I was asked to photograph the end of season performance of the Teen Drama Lab.
Teen Drama Lab is a acting class for young performers provided by FolksbieneRU, which is part of The National Yiddish Theater. Its a wonderful 3 month class where kids learn stage acting and at the end of the season get to put on a full performance for friends and family.
I was shooting the full practice run right before the main performance. I prefer shooting the practice run as the house is clear of people and makes moving around easier without disturbing the show.
I wound up converting a lot of the images to black and white. I usually only do this if there is distracting bright color taking away from the emotion of the subject. But this theater actually had beautiful soft ambient light that was quite flattering. But there is just something so classically emotional about looking at a performance photo in B&W it just adds a new element of emotion.
The class and performance was held at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, at 344 Amsterdam Avenue. The Jewish Community center has a lot of great programs for children.