Saturday, October 24, 2015

Departing The NAC

In Southam Hall at the National Arts Centre, these two shots of the stage, set up for Opera Lyra's The Barber Of Seville, were taken from the seats.


Down in the lobby, this dance troupe from The School Of Dance were performing. I took several shots, but was most satisfied with this one.


I conclude this series with Fourth Stage, the fourth and smallest of the performance spaces within the NAC. It's ideal for smaller, more intimate performances, and on this day, it was crowded and in use. Musicians were on stage, and singers were invited to come up for some karaoke. No, I did not take part- if I tried singing, people would be asking, "who's strangling the cat?" The young woman singing was doing a rendition of 'Holding Out For A Hero'. And she had a good voice.

29 comments:

  1. So much involved in stage preparation before a show. Your images capture wonderful glimpses.

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  2. Thanks for sharing the theatre tour.

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  3. Hard to take pictures AND sing at the same time. Otherwise, I'm sure you would have answered the call, right? :-)

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  4. Lots of talent within those walls.

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  5. This has been a super series, so much going on in the NAC.. 'who's strangling the cat'.. come on your voice can't be that bad William :)

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  6. I'm surprised you were allowed to take photos during a performance although it looks like you didn't use a flash. When I was a theatre usher we were the camera police!!! You're fortunate to have a multi use theatre.

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  7. @Gemma: thank you!

    @Marianne: you're welcome.

    @Revrunner: everyone would have been spared the horror!

    @Janet: indeed!

    @Grace: "show me the way to go home, I'm tired and I want to go to bed... hey! Don't throw shoes at me!"

    @Red: I think during karaoke it's acceptable, and of course I didn't use a flash.

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  8. Lots of artistic activity going on in this place.

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  9. Some people really sing that song well. Cool beans.

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  10. Hi William, thanks so much for sharing this tour!

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  11. These action shots are more my thing again, William, the third photo is a real beauty.

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  12. We could be an awesome duo: The Cats Stranglers...

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  13. The lighting in these photos is fabulous!

    Janis
    GDP

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  14. Looks like an enjoyable and fun karaoke session. I have stage fright!

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  15. You must have really enjoyed doing this series.

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  16. I particularly like the shots of the girl singing! The lighting is great.

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  17. i am sure it takes lots of dedicated folks 2 get it all ready 4 show time. (. ;

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  18. This has been so interesting. So many stages, so many venues, so much fun.
    Thank you
    MB

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  19. @Sharon: a whole lot!

    @Whisk: I found it a peculiar choice- she looks young enough that the song was around for years before she was even born.

    @Linda: you're welcome.

    @Jan: thanks!

    @VP: hah!

    @Janis: thank you! My camera behaves better with the flash turned off for interior shots, so I was happy with how these turned out.

    @Nancy: I've been on the stage in high school, but not since!

    @Norma: I certainly did.

    @RedPat: I was happy by how those shots turned out. I have no idea if she'll ever see this post.

    @Beth: it does!

    @MB: you're welcome.

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  20. But you sing in the shower, right?









    ALOHA
    ComfortSpiral

    (\__/)
    (='.'=)
    (")_(")

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  21. Oh my goodness William, where's the sound??? Love these!

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  22. now THAT would be some cool karoake!

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  23. Nice pictures William, you really caught the atmosphere with that lighting...

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  24. What a fantastic place! Something for everyone.

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  25. Lots of action before the curtain call William. How nice you were able to photograph the "behind the scenes".

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  26. This venue has so many different performance spaces! Ottawa is very fortunate.

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  27. @Cloudia: I do not!

    @Ciel: thank you!

    @Tex: I liked it. I believe Fourth Stage gets used quite a bit in our jazz festival too.

    @Geoff: thank you!

    @Mari: indeed!

    @Dianne: I knew I wanted to take part in this, and I really enjoyed it.

    @Jack: building it was a good legacy of our centennial.

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  28. This venue certainly has a lot going on!

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  29. Well I laughed at your description of your voice, William!!

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