My Week in Review

This week, I had a busy week. I ended up doing three activities with Student Activities at my school. I decided to talk about each of them today.

  1. Les Mis- Gardner Webb took a group of students to see Les Mis on Sunday in Greenville. This was my 5th time seeing Les Mis live, but my 1st time seeing it on tour. It was so good that I was speechless at the end. Wonderful cast and incredible staging. There are so many reasons to love Les Mis.

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2. Pinterest Night- Wednesday I ended up going to Pinterest night. Everyone painted their own canvas with different painting. Originally I came thinking mine was going to be a Gardner Webb them. But after a friend told me that the dome looked like a stage, I decided to base it around theatre. I at first thought I only Elphaba on the stage, but decided to put Eponine too. It fits that those two girls are on my painting since I equally love Les Mis and Wicked, which puts them both on the top.

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3. Big E- I have never done this before. The Big E is located in Gaffney, South Carolina. For Gardner Webb, the doors opened at 11 at night. In the place, you can either bowl, play laser tag or end up watching a movie. Usually I never go because the movies that were being offered at the time never interested me. When I saw Murder on the Orient Express being offered, I decided to give it a try. I came and there was no way me and my friends could play laser tag since the next game started at 11:30, the same time my movie started. We couldn’t bowl because all the lanes were taken. It is hard to say what I felt about Murder on the Orient Express because I think I might have fallen asleep for part of the movie.

 

 

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Pinterest Night

Last night at school, I attended Pinterest Night. It ended up being painting a picture for that. I literally came in just deciding to think of what I wanted to paint on the spot instead of coming up with an idea ahead of time. Originally I was thinking of doing a Gardner Webb theme. That is why I started with the red dome with the black line outlining it. Then my suite-mate told me that the dome reminded her of a stage, which led me to making the painting a theatre theme. The yellow is supposed to be curtains, which I did get some help on. The stars just adds to the theatre theme.

Eventually I decided the stage needed musical characters on there. I just know there had to be Elphaba on there since she is my all-time favorite musical character. I knew that somehow Les Mis had to be incorporated onto my canvas. While thinking of what Les Mis character to put, it was so hard to think of one. Then I decided that I was going to use Eponine on painting and I don’t know why I picked her.

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In some ways it is fitting that both Elphaba and Eponine are on that canvas. I see some parallels between the two girls. Both girls live in broken families, which I think is worse in Eponine’s situation. Both girls go through unrequited love, but Elphaba eventually gets Fiyero in the end. Both of the girls are taken advantage of: Elphaba through the wizard and Eponine through her parents. Personality wise: they both are complex, strong, brave, and loyal. It took a while till I realized there are some similarities between the two of them and I think that might be part of why I love Eponine. Elphaba is my all-time favorite musical character due to how much I relate to her so I have such a personal bond to her. Eponine on the other hand is a character I don’t even relate to, but her story is so intriguing and heartbreaking, but the fact that she has similarities with Elphaba is part of the reason why I love her.

Fiyero and Glinda vs Fiyero and Elphaba

Today, I will talk about the love triangle in Wicked in a way that I have not done before. It is quite a complex love triangle. It starts out with Fiyero and Glinda as a couple, which has Elphaba end up with unrequited love for Fiyero. But eventually Fiyero breaks up with Glinda and ends up in a relationship with Elphaba, which makes Glinda end up with unrequited love for Fiyero. So I thought I would talk about the two couples. To be honest, I barely know Fiyero and Glinda as a couple.

I do not like Fiyero and Glinda as a couple that much. Fiyero arrives to Shiz and he is this rather cool guy who doesn’t care much about anything. Glinda wants to go out with him, so she ends up setting Boq up to take Nessa to the dance. So Glinda and Fiyero go out to the dance together so in this moment, they become a couple. Their chemistry is not that strong throughout act I. When act II comes along, Fiyero gets really mad at Glinda. That is because she is listening to the people spread rumors about Elphaba and Fiyero is like, why are you supporting them, isn’t that bothering you. Obviously what she is hearing is upsetting her. This is when their relationship fails. I honestly don’t know this couple that well.

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The couple I know the best belongs to Elphaba and Fiyero. Even though they are not a couple in act I, their first intimate moment is the lion cub scene. Even in that scene, they have better chemistry than Fiyero and Glinda. In that scene, clues point to the fact that Fiyero does have a crush on Elphaba, but he doesn’t seem that aware of it. It is in this scene when Elphaba realizes that she is falling in love with him. This scene is truly where the love triangle begins.

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It took hearing rumors spread about Elphaba to realize that he loves her. Their song, “As Long As Your’e Mine” shows that they are mature. They are courageous when it comes to each other. One moment is when Fiyero demands that they let her go and Elphaba tries spell after spell to try to save, but she ended up turning him to the scarecrow.

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This love triangle is the most complex one I have ever come across. It is a love triangle where two couples exist and where both girls get hurt. In act I, it is Elphaba who is dealing with unrequited love and it is act II where it is Glinda who is dealing with unrequited love. But the plot twist makes it a very unique love triangle.

What do you think about these couples? Which one do you prefer? Do you love this love triangle and why?

Parallel Musical Characters

I am doing another list post. Today I will talk about musical characters that are parallel to each other.  Next to each set, I will say why they are parallel.

  1. Elphaba/Eponine- both are young, strong, complex, brave, loyal, and are taken advantage of and live in a broken family and are part of a love triangle
  2. Young Cosette/Eponine- in this scenario, both girls are unloved and abused by the Thendardiers
  3. Jack Kelly/Enjolras- both are leaders of the group
  4. Newsies/Students of the ABC- they are two groups passionate about their cause and have a brotherly love for each other

What are some other sets that come to mind?

Big Character Moments in Musicals

I have talked about musical characters a lot on this blog. But I don’t think at once I brought up what their big character moments are and that is where they develop the most. So in this post I will bring up characters and next to them say what their big moments are. Just to let you know, I might be missing some big moments from characters that I can’t think of right now.

Possible Major or Spoilers Ahead:

Elphaba:

  1. Wizard and I- this is an important step for Elphaba. This happens very early on in the show. Elphaba shows in this song that she just wants to be accepted. She is quite hopeful in this scene and still innocent because she is still quite young-basically college age.

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2. Popular-yes, I put one of Glinda’s song with Elphaba’s big moments and I say it is because it is when the two girls become friends for the first time.

3. For Good- this is a big moment for her because that is when she understands just how important her friendship with Glinda is.

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4. Defying Gravity-this is when Elphaba truly matures.

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Glinda: 

  1. Popular-this is a new step for Glinda when she befriends Elphaba. This moment is important for both girls because it is when they become friends, which is the center of the show

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2. For Good-it is here as well because this is really when Glinda realizes the impact that Elphaba has had on her life

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Fiyero: 

  1. Lion Cub Scene-this may be a speaking scene, but it still is a big moment for Fiyero. Fiyero may not notice it this time, but this when the audience notices that he in fact has a crush on Elphaba. It is hard to describe why this is an important moment for Fiyero, but it is an important step for him.

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2. Thank Goodness-this is when Fiyero puts a big curve on the love triangle. While everyone was spreading rumors about Elphaba, he realizes something important. He has truly matured at this point and discovers that he in fact is in love with Elphaba and not Glinda.

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Eponine: 

  1. On My Own-this is the moment where she finally accepts the situation she is currently in. She talks about how empty her life is through lyrics like “without a home, without a friend, without a face to say hello to” and “a world that’s full of happiness that I have never known. On top of all of that darkness, she also is dealing with unrequited love for Marius and here is when she can accept the fact that Marius will never love it, but it does bring up the fact that she will continue to stand by his side despite the the unrequited love.

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Jean Valjean: 

  1. What Have I Done?- this is a gigantic step for Valjean. He has been released from prison after nineteen years just because he stole a loaf of friend for his family. Right before this scene, the bishop give him food and a place to sleep for the night, but Valjean still steals the bishop’s silver. But when the police took him back, the bishop laid and said that it was a gift. Through the bishop, Valjean has learned the ways of the Lord. Through this song, Valjean reflects on this past and the kindness of the bishop and realizes he has to change and become a better person images-2
  2. Meeting Cosette- this is so important because Cosette was the first person he ever loved after being released so she gives him a new purpose in life unknown-2
  3. Who Am I?- another big moment for Valjean. An innocent man accused of being him is in court so Valjean has a tough decision to make. Does he save the innocent man or does he not? Valjean has decided to turn himself in despite the fact that he still is going to help Fantine.
  4. Bring Him Home-Valjean has arrived at the barricades to protect Marius, Cosette’s love. Here he is praying to save him.

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Boy, Valjean has a lot of big character moments due to how complex he is and how much he changes throughout the show.

Marius: 

  1. Empty Chairs at Empty Tables- this is Marius’ big song. He is suffering through survivor’s guilt after being the only survivor at the barricade. He has lost everyone from Eponine to Gavroche to Enjolras and the rest of his friends. I can’t exactly describe why this is a big character moment for Marius, but it is.

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Jack Kelly: 

  1. Santa Fe- this scene is when Jack starts to go through a lot of internal conflict, but it still is an important moment for him. He sees this huge fight break out due to the strike and sees Cruthcie being arrested. Because of what he witnessed, he is about ready to give up on the strike even though he does not want to give on the other Newsies especially because he is their leader. He has such a wonderful bond to Crutchie and that drives him a lot of internal conflict, which makes this song sad.

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2. Something to Believe In- yes, I think a big character moment for Jack is in a love song. But this is truly the moment where Jack is able to get through his inner conflict. It shows just how much Katherine believes in him. Leading up to this, she saw some of his drawings and thinks it would be a good idea if they put them in the paper. This song really helps Jack climb out of the inner conflict. That inner conflict made Jack a complex character.

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Newsies as a Whole: 

  1. The World Will Know- this is when the Newsies decides to unionize to head towards the strike so it is an important part to the story
  2. Seize the Day-this is truly when the strike begins. They understand the meaning of courage which is shown through the lyrics, “courage cannot erase our fear. courage is when we face our fear”
  3. Once and For All- this is yet another big character moment for the characters. This is the last step of their strike. They start printing their own papers and this shows their cause and this is when it truly comes out. This song shows their determination and shows that Jack has not given up yet despite the fact that he recently has gone through a lot of inner conflict.

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Students of the ABC: 

  1. Do You Hear the People Sing- this is when they go to the streets to try to rally up citizens to help in their strike. It shows just how passionate and hopeful they are when it comes to the strike. It is their revolutionary anthem so it is important step  towards the uprising
  2. Drink With Me- this song is important to the cause. They understand that their uprising is a lost cause and feel hopeless. They know most likely they will die the next day. You can really understand their love for each other throughout this song. Marius is still upset over the loss of Eponine, but he sings about Cosette because it is his hope that he will be able to see her again since he loves her.

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Pippin:

  1. Corner of the Sky- this is when Pippin realizes what he truly wants in life. He wants to find out where he belongs so this song shows what his main goal of this story is. He just wants to find his “corner of the sky”, so he starts going on this kind of adventure after this.

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Roger:

  1. One Song Glory- here is where we find what Roger’s main goal is. He hopes to write one last song before he dies of HIV. Here we can understand how hurt he is at this point due to what happened in his last relationship. This hurt makes you understand why he is so reluctant to enter a relationship with Mimi
  2. I Should Tell You-this is the first time that Roger realizes that he needs Mimi in his life. It is when he finally decides to enter a relationship with her so this is a big step for him.

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So you see character big moments are important. I honestly wish I could add more. Do you agree with this characters moments. What are some big character moments you can think of?

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Unrequited Love Scenarios in Musicals

I once again am talking about romance in musicals. True, I brought up unrequited love a couple of times before. But there was so many characters who deal with it, but respond in different ways. Some characters poorly respond to it while other characters respond to it in a good way. There are some very unusual and ironic situations when it comes to the unrequited love.

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Elphaba/Glinda- well this is where I find a very odd situation. They are part of a love triangle where they both love Fiyero. Fiyero starts out being this rather cool boy who doesn’t really care much for anything. In the beginning, Elphaba did not like Fiyero. In addition, Fiyero and Glinda started dating so they ended up in a relationship. Well the lion cub scene indicates that Elphaba is indeed fallen in love with Fiyero and after the scene, “I’m Not That Girl”, the unrequited love song, is sung by Elphaba. She doesn’t think she is good enough for Fiyero because she is green and does not try to pursue him because her best friend is in a relationship with them. The unrequited love in this case shows Elphaba and Glinda’s loyalty.

It might seem as if Elphaba will always have the unrequited love, but things do take an unexpected turn. Back to the lion cub scene, if you were clearly paying attention, it almost seems as if Fiyero has a crush on Elphaba, but deep down he doesn’t quite realize it. Act II starts up and Fiyero is listening to all of these rumors spread about Elphaba and he knows they are not true and realizes that Glinda is not the girl for him, but instead it is Elphaba. So you have a bit of an unrequited love shift going on here. Elphaba and Fiyero in my opinion are a better couple than Glinda and Fiyero because they have a better chemistry and their song, “As Long As Your’e Mine” shows a sense of maturity. Glinda responds to the unrequited love in a similar way that Elphaba responds because she too like Elphaba does not try to steal him away from Elphaba.

But still this unrequited love situation between Elphaba and Glinda is quite odd and ironic because they are both involved in the same love triangle, but yet both deal with unrequited love at some point.

Boq- well this is another unrequited love situation in Wicked. I always seem to overlook Boq as there is not as much attention focused on him as there is on Elphaba, Fiyero, and Glinda. Boq obviously has a crush on Glinda, but it is clear that Glinda is just not interested in him. So we have a bit of a love square going on. He responds by staying faithful towards Glinda. He asks her out during “Dancing Through Life” and that is when you know that he has a crush on her, but she says something around the lines of that is so sweet, but instead asks him to go out with Nessa and he does. So his story actually seems to revolve around unrequited love unlike Glinda and Elphaba, whose stories revolve around friendship.

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Nessa-what did I just say? I just said Wicked is home to a love square, but here I just threw in another part of the equation. Nessa, Elphaba’s younger sister, ends up falling in love with Boq. She is someone who does not seem to respond that well to unrequited love. At first, she doesn’t know that Boq doesn’t love her, but the audience does. To keep Boq under her care, she imprisons all the Munchkins since Boq is one himself. So he basically wants Boq all to herself. After seeing that Boq isn’t into her, she responds by trying to cast a spell on him to get him to stay, but the spell goes terribly wrong, which ends up shrinking his heart and all Elphaba knows to save him is to turn him into a tin man, but Nessa places the blame on Elphaba.

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So Wicked has four, not one character deal with unrequited love. That makes it quite an interesting romantic arc. But the main trio is who I focus on the most and that main trio is my favorite of the love triangle.

The Phantom- this unrequited love situation is easier to follow than Wicked’s. In Phantom of the Opera, the love triangle is straightforward so it is always Phantom with the unrequited love. He is yet a second person who does not respond well to the unrequited love. He wants Christine all to himself and does everything in his power to make sure she gets a lead role in the shows. He responds in very destructive and revengeful ways. He threatens the Opera House and threatens Christine when he makes her choose between being with him or killing Raoul. So he honestly does not respond well to the unrequited love even though he lets her go at the end. The Phantom, being as dark and mysterious as him, makes this love triangle so unique.

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Eponine-like seriously, what would an unrequited love post be without Eponine? She like the Phantom has a story that revolves around unrequited love. She is deeply in love with Marius, but he loves Cosette. To understand why she loves Marius so much is to understand her life outside of him. Her life outside of Marius is dark and empty and lonely. She was raised to be a criminal and a thief by her selfish and greedy parents. No one treated her kindly growing up. Marius was the first and only person in her life to treat her with kindness and that is why she loves him so deeply.

Eponine responds by showing true love towards Marius. She would do anything for him. She helps Marius and Cosette get together even though it hurts. She prevents her father and his gang from robbing Valjean’s house when Marius is with Cosette. She may not have been raised right, but at least being in love with Marius makes her a better person and chooses to be loyal to him instead of her parents.

Her unrequited love does take her to the barricade and in the stage show, when Marius noticing that she is there sends her away with a love letter to Cosette in order to protect her. Her unrequited love song, “On My Own” shows just how strong her love for Marius is and how empty her life is. Even though Marius tries to protect her, she still goes back to the barricade and gets shot, but it comes with fatal consequences. Even though her life is so tragic, at least she gets to die in the arms of the man she loves. She like Elphaba, Glinda, and Boq responds to unrequited in a good way unlike the way that Phantom and Nessa respond.

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This is crazily three musicals, but yet there are six characters dealing with unrequited love. The Wicked situation is why there are so many since four characters in that musical go through unrequited love. The love triangle between Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero strengthens the friendship between Glinda and Elphaba because it helps shows their loyalty towards each other. The love triangle between Phantom, Christine, and Raoul is basically the entire story and is straightforward. The love triangle between Cosette, Marius, and Eponine adds more to the love theme in Les Mis. So unrequited love happens in musicals and it is crazy how its still unrequited love, but yet these characters respond in different ways.

Why I Love Elphaba

Besides Glinda, Elphaba is the second protagonist in Wicked. Not only is Elphaba my favorite character from Wicked, but she is also my all-time favorite character in musicals. That means that I have such a personal bond with her and there are many reasons to love the character.

For starters she is complex, strong, and brave, which are three characteristics I love about her. Her complexity helps her become real, her bravery shows up in different ways and you see her strength starting in “Defying Gravity”, but I think she is strong before the song. At one point she does show her bravery is when she decides to go up against the Wizard and when she tries to save Fiyero when he is in danger of being tortured.

Being a strong character means that you are able to thrive in tough situations and care about those in your life. Elphaba is also loyal, smart, determined big-hearted and as Fiyero says talkative, and she believes in equality and staying true to herself.

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Her loyalty is shown when it comes to her best friend, Glinda. When the two both fall in love with Fiyero, when Glinda is in a relationship with him, she does not pursue him because she doesn’t want to destroy their friendship. So her friendship with Glinda is another reason why you can easily fall in love with her.  Elphaba can be impulsive at times and that is when you see her magical powers, but at the same she doesn’t know how to control them.

Many of these characteristics are things I can relate to, but not all of them. Like her, I am smart, determined, big-hearted, different, impulsive, and sometimes feel misunderstood at times, and believe in equality and staying true to myself. In addition, I can relate to the whole aspect of friendship. Because of my relatability with her, it is a huge reason why I have such a strong bond with her.  Because I cannot seem to separate Glinda from Elphaba, it makes Glinda my second favorite female musical character. Elphaba is one of the biggest reasons why Wicked is a spectacular musical.