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.
Everyone knows that MIT is a “buttoned down” think tank for nerds … right? Well I beg to differ with that notion. The MIT Resonance a Capella group proves it… the kids from MIT can sing and dance ! Here’s a look at the group when they performed as one of the featured performers at Norwood High School’s A Capella Night.
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
Four years ago I had the chance to photograph four girls who had recently graduated from high school.
They were “girlfriends” and they were all quite different. I don’t claim to understand people, I just capture their souls, OK, I just take their pictures… but magic happens when you look back and see how things have changed.
Especially those years right after high school when a person’s world explodes with new ideas – new places – and people.
I’d love to shoot the Girlfriends again, but that moment has passed
I had the chance to see The Screaming Orphans perform at the Cleveland Irish Festival in July 2009. I playing at the festival too, so I only had the chance to get a few shots of the Joan Diver, the band’s drummer and lead singer. They don’t scream and they aren’t orphans. They are a band made up of four sister’s. Their Mom was the band’s lead singer up until they took to the road to perform around the world. Check them out if they are in your area of the country.