No, I’m not sad, quite the opposite actually! I am very excited to share these next few posts with you! First, a little bit of back story. A couple of months ago, I started the multimedia storytelling modules at CDIA. We were told we had two deliverables. The first was an 8-10 photo essay telling a story about an interesting subject, and the second was to create a 5 minute multimedia piece on that same subject (if you want to skip ahead to the video, click here).
My first thought was “I’m so not into doing a multimedia project, I am a wedding photographer”, very quickly followed by “who the heck do I know that will want to do this?” After racking my brain for a while and coming up with nothing, I took a break and went to editing some images from a recent trip to Vegas, and came across this image (which is NOT of any real people – these are wax figures of the original Blue Men):
I stopped and looked for a minute, and thought about how Blue Man Group would definitely make for an interesting piece. For those of you who have known me for a while, you know that I really enjoy the show and have seen it more than my fair share of times! I’ve always related to the curiosity of the character of the Blue Man, and the quirky ideas that they come up with throughout the performance.
I decided to reach out to their public relations contact, and I am so lucky that Laura is one of the nicest people around. After meeting with me, she was on board, and had the project approved! Laura connected me with the team in Boston, and I owe every person I worked with a huge thank you for the trust I was given throughout the process.
Blue Man Group in Boston is over at the Charles Playhouse on Warrenton Street. If you haven’t made it over to see the show, you should! And if you have, you should! It may be a little harder to find than some of the other theaters in this area of town, but as you get close, you’ll know you’re on the right track as you’ll see more remnants of blue paint along the buildings.
Meet Jason McLin, a Blue Man since 2002, and overall cool guy. I had to make him sit for a few shots, since to be a Blue Man, you’ve got to be at least 5’10”, and I am very much not! Jason was more than generous with his time, and had all kinds of great information about the show, but that will come later, so stay tuned! While Jason got into character, Lisa Hackman, Boston’s Production Stage Manager, gave me a full tour of the theater, and everything that goes into making the show happen. One thing is for sure, there is blue paint everywhere! Jason’s first comment to me when I arrived was how brave I was for wearing a white sweater. I’m happy to report I only ended up with one teensy spot of paint by the end of the day!
While most of the crew hadn’t arrived for that evening’s show while I meandered around with Lisa, its pretty obvious this is a tight knit group that enjoys being around each other, and loves what they do. I kept finding myself giggling at things I would find, like this Polaroid on a Blue Man’s locker, or a sign making sure to note that the theater is a “velociraptor free workplace.”
The Blue Men don’t see getting into character as simple as putting on a costume. As Jason put it, it is a process of taking off the mask that society has told you that you should have, and allowing yourself to be completely open, patient, and curious. I do have to admit, it was a little bit bizarre to walk out of the dressing room where Jason was, and to walk back in to see no trace of the actor I was talking to just a bit earlier, but it was quite the transformation! Later on I did have the opportunity to work with three Blue Men together. They don’t have any fun, as you can tell… Up next, these three put on a great show, so check that out here!
Click here for part II of my visit with Blue Man!
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