I was a very proud father when I recently completed some events photography for my daughter, who owns Leanne Edwards School of Theatre Arts. I guess I was more proud because my grand-daughter Keira took the main part.
Leanne aims to stage a show every year featuring her pupils. This year she decided to stage Madagascar, a musical based on the highly successful film. The event took place at the Rhoda McGaw Studio Theatre in Woking, providing a great space for local groups. It is also part of a much larger complex that boasts 6 screens and a 1200 seat theatre run by the Ambassadors group.
The computer animated comedy film Madagascar was released by Dreamworks in 2005. The show tells the story of four animals from Central Park Zoo who decide to leave and then find themselves stranded on the island of Madagascar. The show is very amusing and the junior production is perfect for small theatre groups.
Leanne decided on a fairly simple set that featured back projection to set the scene. This was very effective and took the audience from Central Park Zoo to Madagascar and on to the Antarctic.
I went along to cover the dress rehearsal and with no audience present I had the run of the whole theatre. This helped enormously when the stage was full of characters. It is at times like this that I realise that I am not getting any younger. It takes a whole load more effort to clamber over the rows of seats these days!
As usual with this type of events photography, the lighting can be challenging. There are always hot spots making exposure difficult to handle, combined with the unpredictability of knowing what happens next. However, I am quite used to these challenges.
Leanne filled the second half with some dance routines because the show itself is quite short. These featured a number of Leanne’s successful dance festival entries.
It was great fun producing the images and I am very pleased with the results. Time was of the essence as I had to produce 6 finished prints for the following evenings performance – I do love a tight schedule. My daughter Leanne was also delighted with the finished result.
Events photography is something that I love doing – so if you have a show, exhibition or party, I would love to hear from you.
© Andrew Boschier Photography 2017