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I didn’t intend to publish this to my blog but I really liked the way the colors pop and the sharpness of the foreground figure. It’s something I took during rehearsal of my community theatre group’s rehearsal of “The Odd Couple: Female Version.” Yours truly has a small part in it.
One of the unique charms about the Palace Theatre is that it’s not just a movie theatre. The screen includes a hoist system that lifts it up parallel with the ceiling, and opens up a 30’x30′ stage that the local community theatre group produces plays on.
There are roughly 25 stage lights mounted above the auditorium’s balcony, ready to shine down on the actors. For this shot I felt it was important to get as much depth of field as possible, while also getting the widest possible view in a fairly tight space. So I opened the wide angle as far as it would go and just opened up the shutter for as long as I dared at the smallest aperture. Of necessity the auditorium is a dark place, so I was sure I would ever be able to get something interesting out of this, but it turned out fairly well I think.
Another sign that is all-too frequent at the Palace Theatre is this one. Although the seating capacity is nearly 200, and this is a relatively rural, sparsely-populated area, the inexpensive movies make the movie a popular destination for many of the local residents. Often the balcony is the first to fill up.
Something a little different. Our community theatre group produced a musical called 13 in August 2010 and I did the poster for it. It is based on the design for the Broadway poster, but I added a few effects to make it look more three dimensional and energetic. I also took all the photographs of the actors at the initial cast party in the director’s basement with my Nikon point and shoot.
Now I realize none of this is probably very interesting to many people, but taking these pictures was the first step toward bringing me back toward my photography roots, when I hadn’t attempted anything serious with a camera for 30 years, so this sort of started this whole photography blog thingy.
As a side note, it was my immense pleasure to act alongside the girl in the yellow dress in Bus Stop. She is a marvelous actress and already knows she wants to do it for a living. I wish I’d had such clarity at 13. I also had the pleasure of directing the girl in the Batman shirt in another play called Picnic, which turned out to be the community theatre’s best attended non-musical in years. Another extremely talented young lady. Both were a joy to work with. I think they believe I’m sorta weird though.