"Shakespeare", played by Tyler Boegler of the Utah Children’s Theatre, waits backstage - September 2014
I recently had the wonderful opportunity to shoot backstage at Friday night’s performance of Digestible Shakespeare during the closing weekend of the Utah Children’s Theatre’s Shakespeare Festival. This was somewhat of a trial run for a potential longer term project with the theatre, which I am really excited about and hope to be able to offer more details on in the near future.
The show itself, which aims to engage audiences both young and old with the world of Shakespeare, compresses several works into bite-sized morsels. From my perspective backstage it was an extremely enjoyable show and I frequently struggled holding the camera through various bouts of laughter. Forget camera shake, it was whole body shake that made the difficult shooting conditions even more difficult. Speaking of shooting conditions, there was an interesting mix of red, black, white, LED, and variable stage lights I was working with. You can see in the image above that the backstage area is primarily red while the hallway leading up to the dressing rooms is tungsten. Very strange and challenging, but enjoyable to try to figure out throughout the evening. I am in the process of working up final images and will hopefully have a few more to share very soon.