My Wicked Experiance

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Juliana Lombardi writes, Everyone has seen the Wizard of Oz and knows Dorothy’s side of the story…

Everyone has seen the Wizard of Oz and knows Dorothy’s side of the story, but what did the Wicked Witch of the West want in life? And don’t answer shoes! I mean other than the shoes. In ‘Wicked’, a Broadway musical, the public gets into the head of the misunderstood green girl, Elphaba. And so did I. I wanted to see this musical for a long time and for my fourteenth birthday, my dad drove me to Kansas City to see it. After a 10-hour trip, my dad and I arrived at the hotel. It was a historic hotel, but that’s not really what I cared about. I was more interested in the fact that the walk to the theater was less than a minute. So, my dad and I checked in (the people there are sooo nice!) and went up to our room in the freaky elevator that opened when you walked to it. We ate dinner and bounded off to see the show. We get into the theater and the first thing I see is a ‘Wicked’ poster book. My dad bought it for me and then I got a ‘Defying Gravity’ shirt. We grabbed three playbills and got to our seats. They were amazing seats too–orchestra level and not too close, but not too far from the stage.The lights dimmed and the Time Clock Dragon above the stage began to move and blow smoke. Flying monkeys bounded onto the stage and did a 30-second dance before the citizens of Oz begin to celebrate that the Wicked Witch is dead. Now at this point, a really tall couple sits in front of me so I couldn’t see. So I made my dad trade seats with me. Then Glinda, formally Galinda, floats onto stage in a bubble, singing. Played by Katie Rose Clark, Glinda sings with the Ozians and asks a very important question, “Are people born wicked or do they have wickedness thrust upon them?” An Ozian then asks if Glinda was friends with the Witch, to which Glinda says that they went to school together. The audience is then introduced to Elphaba Thropp, played by Carmen Cusack. The character’s personalities are introduced to the viewers. Elphaba was the outcast, the one with all the powers, and Galinda was the pretty, popular cheerleader type. The two become friends shortly before Elphaba gains her reputation as ‘wicked’. The two travel to the Emerald City where Elphaba discovers a shocking secret and becomes ‘wicked’. At this point the powerhouse song ‘Defying Gravity’ shows Elphaba leaving her old dreams behind. Then, in the second act, Galinda, now Glinda, and Elphaba have grown apart. Twists and turns involving the Wicked Witch of the East, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow bring the two together again before the final melting of the Wicked Witch. Shortly before the melting occurs, Elphaba says to Glinda, “You were the only friend I ever had,” to which Glinda replies, “And I had so many friends….but only one that mattered.” Elphaba and Glinda sing the heart-wrenching song ‘For Good’ and then Elphaba is melted. Glinda declares that she will try to live up to her title as Glinda the Good and mourns the death of her best friend. But wait….there is a special surprise at the end that you won’t want to miss. The play got a standing ovation in the time span of two seconds. I was so disappointed that it was over! My dad and I left (I was really tempted to wait and say hi to the cast members but I decided that they would be tired) and we went to our hotel, where I watched the ‘Wizard of Oz’. Watching it, I realized that Glinda(in the movie) was a big bubble-brain. I fell asleep and dreamt of Wicked. That was my ‘Wicked’ Experience.

7 COMMENTS

  1. your so lucky!
    your so lucky!!!!!!! i wish i could’ve gone. anyway, great story. i liked how you retold the story but didn’t give too much away…great job!!!

  2. I saw Wicked when it came…
    I saw Wicked when it came to Denver last year, and my sister saw it on Broadway. It might be my favorite musical. DEFY GRAVITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Defy Gravity, For Good!
    Defy Gravity, For Good!Thanks! Hope you all get a chance to see it someday!

  4. Don’t feel bad about sing…
    Don’t feel bad about singing these songs at school. They are absolutely wonderful and have morphed into part of pop culture today.~can’t bring meee down~

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