Unlike studio-recorded music, or movies or visual art, theatre and live performances are ephemeral. There may be many hours of practice and work before the event, but once the performance is over, it cannot be recaptured. Sure you can take photos, as I’ve done here of a half-dressed rehearsal, or make a video or audio record, but it is not the same as the actual performance. Part of it has to do with the presence of a live audience and their response.
As Emily realizes in Act III of Our Town, it is the everyday activities of our everyday lives that are ephemeral. And we should be paying more attention to them.
For other interpretations of the ephemeral theme, check this out!
Like I said in my previous post, I’m up to my ears in community theatre. In addition to being the show photographer, I’ve been property master for Our Town, ACT (a community theatre)’s 20th Anniversary production of the first show it staged in May of 1995. The play opens in 9 days. We also auditioned for Hamlet all weekend, which I’m producing this summer.