Theatre is Ephemeral

The choir sings at the wedding in Act II of Thornton Wilder's Our Town.  Production by ACT (a community theatre)

The choir sings at the wedding in Act II of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. Production by ACT (a community theatre)

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.

Mrs. Soames (the character) thinks it is the most beautiful wedding she has ever seen.

Mrs. Soames (the character) thinks it is the most beautiful wedding she has ever seen.

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.

Emily and George kiss in Act Two of Our Town while the choir, family (in the front row by the choir) and friends look on.

Emily and George kiss in Act II of Our Town while the choir, family (in the front row by the choir) and friends look on.

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.

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5 comments on “Theatre is Ephemeral

  1. agogo22 says:

    Reblogged this on msamba.

    • BuntyMcC says:

      Thanks for reflagging…but I really can’t figure out the logic of what you reblog and why…

      • agogo22 says:

        There is none. It’s whatever interests me that’s vaguely connected to what I do (I teach people how to express themselves at carnival in a Brazilian style, using drums, dance, costume, puppets and theme) and that I think may interest others.

  2. poppytump says:

    Mrs Soame’s expression there … marvellous timing Bunty !

    • BuntyMcC says:

      Thank you. The lady who plays Mrs. Soames has been in ACT’s productions since the first Our Town in 1995 – but in a very different role! She is a consummate actress. She is always “on” so she’s a pleasure to shoot.

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