Have you ever dreamed of meeting your favorite celebrity? Thanks to my best friend, Marina, I not only got to see Kristin Chenoweth in concert, I also was picked to sing a duet with her onstage! It all started on Christmas morning, when my mom handed me a red envelope that Marina had sent. I screamed for joy when I saw tickets for Kristin's Feb. 7 concert at Tilles Center. Both Marina and I are huge fans of the musical "Wicked," and Kristin and Idina Menzel are our idols!

When the big night finally arrived, Marina, her little sister, Sophie, and I sat way up front. The concert was beyond amazing. I was so touched by the beauty of Kristin's voice, I started to cry.

Then, the impossible happened! Kristin asked if anyone in the audience knew the song "For Good" from "Wicked." Many women ran to the microphones in the center of the audience to get picked, but Marina and I just stayed in our seats. Kristin interviewed a few ladies and Marina told me to just raise my hand. Out of nowhere, a man came to my seat with a microphone and Kristin started asking me questions and picked me to come up to sing the duet with her. My heart was pounding as I walked up on the stage and stood beside her. I had no time to warm up, prepare or even have a sip of water, but all I could think about was how important it was to sing Idina Menzel's part beautifully. Kristin made me feel so comfortable, I even forgot by the middle of the song there was an audience because I was so focused on this amazing moment with her. When we finished, we got a standing ovation and Kristin hugged me!

After the show, Marina and I got to meet Kristin backstage and get autographs. She was incredibly kind and spent so much time with us.

The only way this experience could have been better would have been if Marina could have sung with Kristin, too. Having a true friend who was so happy for me and even told me she was praying I got picked made me cry, because I was praying she would get picked! Just like Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel, Marina and I are best friends . . . "For Good"! Watch the video of Hayleigh and Kristin at hayleighjusas.com/media.html


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