“When I was a boy, I wished I could fly.”

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Childhood Wishes
(Selections from the Annotated Script)

When I was a boy, I wished that one day I’d make a doorway out of rope.

-Adam Chanler-Berat (Peter)

When I was a boy I wished I would grow up to be a rock star.  I had fantasies about it ALL the time, being on tour and giving interviews to Rolling Stone magazine.  I guess the theater became my rock band.

 -Darron L. West, sound designer

Pirates and buried treasure captivated my imagination as a kid: washed ashore on a Pacific isle…skullduggery – just the word sounds ominous.  (As to the treasure, I’m still digging.)

 -Ridley Pearson, co-author of the novel

I wanted to lead a Spike Jones orchestra.  I went around the house looking for things I could make sounds with: which pots and pans were tuned to C major; Dad had a long brass wire letter rackwhich soundeda good “schwing!”; there was a certain brand of sardines packaged in particularly resonant cans; and I could slide-whistle tunes on my nana’s glass turkey baster (with a real rubber bulb – hard to find nowadays).  For musical punctuation effects, I had plastic tangrams puzzle pieces which sounded just like breaking glass.  And the ne plus ultra was the flushing of the toilet in the upstairs bathroom, an effect I overused.  From my father, who knew our plumbing intimately, came the order: only one flush per day!

-Wayne Barker, composer

When I was young, I thought life was tough.  And then life actually began.  Can I be young again?

-Eva Price, producer

When I was a boy, I wanted to be Jewish.  That seemed to be what the funny and smart people were.  Then again, maybe I just wanted to be Barbra Streisand.

-Thomas Schumacher, president, Disney Theatrical Productions

When I was a kid I wished I could play point guard for the Knicks.  Genetics quickly ruled otherwise.

-Teddy Bergman (Fighting Prawn)

I was born in Britain.  British children are not permitted to wish for anything.

-Roger Rees, co-director

When I was a kid I wished I could get a straight answer from my parents as to why they named me Wendy.  Now I know!

-Wendy Lefkon, vice president, Disney Global Book Group

One of my middle names is Edmund and I yearned for it to be Edward.  Silly me, particularly since my first name is so unusual.

-Noel Kirnon, co-president/treasurer, New York Theatre Workshop Board of Trustees

Since before I can even remember, my dream was to be a sword fighter.  I eventually realized there really was an island that you can fly to where dreams come true!

-Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum, fight director

When I was a boy, I believed in magic.  My little sister and I would dig up magical “starstuff” crystals from the backyard and hoard them.  When I got older and found out our “treasure” was common quartz – not magical or valuable – I told my sister.  She got so mad that she threw one right at my head…and I saw stars.  Showed me!

-Ken Cerniglia, dramaturg

When I was a child, I wanted to be a Vienna choir boy.

-Jim Nicola, artistic director, New York Theatre Workshop

When I was a boy, I wished I owned a monkey, I wished I owned a golf cart, and I wished my name was “Chuck.”  Had these wishes ever come true, I would have had all the ingredients to live out a ’70s Kurt Russell Disney movie.

-Kevin Del Aguila (Smee)

When I was a child, I always wondered who I would be when I grew up.  And I still wonder.

-Nina Essman, general manager

When I was a boy, I wished I was a cowboy.  I still do.

-Greg Schaffert, producer

When I was young, I dreamed of conducting a symphony orchestra.

-Billy Russo, managing director, New York Theatre Workshop

I wished that I could master any skill instantly.  I still hold on to this wish and it explains the memory-course books, teach-yourself guitar guides, and The Men’s Health Guide to Peak Conditioning manual (Amongst many others) scattered throughout my bookshelves.

-Carson Elrod (Prentiss)

When I was a boy, I wished I was invisible.  So my dad ignored me for an entire day.  I wish more carefully these days, but no less magically…

-Steven Hoggett, choreographer

When I was a girl I wished to be a princess.  Knowing I was not of royal birth, I was going to have to marry in.  Years of self-imposed princess training began at age six: ettiquette, ballroom dancing, reading, tes, horseback riding, etc.  When that prince ran into me, he would see I was ready for the big time.  And then I hit puberty and wished for an accordion and to be a gypsy.

-Paloma Young, costume designer

I used to wish I had a pet penguin…until I realized how smelly they are.  Now I just wish that someday penguins will make perfect pets and smell as precious as they look.  I think it’s possible.

-Betsy Hogg, understudy

I wished I could fly – but am nevertheless terrified of heights.

-Alex Timbers, co-director

I wished my parents would let me eat more candy.  Then we moved into a house with magical rainbow shag carpet from the ’70s.  It mysteriously produced rainbow candy!  I’m pretty sure it was starstuff.  Either that or the previous tenant spilled a bag of Skittles.

-Lisa Mitchell, education and outreach manager, Disney Theatrical Productions

When I was a boy, I wished that I could grow a mustache like my father’s.

-Matt D’Amico (Slank)

I wanted to be a rock guitarist.  Like Eddie Van Halen…

-Jeff Croiter, lighting designer

When I was a girl, I wished for a brother or sister.  And then when I was in kindergarten my sister was born and I was so jealous of her I bit my own arm and said Craig McIntosh did it.

-Celia Keenan-Bolger (Molly)

When I was around five or six, my family and I lived in a three-bedroom Cape on Long Island, New York.  One very pleasant early summer evening, I climbed out of my bedroom window, onto the garage roof, and up to the chimney of the main house.  The sun was just setting and the soft breeze smelled of flowers and ocean and cut grass.  I sat up there for what seemed like hours (though it was really probably only minutes), wishing I could fly out to the sunset and just be a part of the whole world at once.  Eventually a neighbor reported the kid on the roof to my mother and I was coaxed back inside.  So…my childhood wish – the one that has stayed with me ever since – is to feel like that again.

-Brian GF McGarity, production electrician

When I was a boy, I wanted to play drums in a famous rock band.  Now I play drums and work with people who rock!

-Deane Prouty, percussionist

I wished I would become president.  Luckily for everyone, that didn’t work out.

-Patrick McCollum, associate choreographer

When I was a girl, I wished I could work on Broadway one day.  Well, be careful what you wish for…you might get it!

-Marcia Goldberg, general manager

At one point in my childhood life, I wished I was a garbageman so that I could ride on the back of the truck like the true rebel that I knew I was.  I’m an actor now.  Still not sure if I made the right choice…

-Jason Ralph, understudy

When I was a boy, I wished I could fly…like Michael Jordan.

-Marco Paguia, music director

I wished I would live in a mansion and be very wealthy.  But here I am scraping by and living in a box in New York City.

-Samantha Preiss, production assistant

Growing up in Southern California, every summer my family took a trip to Disneyland.  My wish was that while enjoying myself in the park, a Mickey Mouse Club casting director would stop me and say, “Hey, kid.  You got that ‘special something’!  Wanna be a Mouseketeer?”  And I would be on the show and I would be a star!!!

-Orville Mendoza, understudy

When I was a girl, I wished I was a boy.  From what I could tell, boys got to do all the fun stuff.  I played make-believe games where I rode imaginary horses like Heath on Big Valley, drove a skiff like Sandy on Flipper and climbed trees pretending to be a telephone repairman.  I marvel at how my mother survived that phase while enthusiastically supporting my interests.

-Michele Steckler, senior producer, Disney Theatrical Productions

I wished I would grow up to be a young lady who goes to the ball…or a lawyer.

-Lillian King, assistant director

When I was a girl, I wished I could be a boy because I believed only boys got to do important things.  Now I know I was wrong.

-Nancy Gibbs, producer

When I was a girl, my greatest wish was to be in musical theater.  I would steal my parents’ cast recordings and put on entire productions in my room, playing all the parts.  My toys would serve as makeshift props and bedsheets became costumes.  Still can’t believe my wish actually came true.

-Colleen McCormack, creative coordinator, Disney Theatrical Productions

As a boy, I wished only to be Indiana Jones, whom I was for nine Halloweens in a row.  I still own the hat.  In fast, I blame Indiana Jones for my foray into show business.  Once I realized he didn’t exist in real life, it was imperative to live in a world where he could.

-David Rossmer (Ted)

I wished that I would become Cinderella – mice and all!

-Alisa Zeljeznjak, script assistant

When I was a boy I wished I would get stigmata so all the other kids at Our Lady Help of Christians School would think I was cool.

-Tom Smedes, producer

As a child, I wished I could fly.  Now that I’m a grown-up, I fly all the time, but it’s not what I imagined.  In my childhood flight fantasies, I didn’t have to take off my shoes and shuffle through a metal detector so I could cram myself into a seat in a metal tube packed with other people.  So now, when I’m sitting in an airport, waiting for a delayed flight, I fantasize about just running outside, raising my arms, soaring into the sky, and flying home.  Sometimes, in this fantasy, I’m even served a hot meal en route.  But of course that part is totally unrealistic.

-Dave Barry, co-author of the novel

As a boy growing up in a small town in Idaho, I always wished I could live in a far-off place called New York City – a place where everyone was crowded together, living on top of each other.  That dream came true, and I still find comfort living here.  I also wished that I were in the cast of The Carol Burnett Show.  Nothing in the world seemed like it could be more fun.

-Arnie Burton (Mrs. Bumbrake)

When I was a boy, I wished I could be thinner.  And now that I’m an adult, far more devoted to substance over style, I still wish it.

-Rick Elice, playwright