Power & Propaganda

Elphaba Throwing Her Cape With Her Hands in the Air

I hear her soul is so uncleanpure water can melt her!…Melt her?! Please–somebody go and melt her!

Doctor Dillamond Holding a Lecture Pointer

Well, with so much pressure not to. If you make it discouraging enough, you can keep anyone silent.

Doctor Dillamond

1: possession of control, authority, or influence over others

1: the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person
2: ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one’s cause or to damage an opposing cause; a public action having such an effect

Recall three characters or moments in WICKED that display examples of “Power & Propaganda.” What about these characters or moments exemplifies “Power & Propaganda” to you?

Identify a moment in your life where you witnessed an example of “Power & Propaganda.” What thoughts or feelings did this instance bring up for you? How do you feel when you reflect back on this moment now?

In your community, when have you encountered instances of “Power & Propaganda?” What are some possible action steps you can take when you witness “Power & Propaganda” in your community, home, or personal life? List three ways to identify “Power & Propaganda” either when you encounter it or find yourself participating in it.

Critical Media Project, National Association for Media Literacy Education, and Disinformation Nation have resources and tools for learning more about “Power & Propaganda.”

We encourage you to visit these sites and explore!

“‘Power & Propaganda’ are highlighted with the misinformation spread widely about Elphaba at the end of Act One and top of Act 2. With the lies and propaganda that are used as a way to spread fear among the people of Oz, those in power maintain their power over the people. This is also a moment of ‘Dehumanization’ of Elphaba.”

– Jennafer Newberry, WICKED Company Member

Elphaba Holding Her Broom in the Air, Defying Gravity With the Guards Below Her