In seventh grade, I was first introduced into the theatre world by a group of my eighth grade friends singing a song I had never heard before. I did not have the time to ask them what it was called, but they told me it was from a musical called Wicked; the song in question was called “What is This Feeling?”, though at the time, all I knew was that it was about some people hating each other; back then, I’d believed it to be a love song between the Wicked Witch of the West and some unnamed male lead. I did not know anything about the musical other than it was about the Wicked Witch of the West and how she was supposedly good. This, being a novel concept to me, seemed idiotic, and I rejected the notion of such a silly musical. Since then, I had heard from numerous people that this was a great musical, and by the time I came to Parkview in 2009, I’d grown to be fed up with all of this talk of witches and scarecrows and something about gravity. I gave in, decided to try and find the soundtrack on iTunes, but, as these things go, I forgot about it almost immediately.
Then I joined the Parkview theatre. As far as I could tell, everyone had seen this amazing musical except me. Lacking funds, I could not get the soundtrack. I’d not even heard any of the music until I joined Chelsea and Colleen’s skit of “What is This Feeling?” (Odd correlation, this song twice being my first introduction to the musical). I was blown away by how energetic and powerful the song was when I first heard in full, and scurried as fast as I could to the internet to look it up. Needless to say, I started to really want to see this musical. I had given up conviction of ever getting a chance to see it, though, since I had neither the time nor the money; then, a beacon of hope alighted upon my spirit: I was going to see Wicked at the Fox. That day, I saw Heaven in all of its glory, and I can confidently say that when I die, I am going to Oz…on stage.
My experience at the Fox moved me deeply....
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