White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Saturday, June 10, 2017

"Nunsense," (Part 2 of 2), Priscilla Beach Theatre, Priscilla Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

"Nunsense" opened yesterday for a sold-out run at Priscilla Beach Theatre (PBT). PBT's quality leadership, venue, cast and production team has become consistent in attracting sell-out crowds!! This blog post is from the second of the two dress rehearsals that I photographed. Part 1 is at this link.

The storyline: "When the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide the best way to raise money is to put on a variety show. They take over the school auditorium, which is currently set up for the eighth grade production of "Grease". Meet Reverend Mother Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn named Sister Robert Anne; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is a wannabe ballerina; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who has lost her memory." Source: PBT

The performance cast: Jeanine Belcastro, Paige Berkovitz, Shelly Fawson, Sarah Franco, and Brittany Napoli, create an absolute riot of laughter, wonderful music, and audience involvement. There is a good reason that the original off-Broadway production ran for 3,600+ performances and is the 2nd longest running off-Broadway show in history - it is a great show!

The team that makes all this happen behind the scenes:

Producers: Bob and Sandy Malone
Director: Theresa Chiasson
Musical Director: Christopher Ricci
Production Manager: Joshua Patino
Stage Manager: Ross Magnant
Choreography: Ashley Evans
Lighting: Ellie Rogers
Sound: Chris Conti

The following images were in order of appearance in the show. (Click on an image for a higher resolution view if your device supports that action).

You can contact PBT by phone at 508-224-4888 or online at http://www.pbtheatre.org/ for tickets or information.

Come out to PBT and support local, live theatre in our community - we are all richer by its presence.

For the photographically inclined, for this show I went back to using my trusty Sony RX100M2, shutter speed set at 1/250, aperture and ISO varied based on available light during each scene. Photographically, I found both of these shows to be the most challenging live performance yet. With a stage mostly black, costumes were high contrast black and white, and stage lighting was often bright and intense, it was difficult to get an evenly exposed image across such a dynamic range. With constant movement, HDR was not really an option either. I found spot metering on an individual face was the only way to make it work.

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