Monday, June 13, 2011

i have been changed for good

Last night we went to WICKED with Lillian. Actually, with lots of Orange City people too. 52 of us in all I think. Old (as in former, not old) :) teachers, friends, family, strangers. all of us sharing the experience. It was so fun.

There's not really even a whole lot to say. I guess I'm just still in la la land. We loved it.

For those of you that don't know, Lillian has loved Wicked as long as I have. We got the music years ago and were hooked right away. She insisted on being Elphaba for Haloween a couple years ago, see?

and at 3 or 4 years old would just walk around the house singing the songs from the soundtrack at the top of her lungs. She has a love for theatrical arts like her parents, although it seems to be more of the audience side like her mama now that she's older, instead of the on-stage part like her daddy that she had a bit more of when she was younger. Either way, we really want to feed her passion if we can, so we head to the Rose theater or other school productions whenever we can get the chance.

So, needless to say, she loved it. She was really tired, but she loved it. She was asked about a million times what her favorite part was, and didn't have an answer til this morning: when Elphaba was singing in the rain (I'm Not That Girl). I totally love that song, and yes, it was a cool part with the effects of the rain and such. But I was really shocked that it was her favorite part! I can only imagine she'll have many favorite parts as she processes it all. I just wish I could get inside her head and see what she's thinking. :)

For me, I loved it even more than the first time I saw it. I think I was a little more annoyed with Glinda last time, since I didn't pick up on THAT MUCH annoying-ness from the music. But this time, since I was expecting it, I thought she was hilarious. And Elphaba was AMAZING. Gosh, I'd love to see Idina and Kristen do it, but I'm not really sure it could possibly be a whole lot better than what we saw last night. SOOOOO GOOOD. It was just lovely to be out with my husband and lots of the people I love most in life.

Here are a few pictures to prove we did it. :) I could also show you our empty bank account as proof, after the tickets, the dinner, the babysitter, the tshirt....but man, the memories? priceless. :)

If you've never seen the show, you've just got to. It's such a great story. It's entertaining, convicting, romantic, hilarious, moving, everything you can imagine. Its a story you'll think about forever. It'll make you wonder what people's real story is, instead of just the part you (think you) know. and it'll change you. for good.


Anonymous said...

i can totally relate about liking it more the 2nd time b/c i was ready for glinda's FULL personality! and, this glinda rocked :) we need to do more stuff like this together!


Randi said...

I soooo wish I would've known all these people from the area were going! I want to see Wicked so bad! I made myself read the book before I would let myself go to the show, now just need to pay closer attention to when it's somewhere close enough to go!

I love that Lillian loved it so much! It's so much fun seeing kids so happy!

Anonymous said...

This is the cutest Elphaba costume EVER. Parenting : you are doing it right. I only wish I had been exposed to the musical world as a kid, instead I learned through High School. Theatre is an amazing exprience!! So much to learn from it!

Unknown said...

This is just the sweetest thing, and your little girl sounds exactly like my 4 year old. We saw Wicked last fall, and she has been crazy about Elphaba ever since. Upon walking home from the theater she told me she wanted to be Elphaba for Halloween and hasn't stopped talking about it since. So, although I am a few months ahead of the game, I thought I would start tracking down costume as I thought it may be a bit tricky. You, however, did a fantastic job. How did you do the make up?

Well done, Mom!