A Backstage Look at The Huntington Theatre Company's "A Little Night Music"

Last weekend, I had the incredible honor of being asked to photograph a performance of The Huntington Theatre Company's stunning production of "A Little Night Music"... FROM BACKSTAGE!

The Liebeslieder Singers/Quintet live "The Glamorous Life", as seen from stage left. Canon 5DIII; 135mm f/2

So for about three hours, I made the stage managers very nervous as I snuck/ran/tiptoed through the bowels of the BU Theatre, grabbing candid moments of the actors preparing, whether just before they were about to go on: 

Lauren Weintraub prepares to enter the stage as Fredrika Armfeldt. Canon 5DIII, 85mm 1.2L II

Haydn Gwynne just before her first appearance as Desiree Armfeldt. Canon 5D III, Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART. 

Or getting into their wigs, costumes, and makeup:

Aimee Doherty having her wig adjusted backstage. (Canon 5DIII, 85mm f/1.2L II)

I've been in my share of shows, so I'm no stranger to what goes on behind the scenes, but it was still a remarkable privilege to be a part of these artists' world- to watch them as they navigated the journey of their performance for perhaps the 40th time. 

Pablo Torres (Henrik Egerman), Stephen Bogardus (Fredrik Egerman) and Lauren Molina (Countess Charlotte Malcom) line up to enter the dinner scene in act II. (Canon 5DIII, 24mm f/1.4L)

Everyone involved was incredible friendly, gracious, and gave top-notch performances. I had seen the show from a regular audience seat a few weeks prior, and it was just as good from the sides or below as it had been from the front. 

Pablo Torres as Henrik Egerman in "A Little Night Music" (Canon 5D III, 85mm f/1.2L II)

Mike McGowan (Count Carl-Magnus Malcom) and Lauren Molina (Countess Charlotte Malcom) dance in the opening number of  "A Little Night Music." (Canon 5DIII, 85mm f/1.2L II)

I can't thank the folks at The Huntington Theatre enough for getting to take these photos. I am so happy with how so many of them came out, and I'm glad the theatre and artists involved will get them as an archive of the experience for years to come. "A Little Night Music" closed on Sunday, but there is still so much wonderful theatre going on- The Huntington opens "Choice" by Winnie Holzman tomorrow, and be sure to check out the first ever stage adaptation of " A Confederacy of Dunces," written by Jeffery Hatcher and starring Nick Offerman, which opens November 11th. 

Again, what a pleasure it was to photograph these amazing theatre artists from before they step on stage:

Haydn Gwinne backstage as Desiree Armfeldt (5D III, 24mm 1.4L II)

To just after their final bows: 

Lauren Molina and Mike McGowan revel in the end of their performance of "A Little Night Music." Canon 5D III, Sigma 50mm 1.4 ART