NEWS FLASH: The Blake Summer Musical Theatre Institutes are just around the corner; four weeks from “Hi, My name is…” to opening night of a colossal show. High School and Middle High sessions. More information here
DIGITAL IMAGES or FINISHED PRINTS!: Images are now available as digital downloads at your request. Select the Digital Download option for each image you wish to purchase. Please read this before ordering.
This is your gateway to photos of Blake Stage Company productions starting in 2012 when Addison moved into high school, infected by the theatre but that found its way into her blood in middle high under the direction of Erin Lorenz. Ally is following suite, having been onstage with Addison in Legally Blonde The Musical. I’m working to get all of the shows into a consistent format, but they’re no less consistent than they were on the old site. You’re looking for production stills, though, and not a beautiful web site.
Introducing this theatre program in a few sentences is like trying to capture Disney in a few photos. This constantly arriving and graduating troupe, under the direction of Mr. Michel D’Anna and backed by the artistic set stylings of Mr. John Ovington, amaze audiences show after show.
Blake’s four-week Summer Theatre Institute adds to everyone’s chance to hone their singing, dancing and dramatic skills by adding a third major production to school-year spring and fall shows. Summer session also brings in student-actors from schools throughout the area and as far away as Nebraska. The Institute has also brought in talent including professional acting and voice coach Harry Winter, collegiate acting coaches and Blake alumni Charles Harper and Richard Muhammad, and choreographer and Blake alumnus Michelle Carter to make the theatre experience even more spectacular for both actors and audience.
A four-week middle-high version of the summer Institute under director Michael Kelley gives budding thespians as young as rising sixth graders a chance to experience the big stage and decide whether the spotlights or stagecraft are calling them.
Quite a few of you have asked about purchasing show photos. Thanks for your kind words! My primary goal was to give our thespians something to look at and show off after the Institute was over for the year. I’m an old school film photographer, though – from the days when we enjoyed prints by making them big and hanging them on walls – and have decided to make these available as real photographic prints. Not the ink jet kind, but the ones from a real pro lab that will look as good as photos under very challenging and changing stage lighting can look.
The Blake Stage Company Boosters are a big source of financial support that enables Stage Company to add microphones, buy real stage paint (more expensive but worth it), stage makeup (also more expensive; also worth it) and whatever else Directors D’Anna and Kelley need to put on these fantastic performances. One might think that a lot of funding for the arts magnet school would come from the county, wouldn’t one? Reality is that we’re completely self-funded and Montgomery County only restricts how we can raise and use money. I donate 25% of the print price to the Boosters to help keep Blake Stage Company healthy for our young to enjoy for the years to come. Thanks for supporting Stage Company through your print purchases.
Theatre Lobby Posters for Crazy For You, Hamlet, A Day at the Zoo and The Adventures of Peter Rabbit are available. Additional posters in the works include Legally Blonde the Musical and Little Mermaid Jr. from our 2015 Summer Theatre Institute.