Some of my musical theatre memories are more meaningful than others. I decided to highlight some of my favorites in this post. Some of my favorites- I don’t have vivid memories of, but still fit in this category.
- This is one of the memories where I don’t have a vivid memory of. However, it is still important in my musical theatre journey. Only my mom and I went to NYC alone. My first memory of Wicked was seeing the musical on Broadway. While the only things I remember was being with mom and what my favorite song was, this was BIG. After all, Wicked was truly the beginning of my musical theatre journey.
Wicked- Gardner Webb
- I had already seen Wicked three times. Once on Broadway and three times on tour. Something was special in this fourth visit. I went to see Wicked with Gardner Webb University. Gardner Webb had changed me for good and the same is true for Wicked. So, being able to see Wicked with Gardner Webb added more meaning to the musical. This was the cast I remember the most- it was only the Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero I remember. Ovens Auditorium was all I have all the tours I have seen with Wicked- that is why I associate that musical with Ovens.
West End- Les Mis
- To describe this experience is hard to put into words. I saw Les Mis in London on July 30th, 2015. It was my dream to see Les Mis in the West End. When I found out, I ran up to my mom crying. When I saw the Queen’s Theater, I thought I was imagining- it did not seem real. The same applies to buying souvenirs to seeing the set and noticing how close I was. The moment I heard the most notes- I knew for a fact, my dream was becoming reality. It was more than expected- I knew from the first notes for the orchestra. I did have an understudy as Jean Valjean. No words to describe that night.
Les Mis- Gardner Webb
- In addition to seeing Wicked with Gardner Webb, I saw Les Mis with Gardner Webb. This time, instead of Charlotte, I saw the show at Greenville. Being able to see Les Mis with GWU did add to how meaningful Les Mis is. Loved that cast. It was amazing being able to experience the show at the Peace Center. The Peace Center is such a gorgeous theater.
Newsies-CPCC (Central Piedmont Community College)
- I had already seen a touring production of Newsies, and the musical did become a favorite of mine. I wanted to see Newsies at CPCC when I found out they were doing the show over the summer. There were no signs all summer that my mom or anybody in my family was going to take me to Newsies. When the week of the show came, by Friday, I was 100% convinced and accepted that I wasn’t going to the musical. Then Saturday came- one of my best friends showed up at my house not telling me that she was coming, and I did not know what we were doing. It turned out that she had bought tickets for Newsies at CPCC- they were sitting in will call. My family and her had kept it a secret for a month. I don’t know how they can around a musical theatre fanatic.
Annie- Fox Theater
- The Fox Theater is in St. Louis, and just like Peace Center, it is another gorgeous theatre. I ended up going to St. Louis on my own. Annie is a childhood musical, and it used to be my favorite musical. Usually if I have a date with just one person- it tends to be with my mom. I went to St. Louis to spend a week with my grandma- Annie was a date between the two of us.
Les Mis Party 2017
- I went to my 2nd Les Mis party in 2017. I went to my first the year before, which was a surprise, which meant I couldn’t dress up as a character. This year, I actually dressed up as one of the characters- I choose Eponine- a character I would dress up as Halloween that same year. The Les Mis party was more fun in 2017 all because I could dress up as one of my favorite characters from Les Mis.
Below: the picture on the left is how I looked when I went to the party. On the right is my outfit from Halloween. They are the same pieces and everything- one picture just shows the entire costume.
Other Dressing Up:
- Well, in 2017, other than dressing up as Eponine for both a Les Mis party and Halloween, I ended up dressing up as Rizzo and Glinda. I had more fun dressing up as Rizzo than I thought- even though I barely know her and doesn’t have much of an impact on my life. For Winter Formal, when I told my suitemates that my dress reminded of the “Popular” costume, they actually looked it up, and made me look like her- Glinda, unlike Rizzo, is a meaningful character.
Additional Memories: Not including College Productions
- Miss Saigon-Belk Theater (Charlotte)
- Fiddler on the Roof- Fox Theater (St. Louis)
- Pippin- Belk Theater (Charlotte): date with mom
- Sound of Music- Belk Theater (Charlotte)
- Newsies- Belk Theater (Charlotte)
- Phantom of the Opera- Peace Center (Greenville): date with mom
- Mamma Mia- Belk Theater (Charlotte)
- Lion King- Belk Theater (Charlotte)
- It is amazing how there are so many favorite musical theatre memories. A lot of them have seeing a musical. Some do not include seeing musicals- dressing up as characters or just going to a party.