Shooting "The Nutcracker" as well as senior photos for Metropolitan School of the Arts this week, then off to my third conference in five weeks on Monday. Back here soon.
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The first day of tech on any show is a challenge. After weeks of rehearsing in a studio, the cast and crew move into the theater to incorporate the other, necessary aspects of the production — set, lights, sound, costumes, and anything else that comes up during the last week before the show premieres.
The hurry up and wait effect can be trying for the cast, the staff and volunteers, and parents, especially first-timers who have not seen a show develop before their eyes.
Monday night’s rehearsal for “The Nutcracker” was no exception. A water line burst at the Ernst Cultural Center, where the show will be performed this weekend, which delayed the installation of the set. Plans to run all of Act I with the different casts had to be adjusted on the spot, and it took some time to start finding the rhythms that will become familiar for everyone by week’s end.
But by the time the five-hour rehearsal ended, you could see the signs of what will be an excellent show. As one parent said, “Long night, but it’s starting to come together.”
A limited number of tickets remain available for the shows Friday and Saturday. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org to get yours. To see more photos from the dress rehearsal, go to my Facebook album here.
Here are highlights from Metropolitan School of the Arts' recent production of "The Nutcracker," a holiday perennial performed Dec. 3-6 at the Ernst Cultural Center in Alexandria.
These photos are from the Thursday-Friday cast. Photos from the Saturday shows will be featured in a future album. For more, go to my Facebook album here.
More highlights from Metropolitan School of the Arts' recent production of "The Nutcracker," a holiday perennial performed Dec. 3-6 at the Ernst Cultural Center in Alexandria. These photos are from the Saturday shows. For more, go to my Facebook album here.
Photos from the Sunday matinee performance of MSA's "The Nutcracker," held Nov. 23 at Northern Virginia Community College's Annandale campus and featuring an alternate principal and featured cast. For more photos, go to my Facebook album here. To purchase photos from the performance, go to the E-store link at the top of this page.
Shooting "The Nutcracker" this year was a different experience than I've previously had. For one, I know my camera and the theater much better. Second, this year's version seemed much brighter and more buoyant than in the past.
Also, it helped that Emma and Ben weren't in the show — even though I missed seeing them do it and hope they will again — because I was able to be much more objective and wasn't always trying to ensure I captured their work first.
Finally, I spotted something I hadn't in the past that informed my choices of where to go and where to shoot. Much of the action this year seemed to be generated from the sides, rather than center stage, and by moving around a little bit I could get some fun angles. Also, during the dress rehearsal, I went directly to the stage and shot from there to get a different perspective.
Here are three images from the shoot. I'll have more from the Sunday performance soon, where I was able to build on the lessons I learned from this performance.
Live performance: It's never the same twice...
This past week, I shot a dress rehearsal and a performance of MSA's annual production of "The Nutcracker." Here are a few behind-the-scenes shots, including the warm up, a view from backstage right, and some hardworking, tired kids listening to notes after a long rehearsal.
For more, check out my Facebook album here.
Ballet dancer stretch — Annandale, Va., November 2013
Ben and Emma pose for pictures prior to their first performance of "The Nutcracker" — Alexandria, Va., November 2006. They will appear together today in the Metropolitan School of the Arts show for the first time in seven years — this time with Ben as the Nutcracker and Emma as the Harlequin.