Broadway musicals are some of the most inspiring stories in the theatre world. Their stories combine amazing set design, music, and meanings, that inspire people all across the world.
Students from the band and chorus recently went to see Wicked by Stephen Schwartz at The Pittsburgh Benedum Center in downtown Pittsburgh.
Junior Kaelei Whitlatch, who is in the high school’s musical Cinderella, went to see the musical and called it “life changing and defying.”
“This was my dream show,” said Whitlatch. “It blew my expectations away with its set design, lights, actors, ensemble, and because of that it was perfectly classic and modern.”
The band and chorus had the opportunity to see the show and to see what a real musical is like in light of SHS holding their first ever musical in March.
“Tons of kids have no experience with musical,” said Whitlatch. Wicked is relevant to our own musical, and it is as close to New York as you are going to get.”
Wicked is based off of the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel Wicked, where the wicked witch of the West, Elphaba, and the good witch of the North, Glinda, meet in their youth and become friends. Despite the odds, the two will always remember each other.
Senior Ian Zimmerman, has seen Broadway shows before such as Annie, Cinderella and Wicked.
“I have seen musicals before, but this one will stand out as one of the best I’ve seen in a long time,” said Zimmerman. “The experience was indescribable.”
Sophomore Abby Whitlatch, who is aspiring to be apart of music, and is apart of our musical, says that Wicked is an inspiration to her.
“Wicked really gave me a look at what I want to do in the future,” said Whitlatch. “It is one of the shows that I never thought I would see.”
Sophomore Sarah Dubrul wanted to see a Broadway musical and wants to go back.
“The experience is almost indescribable until you see it with your own eyes,” said Dubrul. “I learned that no matter what type of life you live, the stage gives you the opportunity to become someone else, anyone you want to be.”