Are you a good witch or a bad witch?

When I was a senior in high school, our drama department chose to put on The Wizard of Oz for our spring musical. I knew my friend Nikki would get the part of Dorothy (and yes, I was jealous), so I decided that I should be the Scarecrow.

Determined to get the part, I tracked down sheet music so I could practice at home and even came up with a few dance moves to accompany my singing. The range was high for my alto voice, but I gave it the old college try. Or, the old high school senior try.

But it wasn’t enough. When parts were assigned, I found myself playing Glinda the Good Witch.

Hey – it might have been a small part, but I got into it!

I’d like to tell you that I got over that, but as I’m writing about it a dozen years later, that may not be true. Have I told you yet about Glinda’s costume?

It was pink. And poofy. And, if I remember correctly, glittery and shiny.

And did I mention that my lovely crown was too big?

But being a part of a musical or a play is always fun. That year was especially so, as some of my best friends had parts as well and my brother was the accompanist. I was also in drama class that year, so I got to help build the set, too. We had a blast.

Despite the costumes.

Smitty was the Cowardly Lion, and as usual, she stole the show!

Today marks the 70th anniversary of this great classic. And according to Chatting at the Sky (Oh, come on! You know I get my info from blogs.), The Wizard of Oz will be played in more than 400 theaters today in honor of that anniversary. You can check here to see a list of participating theaters.

Which character from The Wizard of Oz is your favorite?

Don’t feel obligated to pick Glinda. Although . . . I could arrange for a house to drop on you. What? Glinda couldn’t do that? Okay, well, I’ll wave my glittery wand at you; you know it takes forever to get that stuff out of your hair.

15 Comments Are you a good witch or a bad witch?

  1. chelleybutton September 23, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    What's wrong with that costume? I think it looks fun to dress up in! :) I'm going to Wicked! (just found out:) Yay!! :D

  2. Kim H. September 23, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    We love the "Wizard da boz" — as we call it in our house. And how cool is that that it's being played around the country. I didn't know that!

    Hmmmm…that's a tough one — but Mary, I think Glinda really might be my favorite — close second would be the lollipop guild duo.

    And btw, I loved Wicked — did you ever get to see it? I highly recommend it. I can't wait to see it again some time.


  3. James September 23, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    We are also going to see Wicked. I'm super excited and just finished the book. That's the second time I've read it and it definitely didn't say anything about Glinda dropping houses on people. Hmmm…you should check your facts :-)

    I really wanted to go tonight to the showing of Wizard of Oz at Jordan Creek, but we have children's stuff at church. So, alas, I can't. I'm VERY disappointed. It would have ranked up there the time I went to Gone With the Wind with Mom, Nana, and Granny. Oh wait…

    Anyway, I'm not sure who my favorite character would be. The Wizard of Oz is one of those crazy "perfect" movies where everything works equally well.

    Oh, and I don't remember your costume that well, just that the lights went out while I was playing during the Tornado scene because of the ghetto breaker box that we used as light controls.

    Those are the classy days I remember about ole LHS.

  4. Amy Wright September 23, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Hmmm…that's a tough one. I very much like the Wizard. And the Coroner of Oz. And the Mayor of Oz.

    Wizard of Oz holds a special place in my heart, because it played a huge role in my time as a Disney employee, since my role as a cast member involved me interacting with animatronic munchkins and the wicked witch.

    And I love love love Wicked.

    And I never got to be in the school plays because they kept asking me to do other stuff – it was as if the director was TRYING to keep me off stage. I was in the band one year, the accompanist another and the student director the last.

  5. stampmonkey September 23, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    I would have to say the Tin Man because I married him, albeit 25 years after we were both part of our 5th/6th grade combo class production (I was Glinda). Funny how life works….

    Oh, BTW, my mom made my costume, and it was one of my favorites that she made for me over the years — not glittery like yours(that I recall), but it was beautiful just the same. Thanks for the memories. ;)

  6. melilotnfosco September 24, 2009 at 3:22 am

    i was glinda in our 6th grade play. we didn't do a musical, which was fine by me (no way would i want a solo), but it was fun. even if my crown looked a bit like a dunce cap. :)

  7. chelleybutton September 24, 2009 at 3:22 am

    I've been compared to Elphaba, so I guess my favorite character is the Wicked Witch of the West…

  8. Hillary @ The Other Mama September 24, 2009 at 4:34 am

    I've always been a fan of the Lion, so I guess Smitty is the guy for me. But I'll pick you if you drop my house on me CLEANED!!

  9. The Incredible Shrinking Woman September 24, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Dumb question here…does anyone out there remember the Wizard of Oz sequel that came out in the late 80's? I don't remember what it was called, but I do remember that it was the scariest movie this lottle girl could have possibly seen on a 50 foot screen in booming surround sound. It gave me nightmares for months! Since then, I have refused to watch WOO again, for fear I will go into nightmare regression. I do however love the sound track of wicked. Plus Kristen Chenoweth is going to be on Glee next week. Nuff said. :)

  10. The Incredible Shrinking Woman September 24, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Lottle??? Apparently the coffee hasn't kicked in yet. I meant little!
    (singing to herself) "If I only had a brain…"

  11. Debbie September 24, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Like Kim H – our favorite version is "Wizar da boz" Ohhhhh how my 4 year old LOVES Dorothy's red shoes…

    Today, I'm like The Scarecrow. Not excelling at my "job" in wifey world and motherHood… I"m also running on about 4 hours of sleep. Need a nap – praying I don't wake up in OZ!!!

  12. alece September 24, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    my friend calls me the wizard…

  13. Sandy September 25, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Any chance you've seen the Broadway play, Wicked? it's excellent!

    Loved the pix of you! :)

  14. ben and erin September 26, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    see i'd love to dress up in your pink poofy costume. i don't really have a favorite character. i guess scarecrow and lion are probably my faves.

    now to go get this pink glitter out of my hair…!

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