Hey all, welcome to my blog, where I talk about all things Wicked. Well, it’s been a loooooong tour, and I still haven’t gone onstage once.
What’s that? You don’t even know who I am? I’m Zoë Makila. And I’m an Elphaba standby.
What does that mean? Well. It means I have to be in full costume, hair, and makeup every show just in case Alison Luff throws up, or breaks her arm in the middle of the show. I’m not an understudy—I don’t get to go on if we know she won’t be there ahead of time. I’m a “just in case person.” So I have to get green every night.
Here I am getting green in my dressing room before the show. Notice how I do it myself, because I don’t get a makeup artist. Have you seen how flawless Alison’s green is? The makeup department really knows what they’re doing.
I like listening to this song on repeat while I do my makeup.
Curt Hansen started singing warm ups while I was taking this picture, so as you can tell I am starting to cry.
He just has such a beautiful voice and a beautiful face. If I have one regret in life it’s that I’ll never kiss him as Fiyero.
And his butt is so nice in his costume. The costume department really makes my dreams come true every night. They are just so good at making costumes. And the original costume designer, Susan Hilferty, is my hero. She made over 200 costumes for this show. What a great person, she makes me cry.
The show is starting.
Bad NEWWWWWWWSSSSSSSs. She’s not DEADDDDDDDDDDDDDDD. I wish she was DEAADDDDDDDDD so I could go onSTAGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. God, listen to those voices. The ensemble in this show…..they’re just so good!!!!!!! Why can’t I just be an ensemble member?
I have an idea.
Alison drinks one of these every night…..if I poison her now and leave it outside her door, I’ll be on before dancing through life.
They’re calling my name! I’m on!!!
See ya later, everyone. I have a Fiyero to steal from the beautiful and talented Jenn Gambatese, who has a voice of an angel.
Oh my goodness! The show’s done. I’ve been de-green-ified. I cannot explain how amazing it is to be on that stage. With the amazing set design and lighting design…I just love it. I hope I wowed them enough to replace Alison, though she can really hit those notes, so I bet not. And she just has so much positive stage chemistry and energy with everyone she interacts with. As does everyone in this cast.
If I have to complain about one thing from tonight, it would have to be that the trumpet player was not playing up to par with everyone else in the orchestra. Other than that, I’m so happy. I’m so happy and proud to be a part of this wonderful play.
Please visit me in jail! <3 <3
This “diary” was created for entertainment purposes only, and is incredibly hyperbolic, and most likely factually inaccurate. I definitely do not want to kill or harm Alison Tuff or any other member of the cast in any way, shape, or form. Wicked, in town from now until October 27th, is a fantastic show, and is highly recommended.
Photo by Joan Marcus, courtesy Hennepin Theatre Trust. Coverage of issues and events affecting Central Corridor communities is funded in part by a grant from the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative.