13 April 2009

The Wizard of Oz.

Look at this. I must have it. It will be mine.

I played the Wicked Witch in our high school's production of The Wizard of Oz; there's even a photo of me in our yearbook in my oh-so-sexy latex nose. I suffered for my art. I remember being distraught at the sight of several of my Lee Press-on nails (remember those?) flying across the stage during a performance, starting my disillusionment with acting in general and musical theatre specifically. When you can't dance too well and you can't control clawlike plastic fingernails, those are hints. After the next year, when I had to sing tenor (yes, girls, tenor) in a skin- tight satin dress while battling a mystery ailment that made me lose so much weight I sat on stage, shivering from cold, I was about done with performing. So I got out of acting, went into makeup and costume (probably I was searching for nails that would not fly off and the perfect Chinese brocade shift dress--these were my definitions of high style in the mid-90s), and then ended up in the insurance industry. It was a natural progression, I think.

Anyway, I still hold an affection for the story of the Wizard of Oz. Not for Dorothy. The witch. I love the book and musical Wicked. The witch got a bad rap. Yes, she was nasty. You'd be nasty too if you were green, and people made fun of you. And your fingernails flew off at a moment's notice. That will grate on you. And Dorothy broke in her house to steal stuff. I realize she needed to get home, but all criminals have a justification for their crime. Does that make it right? No.

So this is on my wish list. And it will be in my cart when it comes out.


Bette said...

your story reminds me of why my daughter is studying music ed and not performance. She was told in high school that she was too good to sing in the musical and and that's why she wouldn't let her audition.

LadyDoc said...

I also played the witch in our school musical!

I just found your blog and really enjoyed what I have read so far. I'll be back!

Annie said...

Thanks for the heads up on that design. What a great idea to do that in a primitive look. And, of course, you will find it especially meaningful with that accompanying back story!

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riona said...

I think the primitive Wizard of Oz piece is fantastic ... and though I know you are limiting purchases [as am I] this might have to be an exception for you ... since it has such a connection to your experience.

As to your kind comment on my blog re The Sweetheart Tree WIP: don't be intimidated by Sandy's stuff. This sampler was a class piece from The Stitcher's Hideaway [Fall 2008]and I am simply taking my time with it. The chart is crystal clear, and the specialty stitch diagrams are meticulously detailed and easy to understand. The piece is soooo delicate and elegant that I am having a grand old time with it ... though, if you had asked me a year ago, I would have said TSHT designs were just to fussily feminine for my taste ... that's all changed now that I have a hands-on perspective. I bought a few of her other charts and I intend to enjoy her work for some time to come.

Meari said...

I love the Wizard of Oz! I have it on DVD and VHS. LOL

MsB said...

You were the Wicked Witch and I was the Wizard... :)

Soo... Nashville... Wicked... September... ooooh yeah!

Wub U!

Marie-P said...

I too played in the Wizard Of Oz...Glenda, the good witch that is! :D
But that was in elementary school, so many years ago. Thanks for sharing the link to the new design; I too must have this one!

I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped--Frederick Perls