Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Into The Woods (Play)...

... shots from the Theatre Lab's Musical Theatre Institute for Teens production of "Into The Woods" by Stephen Sondheim.   The musical was directed by Michael Russotto with musical direction by Buzz Mauro. 

In short, it is an amazing un-Disney retelling of classic childhood fairytales.   A huge production with a very unique stage set, amazing lights and even more amazing costumes!

I shot this during the performance, which I usually hate to do as it is a bit disruptive to the audience and limits my movement and creativity.   To boot, I was perched on top of a six foot ladder.    No flash was possible but I pulled this off with the 70-200mm f2.8 IS and the 5DmkII in aperture priority which allowed me to operate the camera with shutter speeds between 1/60 and 1/200 depending on what I was metering off of.   Not a lot of freedom of movement on that ladder to shoot in manual.

Since I was on a ladder shooting down during the performance, you can see the back of the front row of the audience... which is a different look, not unpleasent... but again, limiting as far as creativity went.    Also, the gobo'd lights, while perfect visually to the audience, made for dappled shadows on the cast's faces.    In addition, due to the unique set-up of the stage space, a neon exit sign, a wall mounted telephone and a fire extinguisher were generally visible in the background.

Great show though... amazing to see these kids in person.   You can't appreciate the effort they put forth unless you were there in person!

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