I grew up in the orchestra pit of a musical theatre company in Seattle. My Dad was the orchestra conductor and my Mom was the orchestra manager. Surrounded by musicians, actors, and dancers, the theatre is like home to me. Taking a story and bringing it to life, building the world it lives in, throwing in some song and dance – it’s magic! What’s not to love? I don’t understand people who don’t like theatre. I just… don’t. And I don’t apologize for this; I apologize for them. These people are missing out on something fantastic. I pity them.
I was introduced to the Whidbey Children’s Theater when the daughter of a friend of mine was in their recent production of Sleeping Beauty. After seeing the show, I knew I wanted to be involved somehow. When I saw the images they were using for their promotional stuff, I knew my place. Don’t get me wrong, I love cell phone photos as much as the next person, but I also believe there’s a time and place for them. Like, Facebook. And Instagram. I decided I would approach WCT about shooting for them on a volunteer basis. I figured it was a win-win situation; they get solid images for their archives and promotions, and I get to see shows. Not to mention, being around an ever-changing group of lively young’uns lighting up the stage. Children are amazing creatures; I don’t think we give them nearly enough credit.
Today, I shot a few images that are going to be used in the local paper to promote their upcoming show, Willy Wonka. The show opens 7 December, and I highly recommend you attend. So many schools are dropping their art, music and theatre programmes these days; it’s groups like WCT that are keeping imagination alive. They ought to be supported. No, really. They should. So please come. Please? Aw, thanks! I knew I could count on you!