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.
I’ve known Caitin for a few years and when she asked me to photograph her wedding – I was thrilled.
She is such a classy person, I knew that Joe would be too and I was right.
The value of marriage hasn’t changed. It’s an expression of commitment. Not only to each other, but to your friends and family. Think about it, here you have two people that get engaged … then go through months or years of preparation for their Wedding Day and they still go through with it! All that stress – all those questions and suggestions and stress.
But when you know it’s right, when you know that this person is right, that you will support each other and comfort each other – that you will be the ” strong one” – non-judgemental,
It’s actually an amazing day, but it’s not a magical day, the magic was there all along, this is the day of celebration.
I was recently told that I am a couple’s “Photographer for life”. Until today I didn’t realize what that meant – It’s not a job, it’s a responsibility – an honor and a mission to be there to capture their life. Pretty neat!
Maura O’Connell is a classic – a soulful, smiling, emotional, thoughtful singing classic. The songs she chooses … so carefully, are a message to her audience. Almost like speaking to us all, she tells us the story, begs us to listen and join her in her cause. It was at least 100 degrees at this show which was an at out door festival so Maura, like the rest of us, was doing our best not to faint.
But she sang on and the audience just loved her.
And she let us all into her confidence … as a reward.
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?
Images and some video from Thanksgiving Rocks, the Norwood High School – Norwood MA 2009 Comedy Show. And just remember – It’s hard to be a big turkey one day and then have to go to school the next. So, you know, there’s a lesson for you.