“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 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

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

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

-Alex Timbers, co-director

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

-Jeff Croiter, lighting designer

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

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 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

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