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Charles Kreische

November 16, 2017

So far I’ve photographed six awesome singers playing “Alfred” through the years, but I noticed that there was only one “Herbert” as far as I know of my customers careers!  So I was very happy that I had the honor to also meet and portray the reigning “Herbert” of this years production of “Tanz der Vampire”  – Charles Kreische, a handsome, very young singer/actor who has just finished his training at the Joop van den Ende Academy in Hamburg.

I got to know him as a very polite, kind person, so it was easy to get along really well. Although this has been his first personal photoshoot, he did a very good job and I enjoyed that afternoon very much.

I absolutely have to watch the show when there’s finally some time left, as I am curious now to see him on stage too! If you want to know more about Charlie, please also visit his facebook-page, where you can even watch a video of his transformation to a beautiful blonde vampire.

As it was getting colder and colder outside I simply took my studio-equippment with me to the Ronacher, although I also shot many photos there with natural light only. We thankfully got permission to use this awesome building as a shooting location, because we both love those gray structured concrete walls, and even took some pictures outside at the roof-terrace.

Shooting on location is also much more interesting for me as a photographer than working in a studio – finding solutions for different light situations, exploring the city or using structured or painted walls in flats or houses is so much more fun!

And here are more of my favorite pictures of that day – enjoy! 🙂

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Musicalfest 2016

September 24, 2016

I decided to make a short blogpost for all the people who could not be at the Raimundtheater in Vienna today, and also for those who want to look at some pictures of today’s “MUSICALFEST”. 😉


Like in previous years there has been a built a big stage on the street right next to the Raimundtheater and the show programme was shown three times. This year’s singers were Ana Milva Gomes, Marjan Shaki, Drew Sarich and Oedo Kuipers.

The Songs:
“Einladung zum Ball” (Tanz der Vampire) – Drew Sarich,  “Wenn ich tanzen will” (Elisabeth) – Ana and Oedo, “Gold von den Sternen” (Mozart) – Ana, “Wie wird man seinen Schatten los” (Mozart) – Oedo, “High flying adored” (Evita) – Marjan and Drew, “Don’t cry for me, Argentinia” (Evita) – Marjan.


Of course there was also a lot to see inside the theatre – three songs of the new musical “Schikaneder” have been performed by the original cast – Premiere will be next Friday, Sept. 30th at the Raimundtheater. Tickets are available here. As I’m going to watch the full show next week, I decided I’d better wait until then. 😉

If you want to look at more photos or have some prints, please go to my website => shop – there you can find more. And here’s also the usual slide show of some of the available photos!

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“EVITA” – Press conference

December 7, 2015


“EVITA” – Press conference

The next big musical at the Ronacher will be Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “EVITA” (Premiere: March 9th, 2016), so I went to the theatre last Wednesday for taking some photos at the press conference. The names of the three main characters have been published before already, so no big surprise (but still a pleasure!) that Drew Sarich, Thomas Borchert and Katharine Mehrling were there.


Christian Struppeck introduced and interviewed them, as well as musical director Koen Schoots. They all had to say interesting things about their leading parts, Andrew Lloyd Webber and about Vienna.




Director and Choreographer Vincent Paterson, who also directed the movie with Madonna, sent a video which we all watched together:


After the interviews some group photos were taken and more, more and more interviews were given. Fortunately I caught Drew between two interviews to get at least two photos of him alone, so here’s the one I really like a lot:


Thomas was very busy as well, nevertheless I got two more photos of him too, though I like this one better – very serious, but also works with his military character in the upcoming show.


Unfortunately it wasn’t possible for me to wait any longer for “Evita” Katharine Mehrling, as she has been kidnapped by some other photographers and not been brought back during the time I could spend there… well,  probably there will be more possibilities for photos at the press rehearsal, in case I can be there – I’m already looking forward! 🙂 And I’m also looking forward to see on stage again: Nina Weiß, Ariane Swoboda, Susanne ten Harmsen and Ronnie Wagner – which I already photographed (months/years ago); and also Jeannine Wacker, who played in one of my favorite shows: “Spring Awakening”. Another show I miss a lot and hope it will return one day… But first have a look at the slideshow below! 😉

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“Der Besuch der alten Dame”, Cast presentation

December 8, 2013


Sorry it took so long, but finally here are some more photos than those I already posted on my facebook-page directly after the  cast presentation!

Christian Struppeck introduced the cast of the musical “Der Besuch der alten Dame”, premiere will be on February 17th, 2014 at the Ronacher. If you still need to get some Christmas presents – buy tickets HERE. 😉


Christian Struppeck, Uwe Kröger


Christian Struppeck, Pia Douwes


Jeroen Phaff, Christian Struppeck, Dean Welterlen, Peter Kratochvil


Lisa Habermann, Christian Struppeck, Riccardo Greco


Marianne Curn, Christian Struppeck, Niklas Abel

Then Pia Douwes and Uwe Kröger – they are playing the main characters in this musical – presented three songs: Two solo songs and one duet (don’t ask me for the names, too much time has passed since then already…! Sorry.)




I’m especially looking forward to the stage design in this show, as Peter Davison is working again for the VBW – I absolutely loved his work for “Rebecca”, the most gorgeous stage design I’ve seen so far.

After the presentation we could take some group-photos and interviews were given, as usual.


As you’ve probably heard everything about the cast of the show everywhere else in between anyway, I just post my pictures here. 😉 Enjoy!

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“Natürlich blond” (= Legally Blonde), part II

February 13, 2013

IMG_4851Barbara Obermeier

Part II? Because there has also been a blogpost about the Cast Presentation, if you want to read about it, please click here. 😉

Although I absolutely don’t have time right now (BUT I’m offering some portrait shoot-dates in March!!! Please go to my website for more information, dates can be found in the booking calendar), I decided to follow the invitation and have a look at the new production of the “Vereinigte Bühnen Wien” at the Ronacher: “Natürlich blond”.

A4395Sissi Gruber, Christian Struppeck

The previews have become even more entertaining now since Sissi Gruber (and Christian Struppeck) are giving additional information about the show. What we have learnt today:  Studying in Harvard costs 30.000 Dollars per year. That the dogs have their own room backstage (and they are defending it!!!) at the Ronacher, that “Brutus” is a female dog (in this case), and that the dogs don’t care about the language (even though they have worked in London before) but more about the music and how the actors behave. And that the Ensemble/dog-“cuddling hour” each day during rehearsals was very popular, more than enjoying an hour of exhausting jump-rope-training which was scheduled for the same time for the other one of two groups. 🙂
Understandable – in case you like dogs.

Those who already know the show and are wondering how the song “Gay and European” is called now – it’s “Schwul und französisch”. 😉

IMG_4139Alexander Goebel & Ensemble

The Cast presented four songs: “Was du willst”, “Blut in den Kiemen”, “So viel besser” and “Natürlich Blond Remix”. Actually I have to say that I liked “So viel besser”.

IMG_4066Barbara Obermeier & Ensemble

The show seems to be fast-paced, a lot of dancing, which could be a good thing for me as the music is not the best I’ve ever heard, but it doesn’t seem to be so important if someone (like me) is distracted enough by the fast movements, the colours, the costumes, the light, and the stage design (which I liked a lot, btw). There’s always a lot going on, at least in those four songs that were presented today. Of course the ensemble is doing an awesome job, still I can’t really say much about someone in particular as I’m focussing on catching scenes I haven’t seen before (or for the first time some minutes ago), finding out what’s going on (and where exactly the focus should be on), where’s the best light, finding the right exposure VERY fast due to changing light and moving dancers. So you will have to watch the show and form an opinion about “Natürlich Blond” yourself. Oh, and it was such a pleasure to see Jurriaan Bles on stage again too! Long time since “Joseph”! 🙂 I love to watch people enjoying their job that much! If you want to have detailed information about the cast, please have a look at my theaterarchiv-blog. 

IMG_4102 Barbara Obermeier & Ensemble
IMG_4476Daniel Rakasz, Ana Milva Gomes & Ensemble

IMG_4630Daniel Rakasz, Ana Milva Gomes & Ensemble

After the four songs (including a funny Irish Dance-scene with a very muscular “UPS-Guy” and Ana Milva Gomes with awesome hair, btw 🙂 ) have been presented, we were taking group photos in different combinations, and interviews were given.

IMG_4928Ana Milva Gomes
IMG_4932Barbara Obermeier

At that time I also could to talk a bit to Linda Geider, as my first Legally-Blonde-blogpost was a lot about her. 😉 Still a funny, very likable person! 🙂 Why she needs a wig, if her natural hair looks the same? The surprising answer: Because it’s faster when everything has to be changed during the show. Probably the same reason why Barbara Obermeier needs to wear a wig although her hair has been dyed to blonde before…

IMG_4836Barbara Obermeier & Linda Geider
IMG_4865Linda Geider
IMG_4716Main Characters of “Natürlich Blond”:
Sanne Mieloo, Linda Geider, Hendrik Schall, Jörg Neubauer, Barbara Obermeier, Ana Milva Gomes, Alexander Goebel

Unexpectedly I also got the chance to exchange a few words with Fritz Schmid (a “Blondin”, as we also have learnt today, a word formerly used for blonde men) who was a successful singer/actor and extended his job/changed to working as the evening director at the Ronacher. I’m always curious how people who (probably) loved their jobs are dealing with changing to another profession, as I’m also studying now to become a pharmacist. I wish I had asked that too. It must be much harder to be close to a job you’ve liked a lot before, than being completely away like I am planning to.

Well, enough of the talking, here are some pictures! If you want to watch “Natürlich blond” – premiere is on February 21st, 2013, you can get your tickets here.

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Legally Blonde Cast Presentation

November 15, 2012

November 15th, 2012, “Legally Blonde” Cast Presentation.

Actually, I don’t really like the music I’ve heard of this show so far, nevertheless I wanted to know  who’s playing and take some new pictures although I don’t have lots of time at the moment. Still I have to say it was quite nice! First of all because actor Christopher Ryan was there too (of course 😉 ). As I’ve photographed him last year and he’s a really nice guy, we talked for a while. Lisa Antoni, a singer I like a lot, was also there, as well as Mark Seibert, I think I saw Sonja Atlas on the balcony and Christian Peter Hauser in the distance, but I’m not sure about those two. Of course Barbara Obermeier’s agent, Doris Fuhrmann was there and also Michael Staringer from Diabelli Management.

Christian Struppeck introduced the Cast with short interviews, at least the main characters, after the two songs he also told us the names of some of the dancers, unfortunately the names are not on the papers we got.

By the way – some time ago I started to build a new Website, or rather blog, called “theaterarchiv” where you can find information about shows, and in extension also pages of actors/singers/dancers, but my focus is on the shows. I think I “already” typed in about 35 shows – not a lot, but still a beginning. The beginning of a… well…project of a century?! I already posted the link on my facebook-page a while ago, HERE’s the direct way to “Legally Blonde” if you want detailled information about the roles, but here’s a short list of the names: Barbara Obermeier, Jörg Neubauer, Ana Milva Gomes, Hendrik Schall, Linda Geider, Sanne Mieloo, Daniel Rakasz, Birgit Wanka, Sidonie Smith, Anja Haeseli, Anna Carina Buchegger, Anouk Roolker, Gabriela Ryffel

Ok, back to the cast presentation. Today’s star was definitely Linda Geider for me. I knew her name and face, but never met her or heard her sing. Her interview was quite funny, as Christian Struppeck asked Linda if she has already practiced a lot to jump rope, as this is part of her role as fitness queen, her answer was very funny or perhaps kind of desperate (?!) that she HAS to. 🙂 Ok, it was funnier to listen to the conversation, but Linda seems to be a very funny person in general, I also noticed this later when the TV-interviews started on the stage. Always joking, laughing, smiling – very likable. Another funny thing during the interview was the presentation of THE ROPE. Yes. 🙂 A very special one, which makes enough noise on the stage, and must hurt a lot if you hit your legs with it, as it is made out of smaller (plastic?)pieces. Linda presented it in a way usually stewardesses inform about safety instructions, matching Christian Struppeck’s description.  But what made her a star today? Jumping rope with high heels – respect! As I can’t even walk with shoes like these I always admire dancers who can jump and dance and run with those shoes, but the show today during Linda’s interview topped all I’ve seen so far. 🙂

After the presentation the cast showed us two songs with choreography: “Oh my god” (“Oh mein Gott”) und “So much better” (“Soviel besser”) – thanks, Anna for this additional information! Of course also the rest of the cast did a very good job, especially after only one day (?) of rehearsal. The actor on this picture (Elle’s boyfriend) is a walk in cover: Jörn Felix Alt (thanks Elisabeth for this information!) and of course Barbara Obermeier as “Elle”. Later then we could take a group photo of the cast and then TV/radio interviews started on the stage, where I also took some photos of the actors.

Here’s the slideshow – enjoy! 😉

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Press preview “Elisabeth” – Raimundtheater

September 25, 2012

Sorry it took a while, but finally here’s what I’ve written on the day of the press preview, including the pictures (I didn’t have time to edit them until now – a few of them are on my facebook-page, but in this blogpost you’ll find many more).

On August 31st 2012 four songs have been presented by the new Cast of the musical “Elisabeth”: “Sie passt nicht”, “Der letzte Tanz”, “Ich gehör’ nur mir”, “Milch”. It was a pleasure to see at least parts of one of my favorite musicals again! Though I had hoped for “Die Schatten werden länger” to finally hear Anton Zetterholm (he is playing “Rudolf”) sing again, as I really liked his voice in the Castingshow for the musical “Tarzan” I was actually watching because of Ina Trabesinger, as I’ve taken photos of her a few years ago (you can still find them on her website).

Back to “Elisabeth”: The staging/choreography seems to be the same, but as I’m only seeing part of what’s happening through my camera – the part on which I’m focussing – I can not guarantee this. 😉 But I THINK it’s the same, as well as the stage design, of course adapted to the Raimundtheater, as “Elisabeth” has been played at the Theater an der Wien before.

The costume design is very different to the shows at the Theater an der Wien 1992 and also 2003. Actually I liked the idea of the old costumes with that creeping pattern on every garment, dull colors – all a connection to death and decadence. That’s different now: The dresses are very colorful and bright, the style has been adapted too.

“Der Tod” is not wearing 90’s-Cowboy-boots, but chunky black boots and black leather clothes, the stone is missing and would probably be out of place anyway. The outfit is much more masculine, and what I especially noticed was the lack of make-up.

Although the outfit is really cool itself, I’m not sure if I like this main change in the character, because all the androgyny is lost now. Usually, when “Tod” appeared on stage, it was like magic, he was like a being from another world, now with losing all the make up and the masculine outfit “Tod” is still beautiful, but too humanized, the costume is too ordinary.  Of course the main story is the love between “Tod” and “Elisabeth”, but in my opinion death is not either male or female, especially as there is also a connection between “Tod” and “Kronprinz Rudolf” who is committing suicide. But I will have to watch the show completely (not only four scenes) to see if that change is working out anyway. “Totentänzer” are wearing black wigs now instead of blond ones – and they reminded me a lot of vampires!

After those four scenes we went upstairs and got ready to take pictures of the cast, some group shots and different combinations of the actors: Mark Seibert, Annemieke van Dam, Kurosch Abbasi, Franziskus Hartenstein, Anton Zetterholm, Daniela Ziegler, Carin Filipčić, Christian Hauser.

After those pictures were taken, interviews had to be given, and in between them I could get some extra portraits. 🙂

That’s the fun part, while the group shots are always kind of stressful, but I’m very happy that I got the chance to be there!

And here’s the slideshow – enjoy!

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