“Miss Julie:” from start to finish, the making of a DU theatrical production

In this slideshow, I looked to show parts of the whole process of putting on a theatrical production at DU. In the first half, specifically, I sought to show the rehearsal process, if not in its entirety, then enough to at least allude to all of its parts. For example, I wanted to show what goes into creating the set, rehearsing lines, directing stage movements and practicing emotions.

In the second half, I tried to depict the excitement, nervousness and fast pace of a DU production’s opening night. I wanted to show the little bits of emotion here and there—a worried look on the actors’ faces, laughter in the meantime, pure joy in knowing their work was finally paying off. I also wanted to show a good comparison between before the actual performances and after. For example, the difference between the set in the rehearsal pictures and the set in the performance picture demonstrated just how far they had come, and I liked that.

I mostly photographed the subjects that I did because they caught my eye. As mentioned before, if there was a brief bit of emotion, I tried to capture that. I also tried to show progress between before and after all of the cast and crew’s work. Hopefully the combination made a descriptive set of photos.

One of the main challenges—and also one of the greatest assets—I faced in taking pictures in the Black Box Theater was the lighting. Lighting in the dressing room as well as on stage created odd photographic situations, and I had to alter the settings multiple times in order to figure out what worked best. Ultimately, however, the light created some cool effects: multicolored, deep and expressive photos of the set as well as cool, silhouetted pictures in the dressing room. I liked that a lot. It must be mentioned, however, that for all of the pictures that did turn out, at least ten didn’t turn out.

All of these pictures related to my original issue story in the sense that they simply continued the tale. While the story focused more on the precursory processes of putting on “Miss Julie,” these pictures continued that on and showed the full fruition of the cast and crew’s efforts. I looked at theater in an entirely different way after seeing the full extent of the work and thought put into it, and I developed a stronger respect for the acting talents of these three actors. It amazed me that they could be so nice and helpful in real life, and like the flick of a switch, they were able to transform into a despicable group of characters. It was quite a lot of fun overall.

2 Responses to “Miss Julie:” from start to finish, the making of a DU theatrical production

  • Ann Monaghan
    Ann Monaghan says:

    Anna,

    I really like this slideshow! I think you did a great job putting the photos and captions in an order that made sense. I also like the photos you used, and how you made sure to include photos of both people and things. However, your photos of the people were my favorite because you did such a great job capturing those candid moments and expressions.

  • Michael Ferrero
    Michael Ferrero says:

    I really enjoyed looking through the photos of this slideshow. I thought that there were many different and unique angles used, and the captions worked really well with what the image was portraying. I liked that the slideshow was about the making of a theatrical production, and through the pictures, you see just how much work is put into it. I thought there were a good amount of photos portraying the actors as well as still images.

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