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Family Day Part 1 | Colorado Opera Photographer

Opera Colorado puts on a ton of awesome events to get kids excited about the opera. One of the biggest events they host is Family Day. On Family Day, kids and their parents come to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House to watch a show and do crafts relating to the story. The shows are all abridged, kid-friendly, English language versions of classic operas and there is a Q&A session after each show.

Family Day is a big event so I split it into two blogs. The first show was Barber of Seville. It a comedy about love triangles and rectangles and trapezoids and it’s full of mischief, deception, and humor. The kids made glasses and mustaches so they could have their own disguises like the main character in the opera.

It’s almost the end of the season for Opera Colorado. This week, is their last week of mainstage shows until November. There are a couple other events before the season closes for good though. The Spring Tea, on May 20th is a fundraiser with tea and balloons at Grant Humphrey’s Mansion. I have donated a special session so be sure to bid on it! Get your tickets here.

The Young Artist Celebration is one of my favorite events of the year and is on May 21st at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. It is the final performance before the Young Artists say goodbye. I love it because I get to see how much they’ve learned and improved since their first concert. This is a great event if you want to see what opera is all about but are on a budget. Tickets are cheap and the event is kid friendly (but there will also be wine)! Get tickets here.

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Naropa’s Homeness | Boulder Theater Photography

Homeness was a beautiful, ethereal show centered around the spaces in the home. The play was born from a five day silent writing retreat that the Naropa students went on. When they returned from the trip, they compiled their different material into one cohesive piece of theater. Each scene took place in a different room of the house and told a different story about shelter, belonging, memories, and love.

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Cast/Creators

Rebecca Buckley
Landin Melendez
Gabriela Petrov
Ashley Rice
Madelyn Rose Robinson
Chie Saito
Kristin Marie Stelter
Annabel Turrado
K. Woodzick

Crew

Technical Director/Light Designer: Shevek Majors-Peer
Stage Manager: Michael Blendermann
Assistant Stage Manager: Emma Quarterman
Light Board Operator: Karen Cruz
Sound Board Operator: Cameron MacAlpine
Electrics and Staging: Brandon Thomas, Todd Bilsborough, Leo Soula-Hutchison, Jake Cacciatore

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SPILL | Colorado Theater Photographer

Naropa Unversity’s SPILL is a play about the 2010 BP oil spill and the Deepwater Horizon explosion that caused it. The play shows the tragedy from the perspectives of the oil rig workers, their families, scientists, lawyers, and residents in the gulf region. This piece told a emotional and honest story that delved far deeper than what was heard on the news at the time.

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SPILL is inspired by true events. I spent three years interviewing people affected by the DEEPWATER HORIZON explosion and the resulting BP oil spill of 2010, the largest environmental disaster in United States history. My artistic team has also studied court documents, media coverage, and other found text as source material in our investigation. While most of the dialogue comes directly from these interviews and documents, the piece also includes original writing based on these interviews, as well as conversations, observations, and our firsthand experiences.

The people we have met in the Gulf have changed our lives forever. I had been warned that we should be careful, that the people of Texas and Louisiana might be reluctant to participate in a project on this topic, particularly as an outsider. But in truth, the people we met welcomed us, they were incredibly generous with their time, and they made us feel very much at home. The story of this place and the people is far more complicated than I realized when I first began. Their stories speak to the very complicated and politically charged energy issues of our time.

—Leigh Fondakowski, playwright / director

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CAST

Sondra Blanchard: Narrator, Arleen Weise, Andrea Fleytas, Kerry St. Pé, Ensemble.
Jade Garisch: Shelley Anderson, Ensemble.
Mark Gibson: Mike Williams, Pat O’ Bryan, Michael Brune, Johnathan Henderson, Ensemble.
Joshua Lorris: Bill Anderson, Jimmy Harrell, Steve Bertone, Billy Nungesser, Ensemble.
Michael Sater: Bob Bea, Randy Ezell, Jorey Danos Ensemble.
Kevin Vaught: Keith Jones, Christopher Pleasant, Pat Cambell, Gary Bartholemy, Ensemble.
John Wittbrodt: Jason Anderson, Tony Hayward, Ensemble.
China Young: Lillian Meyer, Mary Landry, Jolene Danos, Ensemble.

CREW

Michael Blendermann: Video Operator
Jake Cacciatore: Set Carpenter
Karen Cruz: Assistant Stage Manager (Lead)
Emma Quarterman: Light Board Operator/Light Design Assistant
Brandon Thomas: Assistant Stage Manager

ARTISTIC COLLABORATORS

Ethelyn Friend & Lorenzo Gonzalez: Dialects
Gary Grundei: Composer
Sarah Lambert: Set Designer
Cameron MacAlpine: Sound Design/Sound Board Operator
Shevek Majors-Peer: Lighting Designer
Colleen Mylott: Assistant Director/Choreography
Jeffrey Sichel: Producer
Leo Soula-Hutchison and Malachi Tharp: Production Stage Manager

SPILL was written and directed by Leigh Fondakowski.
Dramaturgy by: Sarah Lambert, Kelli Simpkins, and Reeva Wortel.
Development: SPILL was originally commissioned by the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.
Commissioned and Developed with support from The Ensemble Studio Theatre / Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science and Technology Project.
SPILL premiered on March 14, 2014 at Louisiana State University’s Swine Palace, George Judy, Artistic Director; Kristin Sosnowsky, Managing Director, in Baton Rouge, LA, in association with The Study Group

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Naropa Movement Portraits | Boulder Theater Photographer

Naropa University’s School of the Arts hired me to photograph two of their theater performances. After the first show, “By Any Other Name,” we did some theater portraits of movement from a part of the performance. Boulder theater photography can be done during a dress rehearsal or during a theater photo call. This was a photo call, which meant that it was done just for the purpose of photos. There are pros and cons to each, but this gave us a lot of flexibility, so we were able to set aside time just for these portraits. It also allowed us to make small changes and tweaks to make the best photos possible.

These movements were physical interpretations of different words, like “healing,” “death,” “witch,” and “translation.” It was so interesting to see how their different cultural and language backgrounds changed the interpretations. Each performer had a designated color throughout the show. Jade Garisch in pink, Teresa Veramendi in yellow, and Chie Saito in blue.

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Young Artist Farewell | Colorado Opera Photographer

Opera Colorado is in it’s off season right now but there is still lots going on to gear up for season 16-17. With three operas, an additional Young Artist, and a ton more events, this season is really exciting.

Just a few months ago, the season was ending and the Young Artists were singing in their farewell concert. They put on a beautiful and fun concert that the whole audience enjoyed!

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General Director Greg Carpenter

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Young Artist Danielle Lombardi

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Young Artists Charles Eaton and Emily Louise Robinson

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This little girl loves listening to opera in the car and this was her first concert. She was in awe when the first aria started and she loved meeting all the singers after the show.

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Young Artists Charles Eaton and Benjamin Werley

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Young Artists William Lee Bryan and Benjamin Werley

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Young Artist Danielle Lombardi

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Young Artist Emily Louise Robinson

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Opera Colorado Young Artists

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Hamilton Musical Workshop | Colorado Dance Photography

Have you heard!? Hamilton is coming to Denver! I’ve been listening to the soundtrack on repeat and I think I have most of the songs memorized by now. I’ve also seen some killer dance photography from the Broadway production. I am so pumped!

This show is familiar to me though. Two years ago, at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Broadway choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler workshopped Hamilton‘s “Yorktown” with the Jazz and Musical Theater participants. They performed it that summer at Inside/Out and A Jazz Happening.

I remember my first reaction to hearing that there would be a hip hop Broadway musical about American history. I thought it was such a cool idea but I had no idea how popular this new hit would be. It was so interesting to see this piece come together. As the dance photography intern that summer, I was able to photograph each step throughout the workshop.

It was even cooler to see it performed in it’s final form at the Tony Awards. I recognized so many of the same elements and moves from two years before. It wasn’t until then that I realized what these students had been apart of. Something historical. Something revolutionary.

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By Any Other Name | Colorado Theater Photographer

I just loved photographing this work at Naropa University. “By Any Other Name” by Jade Garisch, Teresa Veramendi, and Chie Saito combined theater, movement, and social commentary. That is pretty much a trifecta for me! Plus, I got to be really interactive while photographing the piece.

As a Colorado theater photographer, I usually stay in the audience and photograph a whole show from the front of the stage. Teresa, Chie & Jade encouraged me to use the full stage and not worry about getting in their faces. I was all over the place, shooting from every angle. It really helped me connect with the piece on another level.

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