A magical ending for a truly magical show saw a surprise proposal on stage at the Griffith’s community production of Wicked’s finale on Saturday night.
Wicked set designer Heath Neville proposed to his girlfriend of two years Simone Crossley, who played the good witch Glinda.
“We met on the stage of Beauty and The Beast and we fell in love on stage, this seemed to be the perfect way to propose,” Mr Neville said.
“Even though Simone hates surprises, I thought this wasn’t a real surprise because she already know I loved her.”
Mr Neville had been planning to fairy tale proposal for over a month only after the centre piece a peach sapphire was located and purchased.
The talented team of Griffith jewellers had searched high and low finally found the dazzling and rare coloured stone.
With only hours until the curtain call, Mr Neville had not only the blessing of Miss Crossley’s father but also the enchanting engagement ring in his sweaty palms.
“The hardest thing was waiting,” Mr Neville said.
With the dazzling ring in hand and with the full attention of the audience, Mr Neville dropped to one knee and said those three magic words, “will you marry me?”.
The entire cast and crew of Wicked, family and friends but also to a sold out auditorium had a front row seat.
“We become a family (the cast),” he said.
“And all I wanted was to do my best and for the set to complement them (the cast).”