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Watch composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz discuss his musical themes and inspiration behind many of his score’s iconic motifs and melodies, including ‘Defying Gravity’.

The song Defying Gravity is currently a set work for the Pearson Edexcel GCSE Music Grade 9-1 Qualification (Area of Study: ‘Music for Stage and Screen’).

“Amidst its compelling themes of prejudice and propaganda, Wicked provides an enriching live experience for all music learners and is a must see for anyone studying ‘Defying Gravity’ at GCSE.”

– Head of Music, Great Ballard School

Key Information.

Suitable for: KS4, KS5

Ages: 14-16, Post 16

Subjects: Music

Topics: Careers, Creative Writing, Devising, Emotions, Identity, Melodies, Musical Themes, Pitch & Melody, Singing, Songs & Rhymes, Stage & Screen Music, Storytelling, Theatre Roles, Understanding Drama & Theatre

Type: Educational Video

Use: In the Classroom, Before a School Trip, After a School Trip

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About Wicked.

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Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire and twice voted ‘Best Theatre Production for Schools’ at the School Travel Awards, Wicked explores themes of self-esteem, identity, prejudice, fake news, and friendship.

Wicked Active Learning, the acclaimed production’s new education resource, connects teachers directly with the in-house sales team and provides web-hosted classroom resources (including free Anti-Bullying and Diversity, Inclusion + Wellbeing lesson plans and an interview with composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, discussing his musical themes and inspiration behind many of the show’s iconic songs, including ‘Defying Gravity’, which is a set work for Pearson Edexcel GCSE Music).

In support of learning outside the classroom and the delivery of cultural capital and personal development, Wicked provides more than 60% savings on tickets, free teacher ratios (with extra tickets purchasable) and a free 20-page guide to planning an education trip, including information to support a school’s risk assessment.

When booking tickets for Wicked, you can additionally request a 25-minute post-show Q&A following Wednesday 2.30pm performances. Q&As feature members of the cast and production team, subject to availability.

Photography by Matt Crockett and Mark Senior

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