Below are portraits of the Gulf Islands School of Performing Arts (GISPA) students who are performing in their adaptation of Pinocchio. The portraits were done in the school’s drama classroom*. Prints were on display in the ArtSpring Theatre lobby during the performances.
The show runs three nights, April 19 to 21. Tickets are available at ArtSpring. Since the GISPA annual year end shows sell out, it’s a good idea to get your tickets in advance.
Here’s the press release:
The Gulf Islands School of Performing Arts (GISPA) proudly presents Pinocchio. Adapted from Carlo Collodi’s story of the same name, Pinocchio upholds GISPA’s signature fusion of music, dance, and theatre with a truthful telling of the once very ‘disneyfied’ tale. Featuring unique choreography, composition and ensemble acting — Pinocchio is not to be missed.
The talented GISPA students have collectively created, composed, choreographed and developed Pinocchio under the direction of Bruce Smith (music), Sonia Langer (dance) and Jason Donaldson (theatre). Join Pinocchio as he travels through forest and sea, meeting hilariously absurd characters and feathered friends, and reminds everyone how easy it is to get caught in your own strings.
* Jason Donaldson kindly moved out of his classroom for two days so I could move my studio in. It was a hectic, but totally enjoyable two days thanks to the volunteer organizer (thanks Catelyn!) and to the energy and preparation of the GISPA students. I donated the photography, processing time, prints and lobby display. Students also have screen and print resolution digital copies of their portrait.
I applaud—as always—the dedication of the three intrepid instructors: Sonia, Bruce and Jason. And I’m proud to do what I can to help support this outstanding educational program, and this particular group of awesome ‘kids’. –John Cameron
GISPA is at it again. In their eleventh year-end, original performance, the group sets a black and white stage and a magical 1980’s night circus. While capturing a portrait of thirty-two performers—each in ten minutes—is surely challenging, the task pales when compared to the magic that these kids create on stage. Thanks to Stephanie for assisting with the shoot at GISS and Caitlyn for rounding up the performers!
Here’s the news release:
The Gulf Islands School of Performing Arts (GISPA) proudly presents The Night Circus. Adapted from Erin Morgenstern’s novel of the same name, The Night Circus upholds GISPA’s signature fusion of music, dance, and theatre with a dangerous, magical adventure uniquely interpreted by student artists. Featuring energetic choreography, composition and ensemble acting, The Night Circus is not to be missed.
Against a backdrop of a circus that only opens at night, two young people struggle against the confines of a forced, enigmatic competition, as the boy attempts to find his purpose through what they have built together.
These talented GISPA students have collectively created, composed, and choreographed The Night Circus under the direction of Bruce Smith (music), Sonia Langer (dance) and Jason Donaldson (theatre). Come along and experience this spellbinding tale of love, loss, and destiny.
The images have been printed for temporary display at ArtSpring June 10 and 11th during the show. The 8 x 12 inch prints (with the performers’ names) will then be trimmed to 8×10 for each of the performers to use.
note: GISPA and the performing arts at Gulf Islands Secondary is my sole business cause. Each year I donate approximately 10% of gross sales (service, materials and funds) to the programs.