Warning: This blog of cringe-worthy theater production photo cheese may be habit-forming. Mission statement here:
Why-oh-why do I love an amateur publicity shot from an undergrad production, or a regional theatre, or a high school play?
It's got to be in the faces. Everyone's pushing sincerity real hard--you have to be, 110%--everyone's hitting a peak while standing frozen in hyper "stagey" ways to fit in frame, forced into melodrama, posing in ways never seen in the show. It's nothing like the smooth passive glossy movie stills we know. This type of photograph stands proudly alone, in a noble ageless tradition of pure Theatricality.
I've been in a few of these and when you're there in that hyper-character pose, confronting other characters, right-in-their-faces, holding, holding, waiting for the camera click, emoting just as hard as your little actor-heart can emote...You're clickin so real you're givin off Drama Radiation.