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Don Seabrook | Backstage

When it comes to photographing onstage performances, I find myself spending most of my time backstage instead of in the audience. In the last week, I’ve had four of these occasions.

When I cover these events, I’m looking for better angles, backstage moments and scenes that people watching the production don’t get to see. Lighting is also more interesting from the sides of the stage.


The opening number for the Apple Blossom Festival Royalty Selection Pageant was performed by dancers from Fabulous Feet Dance Studio.


Waiting in a dressing room for the judges to tabulate their votes, Tess Sparks, who would be chosen as queen, sits down in her gown.


Kelly Norland is announced as a 2020 princess at the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Royalty Selection Pageant, Feb. 8.

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The 2020 Apple Blossom Royal Court — from left, Princess Kaia St. John, Queen Tess Sparks and Princess Kelly Norland — is announced to the selection pageant crowd, Feb. 8.

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New Washington State Apple Blossom Queen Tess Sparks is crowned by last year's queen, Savannah Slife, at the end of the royalty selection pageant on Feb. 8.

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Seniors watch the movie "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" during the monthly Memories At The PAC program on Feb. 10. On the second Monday of the month, two showings of a classic movie are provided at the Numerica Performing Arts Center. 

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Maisy Thornberry, 8, and other students audition for parts in the play "Peter and Wendy."

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Missoula Children's Theater directors Steven Thomas, left, and Garrett Witzl hide their mouths while the decide which children will have which parts during auditions at Lincoln Elementary School.

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From left, Taya Driesen, 9, Guadalupe Borja, 9, and Daphnie Arriaga, 8, learn they will play the parts of pirates in the Missoula Children's Theater production of the musical "Peter and Wendy" at Lincoln Elementary School. 

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Kiera Aldrich, 15, leaves the stage at the Wenatchee High School auditorium after singing and playing "Memories" on her ukuleleon the first night of the Janice Franz Talent Show on Wednesday.

Photo Editor Don Seabrook: (509)661-5225

Photo Editor

I was born in Wenatchee, went to Eastmont High School, graduated from the University of Washington with a communications degree in journalism. I have a wife and three children.

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