I’ve loved being able to capture Naropa’s student theater productions. Through Colorado performing arts photography, I’ve gotten the chance to see some of these students perform throughout their years in graduate school and it is amazing to watch how they’ve grown. Not just in terms of their skills but in the way they think as well. Their productions and performances are deeper and more impactful each year. At the end of each academic year, those graduating from the school’s theater program perform works that they created for their thesis, in order to fulfill their graduation requirements.
“Chekhov’s Three Sisters find themselves in a grungy, old jazz bar to sing the smoky, grey incantations of their souls.” This is the line printed in the program for The Sisters DeCantate, presented by Jade Garisch in collaboration with Kristin Stelter, Chie Saito, Madelyn Robinson, and Marko Melnick. Their performance was beautifully done and highly engaging. I was so drawn into it as I was photographing the show. Throughout the performance, the audience got a chance to get to know each of the three sisters, the struggles they shared, and their unique personalities. There was so much raw emotion packed into this hour-long show and I was left feeling as though a weight had been lifted.
Cast and Crew
Irina – Jade Garisch
Olga – Madelyn Robinson
Masha – Kristin Stelter
Birdmother – Chie Saito
Guitar / Accordian / Effects / Pedals: Marko Melnick
Composition: Music composition, words, structure, concept and direction by Jade Garisch. Guitar parts/live effects composed by Marko Melnick.
Choreography: Chie Saito in collaboration with Jade Garisch and cast
Stage Manager: Cameron MacAlpine
Assistant Stage Manager: Brandon Thomas
Light Board Operator: Isaac Eide
Sound Board Operator: Jake Cacciatore
Production Coordinator: Malachi Tharp
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