Musicals are some of the most demanding productions for schools to put on. Not only must the actors remember their lines and deliver them … they have to sing and dance too.
But Norwood High School in Norwood, MA can pull it off and has been for many years.
They start with the auditions in May and then the rehearsals run all summer long. The kids take their vacations, work their summer jobs … (even the leads) and another actor just steps in and the rehearsals continue.
This September, the school is presenting West Side Story. We’ve all seen the show or the movie, or at least seen some of it. This is Romeo and Juliet set on the streets … the mean streets of New York. And it is one of the most passionate and gritty plays too.
But it’s also beautiful and delicate and intense. I just finished photographing a rehearsal and I can already tell that the audience is going to love it.
The girls from Amherst College aka The Bluestockings were one of the featured performers at Norwood High School’s “A Cappella Night” about a week ago. It’s seems that I am always in the dark at these events … trying to get the shot, waiting for their nose to come out from behind the microphone … with just a second I try to capture a smile, etc. Sometime I succeed.
Ursuline Academy in Dedham MA – Images from their 2010 Fashion Show – The girls invited the boys from area schools to escort them and the boys were happy to show up! Shot by Dan Busler Photography – Walpole – Norwood MA
Norwood High School – Norwood MA Presents – Macbeth – the great Shakespearean tragedy. With all of the costumes, the language, the dramatic gestures, the frowns and fighting and well … it’s freaking Shakespeare… you know?
So much preparation goes into the Christmas pageant each year. Costumes, rehearsals, songs and scripts. And in the end the parents love it for it’s simplicity and the kids just have fun dressing up. We all need to remember that it’s the simplicity that makes it all so beautiful.
Images and video from the Norwood High – Norwood MA Comedy Slam. We have a few vampires, several people looking at feet, a bouncing Santa, utter confusion and lots of laughing … the audience laughs too