Our friend and neighbour Grace was attending Stagecoach drama school for a week, and her mother Maria asked if we’d like to come along and see their version of Grease. Absolutely!
It was impressive to see how much the four to eighteen year old kids had learnt during only a week. The play was really well performed with great gusto, great songs and excellent dancing by all the children. It was a joy to watch, and I should think that every single of the parents in attendance felt extremely proud of their offspring. They should – I felt very proud of Grace, and I’m not even blood related to her. But she was just so good!
In this day and age where we read in the papers every week about another idiotic “no photography” rule, it was a joy to see parents and friends find their cameras and video recorders. With maybe 80 people in the audience, I counted at least 15 cameras and 10 video cameras. Hopefully there has already been many showings of the budding stars already.
I went to the back of the small room and tried to find a spot where I could shoot over the heads of most of the audience with my 70-200mm zoom. It worked somewhat – most of the shots have audience heads peeking up over the actors’ feet, but other than crouching down right in front of the stage, I don’t see how that could have been avoided. Despite the spotlights, the light levels were low (a typical exposure was ISO 2800 at f/2.8 and 1/100 sec).