This week’s Wicked profile is on Zac Hanlon who plays Chistery the leader of the monkeys.
Age - 18, role - Chistery, dream job. Actor, writer, director.
Favourite thing about your character? Depth, Chistery remains kind even after serve abuse.
Most challenging thing about your character? I’m not a monkey.
How would you explain your character? Chistery is a kind, playful and reserved character, anxious and hesitant after years of slavery from the Wizard.
What is your role in Wicked? I am the leader of the monkeys, the personal favourite of both the Elphaba and the Wizard.
Favourite thing about your character/role? Chistery has an astounding amount of depth, considering he is the least human character amongst the lead roles.
What is the most challenging part of your role? The role of Chistery is extremely physical, my character has to be much more conveyed in movement than sound or voice.
How would you explain your character? Chistery is a victim in Wicked, however he remains kind, loving and playful. He is a very pure character, and I think represents Elphaba ‘s purity.
Have you been involved in drama/arts before? Drama has been in my life since high school …
… and has remained to be the greatest source of joy and inspiration.
What is the most exciting part about being in a musical? Seeing everything come together, learning more of others, and of the arts, meeting new people and altogether creating something beautiful.
Favourite musical? La La Land.
Favourite song? Run to you – Pentatonix
Favourite food? Spaghetti bolognaise.
Biggest fear? Painfully and spontaneously growing extra limbs.
What do you hope to get out of being in Wicked? Going from being part of such a great production, as well as more experience to hopefully help me in a future career in drama and the arts.