I had been looking forward to seeing Wicked for over two years as we bought our tickets for last night’s show in December of 2005! On a lark, I stopped by the theater’s Web site to see a list of the upcoming season’s shows. I saw the “OC” symbol and eagerly read up on open captions. According to the site, the theater uses a laptop to display the script.
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Last night, I stopped by the headset and seat rental desk. The employee told me to talk to a specific employee. I found him and asked about the laptop. He said it wasn’t available for the show. Yet, this page clearly shows OC. It’s not as if it was a signed performance where I have to go a certain day to see an interpreter sign the show.
Had I known the laptop would not have been available, I would’ve made an effort to read the book and study the lyrics (here is a nice study guide). With my hectic schedule as of late, I didn’t find an opportunity. Thankfully, I had some familiarity with the show after seeing it on the Tony Awards, listening to the soundtrack with the lyrics, and family members who saw it and shared the highlights.
Plus, Paul kept me in the loop on some of the goings-on whenever the light was bright enough for me to read his lips. The acting was exaggerated enough for me to figure out a few things on my own and laugh along with the audience.
Despite set backs, I loved the show. The costumes, the sets, the choreography, the upbeat songs, and the action were fabulous. In fact, the local critic said it was a perfect show with only a couple of technical problems where the audience couldn’t hear certain notes.