Erol A. , Oct 17, 2000; 12:32 a.m.
Sounds like a great opportunity~ I've been photographing for my university theatre for the past two years and the most immediate concern of mine is your location relative to the stage- do you know how far you'll be and your angle? Lighting is anyone's guess- most shows are fairly dim but now and again there's an exception. Shooting with just a monopod may prove difficult, but should certainly be do-able. I've shot film as low as 320 for performance but I'd recommend Fuji NHGII at 640. Spot meter off of faces and compensate from there as you see fit, and you should be in pretty good shape. Avoid using the flash as much as possible for stage shots; the lighting is so important in theatre and your lab can correct for some of the tungsten cast if you shoot negative film. If black and white is your aim, I love Delta3200 at 1600 developed in Xtol 1:1. Give a few details on what your priorities will be when shooting and I'd be happy to share any more relevant experience I've got. Good luck, I must say as one who loves theatre and architecture (and I imagine this theatre must be amazing) I'm quite envious~