Last Saturday, my family and I went to see Wicked, The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. This was our second time to see this musical (the first time was in Singapore in January 2012) but when we found out that this was going to be staged here in Manila, we all wanted to watch it again! We booked our tickets as early as August 2013 and it was worth the wait!
You see, we are such a musical family. We try to catch productions, local and international, as much as we can, and every year, we find ourselves making a trip to the theatre at least once. Aside from the pleasure, the entertainment, the experience of being transported to another kingdom or era, we find it a good time to unwind, to “sit back, relax and enjoy the show”. Musicals keep all of us engaged when we have our family conversations and listening to the soundtracks in the car is enough to keep us in high spirits while on the road.
Arielle is such a “theatre gal” (She came up with that name herself a few years back). She really is serious when it comes to stage performances and Broadway! She reads about them, researches, and does her best to find as much info as she can about a production, and learns the songs on her own. And Kayla just loves bonding with her Ate (big sister) when they talk about the plot, their favorite characters, when they sing songs at the top of their lungs, and even attempt to play a piece or two on the piano or guitar, just by ear. That’s why Mike and I think that theatre tickets are worth spending on.
Wicked has become a personal favorite of mine because of the characters, Glinda and Elphaba, and all of the songs made me love the musical from beginning till the end (the whole 3 hours of it)! It really is one “wicked” show to watch!
I will not attempt to make a review (I am not a professional theatre critic, but if you’d like to read one, click here and another one here by Ms. Lea Salonga) or do a synopsis (link already shared at the start). What I’d like to do instead is share with you the lessons I personally have learned from the musical:
1. Don’t judge a person by his or her appearance.
2. It is OKAY to be different.
3. It’s true that first impressions count, but they shouldn’t be the last impression.
4. Be one of those people who care for and love those who are different and treated differently.
5. People deserve respect and love, no matter how different he or she is.
6. There is good in every person. Just as there is also wickedness in human nature.
7. Do not push people too hard. Don’t be a bully. Don’t push them to their limits. You can be the reason why they change their character and become a bad person.
8. Totally different persons can actually get along. It can be fun to have a friend who is your total opposite.
9. Do not be a phony! Be true to yourself!
10. Every person can be some kind of wonderful.
11. Stand up for what you truly believe in.
12. Speak up your mind.
13. Have courage! Believe and fight for what’s in your heart! Take that leap! Defy gravity!
14. Take challenges and do hard things.
15. Go for your dreams. They really can come true! Just make sure that you do not lose sight of what really matters.
16. People can do crazy things in the name of love. And there are people who do have the heart to love those who are considered outcast and different.
17. Sometimes, you do have to let go of the person you love.
17. You reap what you sow. Do evil and you will pay the price.
18. Sometimes, we just have to dance through life.
19. People do come into our lives for reason.
20. And may the reason that we come into and touch another person’s life is to change the other for the better, for good. (I just love that song!)
May the magic of “Wicked” touch you with these not-to-be ignored life lessons!
Have you seen “Wicked”? What play or musical have you seen last? Share your insights with me!
If you haven’t gone to the theatre lately, then I highly encourage you to do so! The experience is rich and stimulating…culturally, artistically, visually, auditorily, linguistically, musically! Such a great learning venue for the kids, bonding time for the whole family, and a conversation piece that could extend even after the show has ended (way, way after the show has ended ) Now that to me, is real learning.
* On the blogging side of this post, may I just add that as I was finalizing this article, the closing was inspired by Make It Blissful.com’s Tell Stories On Your Blog :)
* Also, this post is a participating blog in Let’s Homeschool High School’s Blog Hop. Just click the link below if you want to join and link up with rest or if you simply want to read the other posts!
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