I finally got to see Wicked. After listening to the music for more than two years, loving it and dreaming about going to see the musical, we went.
Wicked is loosely attached to The Wizard of Oz. It’s about the Wicked Witch of the East (Elphaba) and how she became the Wicked Witch of the East. There’s of course the original characters like Glinda and the Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Elphaba is the daughter of the governor of Munchkin land and is green from head to toe. Not very normal. When she goes to school, she meets Glinda and they didn’t get along. Eventually they did become friends, best friends. One day the Wizard summoned Elphaba to the Emerald city. There the Wizard had Elphaba perform magic and in doing so created winged monkeys. Elphaba did not agree with this and the Wizard did not agree with her and therefore spread the lie that she was wicked.
I first heard about the possibility of getting to see the play when my mom offered to organize a trip for the RHS/NCSS Drama department and I was very excited. The only problem was that we had to wait for about two or three months. That took forever. But the day finally came. Sunday, Feb. 23, everyone who was going met at the Rhinelander High School band room door and got on the bus that was taking us. We were squished because there were 50 of us. It took three hours to get there and everyone was stiff, but the uncomfortable bus ride was worth it.
Even as we pulled up to the curb I could tell this was going to be amazing. I was able to see through the windows of the Fox City Performing Arts Center and everything was wicked green.
When we got in, we headed to our seats. Our seats happened to be the absolute highest seat there in the last row. We were far from the stage but that didn’t stop the magic that took place. When the lights went down, the first orchestra notes played, the giant dragon head on the stage started moving and blowing smoke out of its nose. I got goose bumps and settled in for the greatest show I’ve ever seen.
The costumes were stunning, creative and colorful, and the sets were beautiful, intricate and seemed to be alive. The music and songs were totally breath taking. I could sing most of the songs along with the cast, but I did that in my head so I wouldn’t miss a thing happening on stage. It was wonderful. But all things must come to an end sometime and it was time to go. Three hours back.
When Ms. Larsen asked what my favorite part was, I said, “How can you pick one favorite part of that?”
Just to sum it all up “That was totally Wicked.”