies
  • GALINDA - Tayla Choice
  • FIYERO - Luke Baker
  • MADAME MORRIBLE - Sharon Stoltenberg
  • WIZARD - Chris Maxfield
  • NESSAROSE - Alana Wilson
  • BOQ - Dominic Lacey
  • DOCTOR DILLAMOND - Andrew Black
  • DANCERS - Kirby-Leigh Coker, James Tolhurst, Luke Aspinall, Amelia Bowsie, Laura Dawson, Bridie Delaney, Samantha Jones, Kristina Love, Gabby Rawsthorne, Sally Smith, Chelsea Willis
  • MALE ENSEMBLE - Shane Bransdon, Callum Close, Luke Carroll, Brett Edman, Mathew Gallimore, Luke Power, Jonathan Scott, John Thomas, James Walker, Dain Watts, Brayden Webber
  • FEMALE ENSEMBLE - Sophie Aked, Melissa Box, Emma Clunies-Ross, Megan Connelly, Sonia Dodd, Rebecca Fitzsimmons, Freya Mereddith, Tracy Morel, Olivia O'Brien, Alex Rigby, Eloise Rowland, Maddie Watts
Congratulations to everyone who obtained a place in the cast.  Thank you to all the other talented people who auditioned - you made the decision process so very difficult.  Newcastle should be very proud of the depth of talent that we have available.  This promises to be an amazing show.


Tickets for our 2016 production of "Wicked" have now gone on sale at Ticketek.  These would make a great Christmas present for someone.  Book early to secure the best seats.



We are thrilled to announce that we have cast the roles of Elphaba and Galinda for our 2016 production of "Wicked".  Rachel Davies will be playing Elphaba and Tayla Choice has the role of Galinda.  Both girls are thrilled to be working together on this production.
Congratulations to them both for getting through the audition process and also to the other hugely talented ladies who made it to the callbacks.  There will be further casting announcements in the coming weeks.


Here are the details of the auditions for our production of "Wicked"in 2016.

Elphaba & Galinda: 
Wednesday 4 November  6.30-10.30pm
Friday 6 November  6.30-10.30pm
Friday 13 November  6.30-10.30pm
Saturday 14 November 1-4pm
The auditions are every 15 minutes.  You need to sing one song of your choice using a backing tape.  Elphaba must also sing Defying Gravity and Galinda must also sing Popular.

Rest of Principals & Ensemble: 
Wednesday 18 November 6.30-10.30pm
Friday 20 November  6.30-10.30pm
Wednesday 25 November  6.30-10.30pm
Friday 27 November  6.30-10.30pm
You need to sing one song of your choice using a backing tape.

All auditions are at Broadmeadow Uniting Church Hall in Broadmeadow Road.
Bookings for auditions open on Monday 12 October.  You must ring Julie on 49485568 to book an audition time and to get further information.


Metropolitan Players are thrilled to announce that our production for 2016 will be "Wicked".  
"Wicked" is the prequel to "The Wizard of Oz" with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Winnie Holzman.  "Wicked" will no doubt prove to be very 'popular' and maintains Metropolitan Players' tradition of bringing large scale, award winning musicals to Newcastle audiences, such as "The Phantom of the Opera", "Hairspray" and "Mary Poppins".
Details regarding auditions for the show will be released next month. 



Wicked season ends - Sunday, September 04, 2016
See below for details. 
Wicked opens - Wednesday, August 24, 2016
See below for details. 
Media Launch - Tuesday, August 09, 2016
See below for details. 
Cast for Wicked Announced - Monday, December 14, 2015
See below for details. 
Wicked Auditions - Friday, October 09, 2015
See below for details.