Some Stuff From Musicals I Have Seen

Wicked – August 12, 2011

Yesterday was probably one of the highlights of my summer.  At around noon, I loaded up and took a 3 hour drive to go and see the musical Wicked.  I have wanted to see it live ever since I first heard the cast recording in 2003 and have had to wait until now for it to come on tour to where I can easily get to it. And let me tell you – it is everything I had expected.  In fact, out of the musicals that I have seen on tour (Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray, Annie, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Wicked) I would have to say that Phantom and Wicked are the best.  I loved them all – but those two stand out in my mind as ones that I would go and see over and over again (if only I had the money to do so).

 

As soon as I walked into the theatre, it felt like I was transported to Oz. On stage, you could see a huge map of all of Oz with the Emerald City lit up in green (of course) and above the stage was the Time Dragon.  The overture of the show started and there was flying monkeys dancing around the stage! It quickly turned to the map being raised and munchkins coming out from both stage left and right and starting to sing “No One Mourns The Wicked”. As they were doing this, Glinda (Natalie Daradich) came out of the rafters – in her bubble! I had seen video of the opening before and had wondered if they would have the bubble, but I wonder no more!

 

The opening number is full of energy and quickly leads into a flashback to when Glinda and Elpheba (The Wicked Witch of the West) are just arriving to their first day of university at Shiz University. It is here that we first get to see the way that Glinda used to be before she encountered Elpheba – shallow and self-absorbed.  The first act moves at a extremely fast pace and it is soon that we learn about the trouble the animals (who speak) are having – losing their voices and being placed into captivity. Elpheba and Fiyero (prince of the Arjiki tribe in the Vinkus) run off into the woods and set free a lion cub who had been placed in a cage (a new invention in Oz) – and it is here that they first develop feelings for each other. At the end of the scene, Elpheba receives word from Madame Morrible (headmistress at Shiz University) that she has been invited to see the Wizard! Her and Glinda end up going together and the Wizard does see them, but has a trick in mind. He has Elpheba turn his monkey servent, Chistery, into a flying monkey so that he can spy on subversive animal behaviour.  This enrages her and she runs away, barricading herself in the attic of the palace. The Wizard sends his guards after her and as this is happening, Elpheba enchants a broom to fly, asks Glinda to fly away with her, Glinda says no, the guards break in, and Elpheba flys!

 

The second act flew by just as quickly with as many plot twists as in the first. By the end of it, many people in the theatre were in tears as Glinda and Elpheba sang “For Good” and after the show – the entire audience gave everyone a standing ovation.

 

There is a lot more that I can say about this show, as I have always really liked it – but the biggest thing to say is – even if you don’t normally go to musicals, and you have the chance to see one – see this. It will completely change the way you think of The Wizard of Oz (Wicked is a prequel to the book/movie).  I read the book Wicked prior to seeing the musical, and while it is more difficult to get through then the musical, it is also well worth the read.

Bridalquest – The Musical I Wrote

Here are a few snippets from the show….

I went to an interesting college. And a lot of the things there just lend themselves towards being a musical. So, even though I am not done writing…I thought I would share some snippets from what I have written so far.

 

Counsellor: Right. Here you are Gary. (pause, look at paper) You’ll be living in Brygmann Hall. Just remember….Brygmann Hall is on fire for Jesus!

—–

Kelsie: Ya I am. I was supposed to be in Whit, but they moved me to LA.

Gary: They’re making you live in Los Angeles?

Kelsie: No…Lewis Apartments. What dorm are you in?

—–

Mark: Welcome all. This is going to be a pretty fun year. We have a few little rules to go through, but I’m pretty sure most of you have already read your student code things in the dorms right….(pause; wait for people to say yes or nod; nothing happens) okay then….well, I’d suggest you do so. And one other thing…

ENGAGED?
As you may well know
Bible College is a place
To grow in your faith, to grow as a person
But it is also a place to meet someone
Someone you can spend the rest of your life with
But before you go and get engaged
I suggest you think long
You think about what you want
And before you decide to ask that question
Before you even know you’re going to do it
I suggest you talk to me

Greg: Wait? You want us to ask you for your advice about getting engaged before we know we’re thinking about it?

Mark: Yes.

Greg: Okay then. (aside) That’s weird…

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Dawn: Hey everyone. Welcome to Briercrest. We’re gonna have a lot of fun this year. I’m here to talk to you about something very important – Joe’s Place. What’s that, you may ask? Well, it’s a youth drop in centre in Moose Jaw. Yes you can laugh if you want – it is a funny name for a town. But Joe’s Place is serious. If you are thinking about taking field ed, and you all should be, I’m going to encourage you to spend some time at Joe’s. It’s an amazing place and you will be changed there. See me at the back if you want some more info.

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Greg: I don’t want to be a buzz kill, but its 10:50. Isn’t curfew 11?

Kelsie: You’re right , it is. Let me think about this for a second…I know there is a way we can get out of hours….

Wanda: Chloroform?

Matt: We got lost coming back from Boharm?

Leah: Doesn’t going to Boharm mean something?

Tyler: We got arrested for preaching on the corner?

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Wanda: It was a little weird. My roommate likes to talk in her sleep, and all that she could talk about was this guy she had met the other day….

 

Kelsie: (interrupting) I told you that might happen…it doesn’t mean anything.

 

Wanda: Sure it doesn’t….

 

Tom: (walking by) Blackout!

 

Kelsie, Leah, Wanda: We’re not worthy….

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Jason: And then there was the time that we had our bear skull stolen by LA. See, we had always spent a lot of time planning ways to ask them out on dorm dates; so of course, they had started to expect that. A couple years ago, some of the guys must have decided they didn’t want to do that anymore. So, they just basically walked up to LA, sort of grunted out something like “You go out with us. Friday.” That didn’t turn out too well. The next time we had open dorms, which was the next day, our bear skull went missing. No one really knows where it came from or why we had it, but we had got used to having it around. Eventually, we realized that LA had it and when we went and asked them about it, all they would say was we needed to atone for how we’d asked them out. We got together, found a couple guys with guitars, and went over to LA, stood in the courtyard, and serenaded them until they finally gave us the bear skull back.  Ever since that day, we have always made sure that we asked them out in a proper fashion.

On that note, we plan on kidnapping them next week to ask them out. Who’s in?

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Greg: Oh, you know…still getting into the grove of school again. (Jason sneaks in and puts a toque over Kelsie’s head)

Kelsie: What on earth….

Quotes From Theatre School

What follows is a random assortment of things that I heard while in school. They were mainly said by acting students, but every once in a while we would have faculty members say something as well. It is kind of random and just remember…this is the mind of an actor:

  • An actors mind is like a babies diaper.  You never know what’s in it.
  • I was gonna say that I wore it home.  But then I realized that two dozen people know where it is.  And…yeah.
  • I don’t believe in monogamy.  It’s not for me.  At least, not for a long time.
  • 1100 grams of salt?  This woman is dead!
  • Where’s my sock?
  • Why don’t you ever say anything sexual around me?  It gets me all turned on.
  • See what you have to look forward to?
  • We have $150?  Woo!
  • Can’t we just not and all sleep in peace?
  • But that’s the thing… she wants the reputation of department slut…
  • That’s how we talk to each other… when we’re alone…at night…
  • We’re having a protest at my apartment.  They want to close the pool.  And we’re pissed.
  • It’s not like a fairy tale this time.  I’m not just falling madly in love.  This time I can actually think.
  • Don’t just get a cheese bun warmed up.  It just tastes like grease with a bun.
  • He’s never talked much.  I’ve known him for a good nine years, and he’s never said that much.
  • So, what performance school are we going to?
  • The cards don’t talk about death.  Except for the death card…it does.
  • I’d give you pork rinds, tea…, and even crumpets.
  • And then I’d pork you…
  • You two can be lovers, and we’ll all be buddies.
  • “I’ve got a lovely bunch of cocoanuts….”
  • Give it up.  It’s over.
  • I was just lying here on the couch and I heard her talking about jumping on me.  I didn’t think she would.  Then she did.
  • We have rehearsal that day!
  • I want steak!
  • I thought he was timid…but he isn’t.
  • You made it to Orange Julius?
  • He was trying to hit on my little sister when they were alone in the basement.
  • He’s got this fake British accent, and it pisses me off, cause when he gets drunk it just disappears
  • Was I drunk?
  • I really wanted to make out with someone last night.
  • My sister threw me out of the way and got in their face like a bouncer would.
  • He had been walking down the street, kicking in car windows.
  • When he went to court the next day, he was still drunk.
  • Is everyone decent in here?
  • You’re always walking around in your underwear!
  • Cookie monster doesn’t eat cookies anymore?
  • I was playing poker with a deck of tarot cards.  I got a full house and four people died.
  • They’re….special…
  • Only the monkey was wearing a thong?
  • You hussy!

From a former prime minister

“It’s like the story of the Hippo and the Zerba. That Hippo, he paint the stripe on him to look like the Zerba. But at the end of that day he still a Hippo”
– Jean Chretien

Bible College Stories

When you are in college, you hear a lot about strange things that have happened in the past. But, more than this, you are involved in some of the new strange things.

The Bear Skull

 

My dorm had its own bear skull. And there was the time that we it stolen by our sister dorm.  We had always spent a lot of time planning ways to ask them out on dorm dates; so of course, they had started to expect that. A couple years ago, some of the guys must have decided they didn’t want to do that anymore. So, they just basically walked up to them, sort of grunted out something like “You go out with us. Friday.” That didn’t turn out too well. The next time we had open dorms, which were the next day, our bear skull went missing. No one really knows where it came from or why we had it, but we had got used to having it around. Eventually, we realized that they had it and when we went and asked them about it, all they would say was we needed to atone for how we’d asked them out. We got together, found a couple guys with guitars, and went over to their dorm, stood in the courtyard, and serenaded them until they finally gave us the bear skull back. Ever since that day, we have always made sure that we asked them out in a proper fashion. Because we missed our bear skull. And you should always ask…not demand.

Port Shorts

 

In the campus paper, Port Shorts, you can place ads for different things. Well one dorm (Fender to be exact), placed an ad looking for roommates for Sundbo One. Now, this would not seem all that strange to someone that did not know that Sundbo One was the married student’s dorm. But the best part of the story is that they actually had a lot of people apply.

Marry Me?

 

The Guy:  There was a guy in my dorm who would ask girls to marry him randomly. The last time I was at the school (visiting) he asked a girl so many times that she eventually just said that if he didn’t stop asking, she was going to call off the wedding. And now he really is engaged. I guess he can’t ask anymore

The Girl:  One of the girls from our sister dorm spent a bunch of time talking to us online over the summer in 2004, and during that time her sister decided that she would propose to three of us, all within minutes of another. It was an interesting experience, to say the least. Whatever happened to monogamy?

Best Girl?

Some of the girls from our sister dorm kidnapped me and two other guys and decided that we were going to put some of their clothes over top of ours and we would walk around campus asking people who they thought looked the best. There were so many rules violations in that little thing we did. But oh well.

Dorm Date

 

One of the main things of dorm life is something called the dorm date. And this is not your standard invitation-type date thing. No way. You’ve got to be creative. So during one of the open dorms (I believe the theme was 70’s wear or something like that) a few guys from our dorm got our entire sister dorm to come to the parking lot behind the hockey rink. When they got there, those that had cars shone their headlights at the girls and a few that were selected to do so read a proclamation about how since the beginning of college time, the dorm date institution had been brought to life. We invited them to go bowling with us. A few days later, we found a rubber chicken on a stick outside our doors with the words YES and Love L.A. on it. So off on our dorm date we went.

Love At First Sight?

 

One of the guys in my dorm had decided to take a liking to one of the girls in our sister dorm and let a few of us know about it. So, because of this, one of the 3rd year students decided to have some fun. He had gone to a wedding early in the year, and from the wedding he got a whole bunch of Hershey’s Kisses. So every day for the first semester her left one in this girls student box, and somehow she figured out the guys that actual had taken the liking to her. We then decided to play with her mind and make her think that it was someone else other than the actual two people. That resulted in some beatings from her, but oh well, all worth it because of the laughs.

Some things don’t fit in a category

 

And then of course there is the “NOT BBC APPROVED”. Oh how we used that one all the time. I used to have pictures of people sitting too close to each other and we would tell them that they were NOT BBC APPROVED. It was great. And there was the random yelling of heresy while in the cafeteria. By the end of the year, no one even noticed anymore. It was just so normal. Oh, we can never forget the throwing salt at people and then telling them that they had been aSALTted. Yes we were weird. But we lived in the middle of nowhere, and so had to make our own fun.

Morgue Hours

 

There was also the time when we decided that we needed to use a skateboard, laundry basket, and bike helmet all at the same time. Well, how do you do that, we asked ourselves. It’s actually pretty simple. You just out your laundry basket on the skateboard, out someone in the basket, put the helmet on them (safety first) and then give them a good shove down the hallway. When they hit the wall at the other end, they are done. This is something that we did for like 2 or 3 hours one night. Of course, this was during finals and we were starting to lose it from reading so much and being locked in our dorms to study.

Free Brygmann!

 

And last, but not least (how could it be?), we decided to name our hall our own country. We named ourselves Free Brygmann, had our own military (well, my roommate was a general and another guy had a life raft) and we had a president. We would randomly attack other halls and claim them in the name of Free Bygmann. Good times.

And yes, you legally can declare yourself a sovereign nation. We checked it out.

The Lost Door

I sometimes can’t believe people. A few years ago, when I was working in retail, I had a guy who was quite literally standing right in front of a door and he stood there without going through. Now, I figured he was trying to figure something out (I has just spent like 10 minutes explaining to him how plants have scientific names and then common names….) but thought it would be kind of funny to watch him and see if he would ask for help. After about 5 minutes of me watching him, he asked where the exit was. At which point I walked out the door to the store. He looked at me like I was some sort of magic man. About 6 more minutes went by before he got up the courage to go through the door himself. That gave me some amusement for the day.

Wisdom from Lindsay

I know, this is kind of old news….but it still makes me shake my head…

Oh my God! Dont talk to me like I’m some kind of normal person! (Lindsay Lohan, 7th Ave & 9th St, New York City)

Fot someone who usually has a lot to say, I just dont even know where to begin with this one. Its just so…so..I dont even know. Like really..dont talk to me like Im some kind of a normal person? What the heck is she thinking? Okay, granted, she might be a member of ACTRA/Equity, she may have a CD of her own, and she may have had starring roles in films since she was about 10 (including playing her own identical twin) but that does not make her non-normal. I suppose that if having done something not everyone has done makes you a non-normal person, than I could say that because I have, oh I dont know, been to..Russell, Manitobat hat makes me a non-standard, therefore more important person that everyone else. Nothing against Russell. They have a very nice community center. And a..Saan store. There was also a large pile of snow there when I was there and we climbed it.

But still, I cant even begin to figure out what made Lindsay Lohan think that she had the right to claim that she is superior to others just because of a little fame. In context, her own production assistant was telling her that she was needed on set. Wow. An actor being needed on set. Man. That’s unthinkable. Totally unthinkable. As an actor myself, I wish I had my own PA who would tell me when I was needed somewhere. It would make life so much easier.

The Meet & Greet: Blog Edition

I found this while randomly wandering around the internet, and so decided that I would do it as well. Because it is always interesting to see other peoples blogs and learn more about them, right?

This blog is sort of new. I have actually owned www.tylerparker.ca for around a year, and have blogged in the past, but decided one day that I should actually do something with it and thought that blogging would be a fun way to do that. It really is a random hodgepodge of information and includes blogs, vlogs, pictures, and links to things I find online (and often make fun of).

10 things you don’t know about me

  1. When I was 5, I was in the hospital because I had been diagnosed as a diabetic. While there, one of the other kids thought that it would be fun to try and strangle me with the headphones for their TV. I called for a nurses help, and was told they would get there when they had a chance. I had to keep bugging them for a long time until they finally came and helped me. After that, my dad had to sit in a chair in the room until everyone was asleep to make sure it didn’t happen again.
  2. Another time, I was in a pool at a birthday party and one of the other kids there decided to try and drown me by holding me under the water.
  3. I can pull off a pretty good British accent, a passable Irish accent (somewhat), and can also sound like a valley girl. I have no use for these skills, but I can do it.
  4. Although I technically sing as a tenor, I can thrown my voice and drop it to a bass when needed. Again, I have not been able to find a use for this.
  5. I have been told I look anywhere from 16-30. It all seems to depend on the time of day and the lighting. Of course, the time I was told I looked 30, I was working in healthcare and we were into hour 10 out of 12 and on day 3 or 4, so that could have had something to do with it.
  6. I work for the organization that looks after sports and lotteries here, and most of my day is spend on Facebook, pretending that I am working, because I don’t often have much to do. But when it does get busy, I usually end up having to do around 3 or 4 things at the same time.
  7. I once had a friend yell at me that I was allergic to sugar. We were at our exhibition (fair) and I was fairly certain that me and her were going to get arrested. We didn’t.
  8. I once saw MC Hammer live. I seriously wish that I could take that back.
  9. I once became a Straflee Cadet and was asked by a Vulcan if  I was hiding a tribble in my backpack. I wasn’t.
  10. I once sang through the entire musical RENT between classes in school with a friend of mine because we were bored and had four hours between classes.

The thing about these ten facts is, no matter how bizarre they may be, they are all true. Although there more that likely isn’t photographic evidence of much of it (thankfully, I might add), there is probably much more to the story that I put on here.

A final story

When I was in Bible College, we had something called brother and sister dorms. Now, my sister dorm and my dorm got along really well (usually – one time they stole our bear skull). Anyways, we decided that it would be kinda funny to kidnap them all and invite them on a dorm date during open dorms (the guys can either go and visit the girls dorms or vice versa – it changed each month). So, we loaded them all up into cars, took them out into a field, and surrounded them and then shone headlights at them. Which, sounds creepy – but Bible College culture is…different. We then read a declaration that had wording like “Since the beginning of time, there has existed the sacred institution of the dorm date”. So, we invited them on this date. For a couple days, we didn’t hear anything, but eventually, we came out of our dorm and found a rubber chicken head (where they got one..I have no idea) with a small note attached to it that read “We accept. Love, LA”. The dorms name was Lewis Apartments, so that is why it was shortened to LA. Anyways, this was typical of the way that dorm date invitations went. Until we started to attack other dorms, because we had declared ourselves an independent country – but that is a story for another time…if the general lets us tell it.