Inherit the Wind Entry #11: Publicity Pictures

Photographer John Lamb (R) and Director Mark Neels (L) set up a publicity shot.
Photographer John Lamb (R) and Director Mark Neels (L) set up a publicity shot.

It’s Sunday, May 29th.  We are 11 days away from opening night and John Lamb is in for a visit. And today we’re taking pictures.

John does all the photography for Clayton Community Theatre and several other groups.  When you come, you will see his pictures on display in the “lobby.”  Those aren’t the pictures that he’s taking today, though.  He is here to take “publicity pictures” and “head shots.”

First, the head shots.  We all file past him and get an individual picture taken.  These actually will be on display in the lobby – come to think of it.  You’ll see a close up of each of us with our name underneath.  But the action shots that you will see will be shot later.  John will come back during one of the dress rehearsals and take pictures of the actual show.  Sometimes he comes twice.

Publicity shots are a different animal.  Several of the principles will be posed in – what we hope will be – intriguing shots.  Nothing that comes out of this will be very much like the actual show.  You may see some of these in newspapers in coming days.

On the plus side, publicity picture day gives us a first glimpse of some of the costumes.

Here is the Judge:

Judge Tom
Judge Tom

And the counsel for the defense:

Henry Drummond - the devil himself!
Henry Drummond – the devil himself!

And then there is Rachel.

Rachel the Reverend's daughter looking innocent.
Rachel the Reverend’s daughter looking innocent.

Rachel might be as close as this show has to a protagonist – in the classic sense.  None of the other main characters really change much – their individual existentialist moments not withstanding.  In general, it is actually the townspeople of Hillsboro who make the major character journey of the play.  But Rachel is the kind of focal point of everything that goes on with the rest of the town.

And while all of these pictures are being taken, the rest of us wait:

While publicity shots are happening, here's what the rest of us are doing -- waiting.
While publicity shots are happening, here’s what the rest of us are doing — waiting.

We understand, of course.  It’s all part of the process.  It is funny though.  A process that began several weeks ago with a lot of waiting, has returned to waiting.

After the pictures came the runthrough.  Less and less the cast members are watching the show from the seats and more and more we’re spending the show backstage.

This means more waiting

Actors do a lot of this - waiting to go on.
Actors do a lot of this – waiting to go on.

And more waiting:

More actors waiting to go onstage.
More actors waiting to go onstage.

Tech week is coming up, so there is more waiting ahead.

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