I was recently asked this question in a job application.
I started to type what I thought was the right answer, but I literally couldn’t put it into words.
I decided to think back to what made me passionate about the performing arts. And it was one show, one performance that got me hooked.
Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz
“In some ways, Wicked’s massive commercial success comes as no surprise, as it fits
the formula for the popular megamusical. With catchy music, clever lyrics, quirky and
recognizable characters, huge sets, lavish costumes, and spectacular theatrical effects
such as robotic lighting, smoke, fire, trapdoors, and flying actors, Wicked epitomizes
to a certain degree the kind of crowd-pleasing musical theatre” (Stacy Wolf – Changed for Good).
Based on Gregory Maguire’s dark best-selling novel, “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West,” the show imparts the story of a vehement friendship between two adolescent girls.
All though the catchy music, clever lyrics and quirky characters, but the thing that got me was the postfeminist, girl-power message aimed at adolescents who grew up believing that could do whatever they wanted.