I was invited to photograph Greasepaint Academy’s dress rehearsal of Aladdin. I arrived at the Walter Roy Theatre at 10am to capture behind the scenes photographs of the children getting ready for the dress rehearsal. The dressing room was full of excitement and nerves as the children gathered around to have their hair and make-up done. The costumes were fantastic! A rainbow of bright and vivid colours filled the room, each child wearing a different coloured Arabian style outfit with multicoloured feathers in their hair. The girls had the choice of pink, purple, white or brown eyeshadow to choose from, with the majority opting for the girly option of pink or purple! The older actors had a dressing room to themselves where they assisted each other with their hair and make-up. During the madness of getting all the children ready, there were moments of stillness and looking forward to the performance ahead of them. The parents really assisted with the smooth running of the morning leading up to the dress rehearsal.
Once everyone was ready, all the children congregated into the theatre awaiting instruction. After introductions and notes about how the dress rehearsal will run, the children all ran off excitedly to get into their starting positions. The lights came up and the dress rehearsal commenced. The dress rehearsal was fantastic! The children put in so much energy and passion into their performance, even when having to stop and restart a section to ensure music cues and lighting were perfect. They were all very professional and eager to perform to their absolute best ability, which really shone through in the photos.
Greasepaint Performance Academy is a performance arts academy run by the very talented and creative Rachel Miller. She teaches Drama classes, musical theatre classes, LAMDA tutoring and exam entry, pre school ‘tots’ sessions, west end workshops and Arts Awards tutoring for children between the ages of 4-16 year olds. If you would like your children to join Greasepaint, please follow the below links to find out more:
CDs are available from Rachel Miller for full coverage of the Aladdin performance.
I am available for event and performance photography. Please get in touch to find out pricing details.