Glinda is the Good Witch. She appears at the beginning of ‘The Wizard of Oz’, just when Dorothy arrives to Oz. There, the American actress Billie Burke is waiting for her and guides her to meet the Wizard. She is a good witch, helping the others but in ‘Wicked’ we discover her story and we see that her character is not that simple. She changes, she gets transformed and grows up. All the show is about Elphaba according to Glinda, because she remembers all her story.
At the beginning of the story, she is called Galinda. She is an arrogant and popular young girl but after meeting Elphaba she changes a lot. Even being very bumptious, she decides to do her best to help the rest of the people too, on her own way, becoming Glinda. With her, we can also discover how hard is fame, because she has to give a portrayal of herself that doesn’t belong to how she really feels. But she has a reputation to look after as well.
Becoming Glinda isn’t easy. She is a soprano and during the show she must reach very high notes. Also, she is wearing huge costumes and lots of different wigs. She is a funny character, so that gives her lot of more responsibility, to make the audience laugh and have a good time. Lots of actresses have performed as Glinda in the different productions of the show, but this week we’ll see about some of them, I hope you enjoy.