You know the old gripe, “No good deed goes unpunished”? How refreshing it is to discover that isn’t always the case!
In a previous post on the neat people you meet in the ISDN booth, I mentioned a new friend named David DeVries, currently touring in “Wicked”, as the redoubtable Dr. Dillamond. David’s touching portrayal of the last Talking Animal allowed to teach in Oz was one of my daughter’s favorite characters, and instantly became one of mine too.
In addition to being a wonderful stage performer, it turns out David is no slouch behind the mic either. And after discovering other things we had in common (we’ve both performed in the wacky comedy, “Greater Tuna”) we became instant friends.
Oh, and the “good deed” bit? Well, at the second of his visits to use my ISDN booth for a remote client, I asked his advice on a seating chart for buying tickets. I had decided to see “Wicked”, partly as a birthday present to myself. He did better than that…helping me purchase tickets in the “house” section, which made my funds go farther while putting me in closer.
We arrived at the theatre on the appointed night. I hadn’t even checked on the tickets or their price in the meantime. Turns out the “house seats” were significantly below the cost of what I’d been prepared for…and we were in the Orchestra Section, 7th Row Center! I had snagged an extra ticket for my daughter, and the glow on her face as the ushers kept waving us closer and closer to the stage was worth the whole thing.
Piling favor upon favor, David had also offered us a backstage tour after the show. Seeing their self-contained stage-within-a-stage and everything it took to create the magic was almost as enthrallling as the musical itself. I knew better than to ask to take pictures, but I would have LOVED to show you myself standing next to the imposing head of Oz himself.
Oh, and the show was fabulous, too. If it comes anywhere near you…by all means, see it!
As you may have guessed, by the time “Wicked” and David were ready to move on…I found it very easy to tell him to forget about the fee we’d discussed for using my equipment.
I still think I got the better of the bargain. …not only the most exciting time I’ve ever had with live theatre…but the unexpected gift of friendship that began with trying to help out a fellow Voice Actor.
I recommend it to your attention. Your mileage may vary.
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Some guys have all the luck! I’ve seen wicked in Chiocago and it’s showing here in St. Louis. Can you introduce me to your friend? 🙂
it was marvelous. you can get in touch with david through his website. just click his name in my “clogged blog” story and it should provide a link. you can tell him you read about him on my site…but i don’t claim to have an inside track.
I wish I could say that I enjoyed “Wicked” as much as you did. As an Art Director, I thought the set and lighting were beautiful – however sometimes inappropriate (like, what is up with that dragon over the proscenium?) As John Lassiter would say, the story is all. The author of the book totally succeeded in turning an fascinating and somewhat dark story into a happy little romp suitable for pre-teens. No matter how much money you throw at a production, it has to tell a great story.