Elon grad a part of “Wicked” tour

Kennedy Caughell, a recent Elon University graduate, is part of the "Wicked" national touring production, which will make a stop at the Durham Performing Arts Center Jan. 7-25. / Photo submitted

By Kaitlin Gillespie
Times-News correspondent

   DURHAM — “Wicked” draws people in with its mystical tale, entrances the mind with the music and effects, and encourages all who encounter it to go and tell others of the power and sheer talent it possesses. Reaching more than 8 million theatergoers worldwide, the touring production of “Wicked” will be performed at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) starting Jan. 7 and continuing through Jan. 25.
“Wicked” is a tale meant to explain the story of Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West. It is a prequel of sorts to show why each woman turned into the person they are betrayed as in the “The Wizard of Oz,” whether that be famous or infamous.
Cast member Kennedy Caughell, a recent graduate of Elon University, raved about the “chemistry of the cast” and how the caliber of talent they possess is “no less than what you would expect to see on Broadway.” Caughell is a member of the ensemble and understudy of Elphaba, and said the show “has something for any age.”
    “You can almost feel the energy radiating from the crowd as they sit and take everything in,” she said. The show, she said, inspires a plethora of emotions, and leaves the viewers with a better understanding of the magical land of Oz.
“It is an alternative look at a classic tale that you just have to see to believe,” Caughell added.
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7, 13-15 and 20-22, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Jan. 10, 17 and 24, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11, 18 and 25 and 8 p.m. Jan. 9, 16, and 23. Tickets are $53 and up and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com. The Durham Performing Arts Center is at 123 Vivian St., Durham.

 Kaitlin Gillespie is a sophomore at Western Carolina University and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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