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Posted: Friday, March 9, 2018 12:40 pm

Last weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to be wicked. Oh, so wicked. I did it with a couple who are friends and their mother and grandmother. Here we were…three gray haired ladies and a younger couple all going to be wicked!

Well actually…we really weren’t going to be wicked…we just went to see Wicked. Yes, Wicked, the play.

This was my fourth time seeing the play and it is really my favorite. Wicked is The Wizard of Oz as told from the witch’s side of the story. Every time I see the play, I notice more new things about it.

Wicked was playing at the Broward Center for Performing Arts. Thankfully, the husband drove so I didn’t have to worry about fighting traffic or finding my way. We arrived in Broward early enough to catch a bite to eat prior to the show and then on to the theatre.

The Performing Arts Center is very nice however we discovered that there needs to be more training for the volunteers. We had a 93-year-old lady with us who was walking with a walker and we were misguided three times which had us taking two different elevators on two different sides of the building! The last volunteer who directed us correctly stated, “Well you are in the correct building.” She tried to make light of it but we were so frustrated over trying to find out seats.

Finally, seated we were ready to enjoy the show.

My friend mentioned something to me that I never thought of. She said that anyone who has ever been bullied should see this play. I thought about it and it is true. There are so many important lessons to learn in watching Wicked.

We were a little disappointed with the sound quality in the mezzanine. We could hear individuals speaking but in many instances, could not make out the words when anyone was singing. That’s a shame as the words are so powerful. I knew them so it didn’t bother me but I wished the others could have better understood them.

I absolutely love the music and in fact, have told everyone that at my funeral, they are to play the song, For Good from Wicked. I played it at a close friend’s funeral several years ago and it means so much to me. It talks about friendship and how the person was changed for good because she knew them. “Because I knew you…I have been changed for good.”

I am truly a better person because I knew her. We spent so much time together and I knew I could tell her my deepest secrets or ask for her opinion and get a very honest answer. That’s what For Good is about. I miss my dear friend so much that I still shed tears. I have a collection of pins and flower pins that were my friends and I wear them often as they help me to remember that I am so much better off because I knew her.

I pray that in my lifetime I can touch someone in the way that my friend who passed away had touched me.

For Good was the next to the last song and of course, as I sat there in the dark, tears trickled down my cheeks as I listened and remembered.

It was a Wicked weekend!

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