She hit "play". The film opened with the song "No One Mourns the Wicked," which was all about how the people were glad that the "Wicked Witch of the West" was dead, and explained her mother's affair and how she drank green elixir while she was pregnant. Teresa smiled at the song... since she knew how it all ended.
Soon she entered the stage with her sister 'Nessa', green skin and all, as they entered the school. Elphaba becomes annoyed and her magical powers reveal themselves, prompting a teacher to offer to train her in sorcery and perhaps she could help the 'Wizard' one day. When the teacher is gone, Elphaba begins to sing "The Wizard and I", a happy song all about her new dream.
The next song was all about the rivalry and loathing between Elphaba and Glinda, the good witch from the first song. It was a fun song laced with teenage drama. It was obvious that Elphaba wasn't well liked for her green skin and independent demeanor.
She smiled. "The magic doesn't come naturally to Glinda in the same way as Elphaba. Remember that the teacher refused to teach Glinda sorcery." The male lead, Fiyero, made an appearance on the screen, his attitude quite pompous and self-centered.
He began to sing about "Dancing Through Life," and not caring about anything. Glinda ate up his words, and the scene changed to a dance. Glinda tricks Elphaba into wearing an ugly witch hat, but she dances despite everyone's laughs... even though her dancing was comically bad. Teresa chuckled... she could dance a lot better than that.
As he spoke, the teacher approaches Glinda and offers to teach her, at Elphaba's insistence. She feels bad and begins to dance with Elphaba. Meanwhile the boy Glinda rejected, Boq, begins to dance with Elphaba's sister.
Nessa completely believes him. The scene changes to a classroom- the teacher is a goat. He is arrested because Animals are no longer permitted to teach. Another man comes in with a trapped lion cub to teach them about the threats Animals pose. Infuriated, Elphaba uses her magic to set the lion cub free, with Fiyero being a surprising help.
"For one thing, he's popular and still a bit self-centered. For another, he and Glinda are an item now. Elphaba doesn't think she's in a position where she can do anything about it. Glinda is beautiful, bubbly, and popular and Elphaba... is not."
She gave him a small smile. Elphaba and Glinda head into the Emerald City to meet the 'Wizard,' the song "One Short Day" fast and upbeat as they explore their surroundings. The strong friendship between the two characters is clear- despite their obvious differences.
The Wizard greets the girls warmly and presents Elphaba with the Grimmerie- a book of spells. He tricks her into enchanting his pet Monkeys, so they can be used as spies. Angry, Elphaba snatches the Grimmerie and runs from the room, Glinda following her. Teresa smiles- this next song is the number that pretty much defines the musical- "Defying Gravity."
The people are afraid of Elphaba, the now-deemed 'Wicked Witch of the West,' and are spreading rumors about evil deeds she didn't really do. Glinda is now assisting the Wizard, and though the rumors upset her, she said nothing, preferring to take the attention towards her and Fiyero's recent engagement.
Elphaba is caught by the Wizard trying to set his monkeys free. The Wizard explains how he gained his status among the people- by accident. He offers to have Elphaba stand with him, and sets the monkeys free. But then Elphaba spots her old teacher imprisoned- made to no longer speak. Enraged, Elphaba storms out.
She smiled. Fiyero, who is also working with the Wizard thanks to Glinda, stops Elphaba and says he will accompany her- much to Glinda's sadness. As they flee, Glinda sings a reprise of "I'm Not That Girl."
She shook her head. Fiyero and Elphaba travel to a forest, where they confess their love for one another, with a kiss. "There was supposed to be a love song between them there- but they decided it was too sexy." She grinned. "I really wasn't disappointed."
She turned her attention back to the screen- trying not to think about Ferlen's slightly irked expression. Elphaba has spotted a flying house headed toward the East- where her sister Nessa now resides, called the 'Wicked Witch of the East' with Boq as a servant. She leaves Fiyero and arrives to find that the house has crushed her sister, and Glinda is there surveying the scene. Both girls are grief-stricken- Elphaba for the loss of Nessa, and Glinda for losing Fiyero. Guards show up to arrest Elphaba- they used her sister's death as an attempt to capture her, per the Wizard's orders. Fiyero shows up and distracts the guards while Elphaba flees, and he is taken away to be interrogated for information.
The next scene shows Elphaba singing "No Good Deed," frantically trying to cast spells to save Fiyero- he is not just being questioned, but being beaten, for her whereabouts. She despairs over her continuously thwarted efforts to do good and her inner turmoil about her intention for doing so. She lists what she perceives as her failures at goodness, including anger with herself over Fiyero, the death of her sister, and the capture and dehumanization of her teacher. She swears never to perform a good deed again.
She watched in silence beside him. The people begin to organize a witch hunt, while Glinda frantically tries to reason with her old teacher to stop them- but her teacher refuses. Glinda goes to find Elphaba, who has trapped a young girl who took her deceased sister's magical shoes. Elphaba receives a note during Glinda's visit, and she tells Glinda they will never see Fiyero again. Elphaba makes Glinda swear not to try to clear her name. They begin to sing "For Good," where they reconcile and say that their friendship has changed them each 'for good.'
She nodded, watching as Elphaba is supposedly 'melted' by the witch hunters- like the rumor said she would be. It is revealed that the Wizard is Elphaba's father, and with that knowledge he leaves Oz in disgrace. The scene flips back to the castle, where Elphaba is not dead after all. She had managed to save Fiyero as well.
"The rumor was that Elphaba's soul was so unclean, pure water could melt her," she replied. Elphaba and Fiyero flee, and Elphaba expresses her regret that Glinda won't know that she is alive. The scene returns to the very beginning- except Glinda has shown the people her memories- essentially the musical... and the people see that they were wrong. They sing one final song, repeating lyrics from "For Good" and "No One Mourns the Wicked," and the musical ends.
She frowned. "It shows the circumstances that brought each character to where they ended up. But what makes a villian evil? It depends on your point of view. All the potential villian have something you can sympathize with them about."
"I took placement tests when I first started. In some subjects like science, I was behind, and with others like English I was okay. They taught us mathematics, science, English... I took French. .. nutrition...."