August 21, 2014 6:04 pm
Updated: August 21, 2014 6:05 pm

Watch: It’s not easy being green – and Wicked


WINNIPEG – Preparing for one of the lead roles in Wicked requires a lot of patience — and a lot of green.

Global News goes behind the scenes at Winnipeg’s Centennial Concert Hall Thursday to see the transformation of actor Alyssa Fox into Elphaba, also known as the Wicked Witch of the West.

“You’re preparing right up until the minute you go on stage,” says Fox.

It’s a team effort.

“The greening for me, is about doing it as perfectly as I can, to give it that translucent appearance so that the audience gets captivated,” says makeup artist Joyce McGilberry who’s been doing makeup since 2006. “Growing up I loved storytelling..I love just walking into that world of make believe and believing it.”

The long-running Broadway hit musical is on stage in Winnipeg for the first time since 2011. The show had its opening night Wednesday and continues through to Aug. 30.

It tells the story of Elphaba and her friendship with Glinda (the Good Witch of the North) in the Land of Oz before the arrival of Dorothy and the events of the classic Wizard of Oz story.

Actor Alyssa Fox begins her transformation into the Wicked Witch of the West before her Winnipeg stage performance in Wicked.

Talia Ricci

See Fox’s full transformation on Global News at 6 & 10 Thursday and on the Morning News Friday, and on

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