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.