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Burns Park Players: Beauty and the Beast

 
Burns Park Players: Beauty and the Beast | My favorite shot of the series: Jay Pekala (both personally and as Cogsworth) is somewhat ambivalent about the burden on his shoulders, while Clinch Steward (Lumiere) is awash with light.
My favorite shot of the series: Jay Pekala (both personally and as Cogsworth) is somewhat ambivalent about the burden on his shoulders, while Clinch Steward (Lumiere) is awash with light.

The show has been closed for over a week, and my family is still trying to figure out how the songs go. Max still sings his cover versions of Consider Yourself (from Oliver!) and To Life! (from Fiddler on the Roof) — nearly on a daily basis.

Color v. Black+White

When I first started shooting for the Burns Park Players, I wasn’t very good at color correcting the insufficient fluorescent and rehearsal lighting that illuminates the pre-performance cast and crew work. My sneaky way of making those shots look a lot better was to show them in black+white. On the other hand, since the on-stage production featured beautiful lighting — not to mention colorful costumes and sets — I showed those shots in their full-color splendor. Problem solved.

Since then, however, I’ve become quite adept at color balancing images taken in all kinds of lighting conditions. So I could choose whether to display a particular rehearsal/crew shot in color or black+white — based on what worked best for that image, rather than on any technical considerations. But this year, in my haste to get the show up in time, it was faster to forego the choice: I just produced everything in color. I was happily surprised to hear that people missed the black+white.

For Relish — and for old time’s sake — I decided to return to the original Kanses v. Oz strategy. To good effect, I think.

Burns Park Players: Beauty and the Beast | The cheese-grater costume (deftly donned by Barry Fuller) was particularly fascinating in its realism.
The cheese-grater costume (deftly donned by Barry Fuller) was particularly fascinating in its realism.
Burns Park Players: Beauty and the Beast | Set crew member Jim Wallace engineered and built Maurice’s invention, including all the bell[ow]s, whistles, fire, and smoke.
Set crew member Jim Wallace engineered and built Maurice’s invention, including all the bell[ow]s, whistles, fire, and smoke.
Burns Park Players: Beauty and the Beast | Make-up crew member Harvey Weinblatt painted Jon Wardner’s face numerous times before arriving at the final beastly look.
Make-up crew member Harvey Weinblatt painted Jon Wardner’s face numerous times before arriving at the final beastly look.
Burns Park Players: Beauty and the Beast | A dramatic shot of rehearsal from upstage.
A dramatic shot of rehearsal from upstage.
Burns Park Players: Beauty and the Beast | The oldest and youngest cast members — Fredda Clisham and Ben Worden.
The oldest and youngest cast members — Fredda Clisham and Ben Worden.
Burns Park Players: Beauty and the Beast | Vocal warm-up exercises with music director Eric Lofstrom.
Vocal warm-up exercises with music director Eric Lofstrom.
Burns Park Players: Beauty and the Beast | Beautiful light (and faces) could be captured in the pit orchestra.
Beautiful light (and faces) could be captured in the pit orchestra.
Burns Park Players: Beauty and the Beast | When Maurice arrives at the castle, he enjoys checking out ALL the equipment. [Bob Galardi, Jay Pekala, and Eva Rosenwald]
When Maurice arrives at the castle, he enjoys checking out ALL the equipment. [Bob Galardi, Jay Pekala, and Eva Rosenwald]
Burns Park Players: Beauty and the Beast | Gaston is determined to get Belle at any cost. [Karen Ostafinski Hulsebus, Jeff Post, Zack Pearlman]
Gaston is determined to get Belle at any cost. [Karen Ostafinski Hulsebus, Jeff Post, Zack Pearlman]
Burns Park Players: Beauty and the Beast | Dramatic lighting and staging: Maurice in the dungeon | Gaston fights the Beast (in this scene the Beast is played by body-double Barry Fuller, of cheese-grater fame).
Dramatic lighting and staging: Maurice in the dungeon | Gaston fights the Beast (in this scene the Beast is played by body-double Barry Fuller, of cheese-grater fame).
Burns Park Players: Beauty and the Beast | Madame de la Grande Bouche (the Wardrobe) offers Belle a favorite gown. | Lumiere, in full costume, was positively dashing. [Dawn Korman, Karen Ostafinski Hulsebus, and Clinch Steward]
Madame de la Grande Bouche (the Wardrobe) offers Belle a favorite gown. | Lumiere, in full costume, was positively dashing. [Dawn Korman, Karen Ostafinski Hulsebus, and Clinch Steward]
Burns Park Players: Beauty and the Beast | Mrs. Potts sings “Beauty and the Beast” while Belle and the Beast dance in the castle ballroom. [Milo Tucker-Meyer, Lisa Mann, Karen Ostafinski Hulsebus, and Jon Wardner]
Mrs. Potts sings “Beauty and the Beast” while Belle and the Beast dance in the castle ballroom. [Milo Tucker-Meyer, Lisa Mann, Karen Ostafinski Hulsebus, and Jon Wardner]
Burns Park Players: Beauty and the Beast | And yes, the show even had a kick line. Bravo!
And yes, the show even had a kick line. Bravo!

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Comments

Stunning photos. I love the orchestra shot.

#1 Spencer

BRAVO is right. For the show and for you!!! Your pictures helped me relive that wonderful evening.

#2 Barbara

My school is doing Beauty and the Beast, and I am the stage manager.
I was wondering where you got your costumes from, they are beautiful.

#3 Angela

Hi Angela,

All the amazing fantasy costumes were designed and made by Mark Tucker. He can be reached at marktuck [at] umich [dot] edu.

Good luck with your production!

I have been cast in an ensemble role in Beauty and the Beast this summer. I love the pictures from your production. :-)

#5 Carol

I am in charge of costumes for belle and i am so inspired:)

#6 brenda

Wonderful! All of these shots of the production are phenomenal! The costumes look extraordinary in these photos as well! We are also performing Beauty and the Beast at our school this weekend and next weekend and the costumes look somewhat similar, but not the same. I am the cheese grater myself, and that costume looks less painful than the one I have to bear.

#7 Alanna

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I’m a professional photographer specializing in studio and lifestyle portraits of children, families, high school seniors, and performing artists. I live in Ann Arbor with my husband, Rich, and our 14-year-old son, Max. Learn more about my portrait and headshot services at Myra Klarman Photography.

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