In case you haven’t noticed, I’m kind of a theater junkie. I’ve seen … way too many shows to count. And yet, I can tell you—with much regret—that I’ve only been backstage once. (Well, aside from the amateur stuff I did in middle and high school, but we won’t go there.) Anyway, imagine my thrill at learning that the current production of “Wicked” at the Orpheum is now offering behind-the-scenes tours.

“Behind the Emerald Curtain” features a Q&A with current cast members, video clips, fun facts for trivia hounds, and—this is the best part!—access to a museum. Yeah, a museum, big thrill, right? No, but seriously! You get to see costumes and props up close and personal, as well as the nifty set design. I won’t lie: “Wicked” is good and all, but it’s not one of my favorite musicals. At the same time, the fact that it’s pretty damn awesome to look at is undeniable.

“Behind the Emerald Curtain” happens every Saturday at 10 a.m. from now to January 2, 2010. During the holiday season (yay, holidays!) there will be extra tours, so check out the SHN website for the full listing. You can also purchase the $30 tickets there.

Photo courtesy SHN.

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