For many years GISPA (Gulf Islands School of Performing Arts) was one of my business causes. I did my photographic best to match the drive, talent and positive attitude of these amazing young people.
One of the ways I could help was to create a set of photographs of the students. And then create professional prints for display the ArtSpring Lobby during the yearly GISPA.
Each year, the 30 students received both the print and access to the final digital image.
This GISPA show, Under the Rainbow, was based in part on The Wizard of OZ and on the life of Judy Garland who starred in that 1939 show when she was 17. (pretty much the average age of these GISPA students) We gave the print images a look of both ‘aged’ and moder.
This GISPA promotional text tells about the show and how it was created:
“The Gulf Islands School of Performing Arts (GISPA) proudly presents Under the Rainbow. Inspired by the classic stories known to many as The Wizard of Oz and influenced by the turmoil of Judy Garland’s life, Under the Rainbow upholds GISPA’s signature fusion of music, dance, and theatre. Featuring unique choreography, composition and ensemble acting, Under the Rainbow is not to be missed.
As Dorothy Gale is swept up in a cyclone, forced away from home, sent down the yellow brick road, introduced to life changing companions, pulled into dark woods, and then eventually finds the Emerald City, Judy Garland experiences a similar story. Swept up in the cyclone of showbiz, forced away from home, sent down a winding road of self discovery, introduced to life changing peers, pulled into dark times, Judy eventually finds herself in the facade known to many as fame.
These talented GISPA students have collectively created, composed, choreographed and developed Under the Rainbow under the direction of Bruce Smith (music), Sonia Langer (dance) and Jason Donaldson (theatre). Join us as we tell a story of fame, friendship, accomplishment, manipulation and a lost childhood that one can never reclaim.”