The View

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Every once in a while I get the opportunity to take photos for one of the local community theatre‘s productions. I enjoy being a part of the shows on stage and would like to volunteer backstage but my schedule is too erratic to be of any reliable help. So, I volunteer my time to take the cast photos. Sometimes they also need photos taken of the show itself. I’ve only done it a few times but I wonder if I’ll ever feel completely comfortable with making noise and moving around during a show. I feel very distracting to the performers and relieved there is no one in the audience trying to watch.

The View from the Bridge - Barry Borgstrom

The last one I did was The View from the Bridge. It was a wonderful show. I have seen many – if not all – the actors perform before and I think some of them were challenged this time around. I don’t say that because I saw stress in their performance but, rather, because it was new characters for many of them. And they did very well! I felt nostalgic seeing Barry Borgstrom back on stage as the Lawyer and Narrator of the show. I grew up in the house across from him and enjoyed hearing him sing on his porch and seeing him perform as Don Quixote in La Man of La Mancha. The two young stars of the show impressed me as well. Jelena Jensen shone with a natural Brooklyn accent as the 171024_The View From a Bridge (27)sweet young niece, Catherine, and Carter Gulseth played a dreaming Italian immigrant, Rodolpho. The entire cast deserved the sold out nights and standing ovations.

The next production is a joint Cranbrook Community Theatre and Key City Theatre production, The Producer’s. It’s going to be fantastic!

Ashlée

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Vancouver Island Music Festival

For the past two years I have joined my mother in volunteering at the Vancouver Island MusicFest (VIMF). She is the backstage coordinator for all six stages and I mainly help at the Instrument Lockup and Schleppers tent. Together (I mainly just ask her a bunch of questions and then do what she tells me to) our team makes sure every musician is where they need to be, all instruments are safe or given to the right people, and all stages have the gear they need. It’s a very long weekend of camping in a tent city, very long days, short nights, and never ending music.

One thing I definitely take advantage of while I’m there is my backstage access. I am able to take photos backstage of a majority of the acts. Serena Ryder, The Trews, Enter the Haggis, Darlingside, 54-40 and so many more. While I don’t do anything with the photos really, they are great to have for myself. Stage photos are one of my favourite types to take and it’s really nice to take a break from taking photos for others.

Even though MusicFest was a couple months ago I wanted to share some photos I took.

Hope you’re all having a great week!

Ashlée

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