I had the pleasure to photograph the last two dress rehearsals for “A Year With Frog And Toad” at Youth Theatre Northwest on Mercer Island this week. There is so much talent to go around at this theatre, they had to double cast the two main characters in order to spread the wealth! If you are in the area the next two weeks, you must see this show! And you really have to see it twice to see both casts because they are equally talented, energetic and let’s face it, so stinking cute! I especially loved the music in this show, all songs I had not heard before but loved loved loved!
Enjoy a sneak peek of “A Year With Frog And Toad”
I have been thinking about this quote from the Broadway show Time Stands Still recently. It pretty much sums up how I feel when I press the shutter release.
“When I look through that little rectangle…Time stops. It just…All the noise around me…Everything cuts out. And all I see…is the picture.” – Time Stands Still (Donald Margulies)
It is officially Spring in Seattle, which makes me very happy! I’m going to ignore the fact that the weather app on my phone shows rain clouds coming later this week and enjoy the dry day and blooms that are popping up.
Here is what I saw at University Village today… (take note that I took these photos with my iPhone and enhanced using the Best Camera app)
And the theatre nerd in me loved the window signs at Land of Nod…
For a time in my life, I was a stage manager for a children’s theatre in Mercer Island, WA (just a couple of miles from Seattle). Since I have become a professional photographer, I have been back to the theatre several times to volunteer shooting some of their classes and productions for the theatre to use in their brochures and other marketing materials. I love this volunteer gig, because not only do I get a sneak peak at the shows (I usually photograph a dress rehearsal) it keeps me in involved in the theatre community I love so much!
Recently, the artistic director of the theatre asked if I could shoot a dance rehearsal for Urinetown, The Musical. She was looking for shots of the kids as well as some of her directing. That posed a unique challenge, how do you photograph someone directing and choreographing a dance number and try not to catch them in an unflattering position? I hope I did her justice.
A couple of weeks later, on rare non-rainy day in Seattle, she and I went to the Washington Park Arboretum to take some headshots for her portfolio. We agreed that the contrast of her pink sweater and the green grass were the most stunning of all we shot.
Here’s what I saw at Youth Theatre Northwest and at the Arboretum,
PS – Urinetown, The Musical plays until March 25 – I HIGHLY recommend you run out and see it!! You will not be disappointed!