When publicity photos are needed for our shows, we know just who to turn to. Rick Smith of Rick’s Photography has been photographing our shows for publicity and archival purposes for a long time. He always catches the most wonderful moments of each show. How he does this is a mystery to me, as he has not seen the show before he photographs it.
We usually take a few publicity photos early on in the rehearsal process before sets/costumes are completed. Then on our last evening of Technical Rehearsal before we open to the public, Rick comes in and shoots live while the show is going on. His timing is impeccable, look at the photo on the right. That is a flame you see as Mark Rademacher (Dr. Alex Farquhar) burns a piece of paper. This moment happens on stage very quickly and yet here it is captured on film.
Here is a wonderful shot of Inga R. Wilson as Nurse Plimpton. This shot really gives you a good feel of the show. It is very “Hitchcock” and is shot with furniture in the foreground of the picture giving us a voyeuristic account of what is going on.
To the right is another photo shot the same way. It is of Loren Bass (Mark Styler) and really gives us a good claustrophobic feeling. What is going on? What are they trying to hide?
If a picture is worth a thousand words… then Rick has provided us with millions and yet he leaves me speechless every time he photographs another show. So here’s to you Rick! Thanks for the great work!
~Travis W. Walter
Interim Artistic Director