Year 5 had an amazing opportunity to see Wicked at the Bristol Hippodrome on Thursday last week. Wicked is a West End show from London, starring Helen Woolf (as Glinda) and Amy Ross (as Elphaba).
Wicked is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. It is based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, an alternative telling of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz and L Frank Baum's classic 1900 novel: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The musical is told from the perspective of the Witches of the Land of Oz. The plot begins before and continues after Dorothy's arrival in Oz from Kansas and it includes several references to the 1939 film and Baum's novel. Wicked tells the story of two unlikely friends, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and Galinda (whose name later changes to Glinda the Good Witch).
Before watching the show we learned two of the songs from Wicked, with Mrs Millard. ‘Popular’ and ‘For Good’. The composer Stephen Schwartz uses the ‘Unlimited’ theme throughout his score. Although not included as a titled song, the theme appears as an interlude in several of the musical numbers. In a tribute to Harold Arlen, who wrote the score for the 1939 film adaptation, the ‘Unlimited’ melody incorporates the first seven notes of the song ‘Over the Rainbow’.
I really enjoyed Wicked and my favourite song was ‘Defying Gravity’. Amy Ross had a really strong voice and brought everyone nearly to tears. Elphaba was my favourite character, because she was such an amazing singer and performer. She is now my new inspiration.
My favourite part of the story is when Fiyero tells Elphaba the way he feels about her and Elphaba says she suddenly feels Wicked. I don’t blame Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) for being mean to Dorothy, her house landed on her sister, the Wicked Witch of the East.
The effects in Wicked were truly remarkable, with the dancers all wearing individual costumes in a myriad of green, in the Emerald City. It was incredible to watch the show and learn about the origins of the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion. I thoroughly recommend this show and would give it 4 out of 5 stars.
Thank you to Mrs Brook for giving up her time to accompany us to the theatre.
Written by Laura, Year 5