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‘Wicked’ goes green for UCHealth patients at Denver Center

Members of national touring production show Colorado patients how actors are turned into the iconic witch

UCHealth patients from across Colorado and their families were recently treated to a performance of Wicked at the Buell Theatre, where they also were given a demonstration on how the actors who play Elphaba the misunderstood witch become green for the performance.

Faith Vigil-Schreder attended the festivities with her son and daughter. Earlier this year, all three were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning. “What could have happened didn’t, and we’re really feeling fortunate,” she told CBS4′ Shawn Chitnis.

Video: Watch Shawn Chitnes’ full report in CBS4

Sarah Fernandez is one of the actors who plays Elphaba in the national touring production of Wicked. Make-up artist Deborah Paulk demonstrated how she helps Fernandez become Elphaba for the show. Vigil-Schreder told Chitnis that Elphaba is her favorite character, and that she loves the message she can pass on to her children. “She takes charge, and she does the right thing, even when it’s hard,” Vigil-Schreder said of Elphaba.

Fernandez agrees. “She looks fear in the eye and dares it to come at her,” she Fernandez. But she was more impressed with the real people she spent the afternoon with.

“They are courageous and beautiful people who continue to do the right thing and continue to persevere no matter what life throws at them,” Fernandez told CBS4. “The real heroes are the families I met here today.”

Photo gallery: The greening of Elphaba

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SNA Auction Item WickedWicked in Denver: Ticket information

  • Writers: Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire; music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz; book by Winnie Holzman
  • Director: Tony Award winner Joe Mantello with musical staging by Tony Award winner Wayne Cilento
  • Dates: Through June 9
  • Where: Buell Theatre
  • Tickets: Available by calling 303-893-4100, in person in the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex at 14th and Curtis streets or, online by clicking here:

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Video bonus: Watch as Wicked arrives in Denver