Missing Photographing the Freddy Awards

The year without the Freddys

The year is 2020 – the year without the Freddy Awards. Or sort of. Because of the CoronaVirus quarantine, many schools were not able to perform their high school musicals.That would make it unfair to compare them to one another.

Photos of the opening performance at the 2015 Freddy Awards. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

But that doesn’t mean I can’t go back into my archives to relive some of the great moments I’ve experienced since I’ve been photographing them since 2013.

Photos of award presentation at the 2015 Freddy Awards. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

There’s so much to love about the Freddy Awards. The excitement of being in the audience during the live awards is indescribable. The love of theatre and energy in the air is unmeasurable.

Photos of Bangor High School performing “Hairspray” at the 2015 Freddy Awards. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

I always love action photos and there are plenty to choose from

Photos of the “Peep” having extra stage time and attention than what was planned at the 2015 Freddy Awards. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

There’s the special unexpected moments….

Photos of Freddy Awards rehearsal on Saturday May 21, 2016. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

And the special guests

Photos of the 2017 Freddy Award rehearsal on Sunday May 21, 2017. Photo By DAVE DABOUR

The awards show make it all look easy but there are days and hours of rehearsals…

Photos of Freddy Awards rehearsal on Saturday May 21, 2016. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

And the special moments the kids really enjoy!

Photos of the May 21 rehearsal for the 2018 Freddy Awards. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

Did I mention the fantastic lighting? Yep we got that too.

Photos of the 2017 Freddy Award rehearsal on Sunday May 21, 2017. Photo By DAVE DABOUR

There’s alumni that come back on a regular basis and visit the show

Photos of the 2017 Freddy Award rehearsal on Sunday May 21, 2017. Photo By DAVE DABOUR

And so many kids, happy to be there. How they all fit on the stage at once is a miracle at times

Photos of the Freddy Awards 2014 dress rehearsal on Wednesday. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

Put it all together and you have some fantastic moments captured for a lifetime of enjoyment.

I have all of my Freddy Awards photography on my website for viewing and purchase at https://www.dabourphotography.com/Freddy-Awards from 2013 to last year. Sadly there will be no photos from this year. Keep your fingers crossed and prayers for next year.

I invite you to tune into WFMZ tonight at 7 pm to relive memories of past Freddy Awards and scholarship presentations. The broadcast will also be streamed online at http://www.wfmz.com

Here are some additional memories to enjoy. Many, many more on my website!

Freddy Awards 2019 Retrospective

Photos of the 2019 Freddy Awards on May 23, 2019. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

What we feared most has sadly come true. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, there will be no 2020 Freddy Awards. But wait – all is not lost. WFMZ and the wonderful State Theatre will be having a television special on Thursday, May 21 at 6:30 pm. Details are still being worked out on what will be in the special but I can’t wait!

My favorite photos from last year’s Freddy Awards are currently on display at the Easton Hospital Gallery inside the State Theatre. Of course, no one will be able to see them until we return a little more to the old normal and are able to re-open the theater. In the meantime, I wanted to share a slide show of my photos that are on display in the gallery.

If you see one you love they are for sale by the State Theater. Please contact them to find out how to purchase. Get in touch with me if you have any questions.

To see many, many more photographs I created at rehearsals, back stage as well as awards night please visit: https://www.dabourphotography.com/Freddy-Awards

Until next year, break a leg!

Freddy Awards 2018 Retrospective

With everything going on in the world right now, I wanted to share a little theater joy. I’m not quite sure what will be happening with the 2020 Freddy Awards, but I know a lot of school’s productions have been postponed until the quarantine is lifted. So I wanted to share some of my best photographs from the 2018 Freddy Awards. These were on display in the Easton Hospital Gallery in the State Theatre last year. I will post my 2019 Freddy Award photographs soon.

All of these, and MANY more can be seen and purchased on my website: https://www.dabourphotography.com/Freddy-Awards

Freddy Awards Promo

Glad to see my photos being used for publicity for this year's Freddy Awards!

Glad to see my photos being used for publicity for this year’s Freddy Awards!

Watch the 2016 Freddy Awards LIVE from the State Theatre Center for the Arts in Easton, Pa | Thursday, May 26th, 2016 at 7PM on WFMZ-TV and WFMZ.com #FreddyAwards http://wfmz.com/freddyawards [Photo courtesy DABOUR Photography] — at State Theatre Center for the Arts.

 

 

 

2015 Freddy Awards

As an official photographer for the 2015 Freddy Awards, I get asked a lot what are the Freddy Awards. The best way I can describe it is it’s the Tony Awards for High School theatre.

Thousands of photos are created each year when all the schools get together to rehearse and celebrate theatre together.

Below is a video slide show of some of my favorite images from 2015 Freddy Awards:

Gallery Opening April 8, 2016

Photo gallery opening at State Theatre of 2015 Freddy Award photos of Dave Dabour

Photo gallery opening at State Theatre of 2015 Freddy Award photos featuring Dave Dabour

A gallery featuring photographs from the 2015 Freddy Awards will be opening at the State Theatre for the Arts in Easton, PA on Friday April 8, 2016. This show will showcase Dave Dabour’s best photographs from the 2015 Freddy Awards. The gallery is open to the public and a show ticket is not required for entry. Metered street parking is available as well as a nearby parking garage that offers a courtesy shuttle to the theater.

Dave is an award winning photographer that has been photographing theatre for many years. The FREDDY© Awards program recognizes and rewards exceptional accomplishments in the production and performance of musical theatre in local high schools in eastern PA and western NJ. The 3-hour LIVE broadcast includes a stellar opening number, performances by nominated musicals, actors and actresses, and presentation of the FREDDY© Awards in 21 award categories. It is the only high school musical awards program in the nation that produces a live television show. The telecast has received numerous broadcast awards, including Mid-Atlantic EMMYs in 2005 & 2011. Dave and another photographer capture the event with photographs of the rehearsals for the show and the actual live performance.

The gallery will be open on show nights 90 minutes before a show starts from April 1th – July 9th 2016. Check the Theater’s web site www.statetheatre.org for show information or contact Dave at dave@dabourphotography.com or (908) 995-7273 for more information.

2014 Freddy Awards Photo Gallery Opens Tonight

Parkland HS performing at the 2014 Freddy Awards Ceremony

Parkland HS performing at the 2014 Freddy Awards Ceremony

Today’s the day! If you are in the area of the State Theatre this evening stop by between 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm.

Photo Gallery Opening – 2014 Freddy Awards

There will be an “Artists Reception” at the State Theatre for the Arts in Easton, PA on Saturday March 21st, 2015, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. This show will feature Dave Dabour’s photographs from the 2014 Freddy Awards. The gallery is open to the public and a show ticket is not required for entry. Metered street parking is available as well as a nearby parking garage that offers a courtesy shuttle to the theater.

The FREDDY© Awards program recognizes and rewards exceptional accomplishments in the production and performance of musical theatre in local high schools in eastern PA and western NJ. The 3-hour LIVE broadcast includes a stellar opening number, performances by nominated musicals, actors and actresses, and presentation of the FREDDY© Awards in 21 award categories. It is the only high school musical awards program in the nation that produces a live television show. The telecast has received numerous broadcast awards, including Mid-Atlantic EMMYs in 2005 & 2011. Dave and another photographer capture the event with photographs of the rehearsals for the show and the actual live performance.

Interested but can’t make March 21st? The gallery will also be open show nights 90 minutes before show start from March 20th – May 2nd 2015. Check the Theater’s web site www.statetheatre.org for show information or contact Dave at dave@dabourphotography.com or (908) 995-7273 for more information.

Press Release: Gallery Opening March 21st 2015

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There will be an “Artists Reception” at the State Theatre for the Arts in Easton, PA on Saturday March 21st, 2015, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. This show will feature Dave Dabour’s photographs from the 2014 Freddy Awards. The gallery is open to the public and a show ticket is not required for entry. Metered street parking is available as well as a nearby parking garage that offers a courtesy shuttle to the theater.

The FREDDY© Awards program recognizes and rewards exceptional accomplishments in the production and performance of musical theatre in local high schools in eastern PA and western NJ. The 3-hour LIVE broadcast includes a stellar opening number, performances by nominated musicals, actors and actresses, and presentation of the FREDDY© Awards in 21 award categories. It is the only high school musical awards program in the nation that produces a live television show. The telecast has received numerous broadcast awards, including Mid-Atlantic EMMYs in 2005 & 2011. Dave and another photographer capture the event with photographs of the rehearsals for the show and the actual live performance.

Interested but can’t make March 21st? The gallery will also be open show nights 90 minutes before show start from March 20th – May 2nd 2015. Check the Theater’s web sitewww.statetheatre.org for show information or contact Dave at dave@dabourphotography.com or (908) 995-7273 for more information.

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Freddy Award Season Starting!

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Frequent readers of my blog or visitors to my website know that I’m one of two official photographers for the Freddy Awards. It’s something I enjoy doing tremendously. It’s a lot of work at at times physically demanding but worth it at the end.

If you look in the upper right of this Facebook cover for the Freddy Awards you’ll see my photo credit.

Soon I’ll start the process of picking one or two dozen of my all time favorite photos for a gallery display at the State Theatre Annex in Easton, PA. Picking out so few photos among many great ones is like picking a favorite child when you have more than one. But it’s a process that allows you to grow and showcase your talents as well as the talents of those I capture with photography.

Here are more photos you may soon see in other promotions for the upcoming 2015 Freddy Awards!

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