Wicked has returned to TPAC in Nashville through April 22 and starring in the role of Glinda is Brentwood local Ginna Claire Mason, Brentwood Academy alum.
In an interview with Phindie Mason said the “theatre bug” caught her early and her first stage role was Little Miss Muffet in a first-grade play. From there she took part in local theatre and later graduated from Elon University Music Theatre program.
Mason first saw Wicked over a decade ago and knew she was meant to be in the production someday.
“I saw the original cast with my dad 13 years ago on Broadway. We were in the 4th row, and at intermission, I turned and told him I would play Glinda someday. I got the t-shirt and the soundtrack, which played on repeat for years in my house,” said Mason to Phindie.
Mason had been the standby for Broadway’s production before joining the traveling musical. Playing the part of Glinda requires a regiment which Mason explains consist of sleeping eight hours a night, drinking lots of water, and continuing voice lessons.
Kristin Chenoweth who played the original Glinda sent Mason a message through a friend about playing the role of Glinda.
“I have a little cherished video of Kristin Chenoweth telling me to ‘make the people laugh, sorry the crown is heavy, have the time of your life,’ Mason told the Huffington Post.
In a 10 questions with TPAC video, Mason talks about her first Broadway show, and her favorite restaurant, which happens to be Merridee’s in downtown Franklin (she recommends the chicken salad sandwich on egg bread, by the way!)
Brentwood still remains dear to the theater star. On the Tennessee Vacation website, Mason gives a mention to Puffy Muffin in Brentwood and Crockett Park where she likes to connect with nature.
Watch the video below “10 Questions with Ginna Claire Mason.”
WICKED runs at TPAC now until April 22. Purchase your tickets online here
WICKED, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” From the first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment, WICKED—the untold true story of the Witches of Oz.