After a busy Maskerade week, I needed some time away to clear my head, so I decided to spend a few days in Heidelberg. A number of people had told me how beautiful the city was, but I’d never actually been there myself.
View from the castle
On my first day, it was pretty gray and cold. At some point it started to rain a little and I almost turned back to the hotel.
I’m glad, though, I didn’t, because while I climbed the 300+ stairs to the castle, the sun came out, and I was able to enjoy a wonderful view over the old city.
Philosopher’s Walk (“Philosophenweg”)
On my second day, I went to the other side of the Neckar to hike on the Philosopher’s Walk, a path just opposite the old town. While you feel like being in nature, the city is never really that far away. I actually came across a lot of joggers taking advantage of this.
I went in mid-morning when the sun is just opposite the Philosopher’s Walk behind the city. Hence, it was nice and warm, but the city was back-lit, making for some not so great pictures.
This week, is Maskerade week and I just have to give it a shout-out here.
Maskerade is a bi-annual festival for school drama-groups, three weeks before Easter. It’s the single biggest item in the event calendar at my high school (pictured below).
It’s run by a core team of ten or so people (including myself) who are supported by many more from the entire school community (teachers, parents and both current and former students).
My school is very lucky to have semi-professional sound and lighting equipment, so we can provide excellent conditions for the other groups. It’s a lot of work, but it is so rewarding to see our stage transform into a completely different setting for each performance and see how the other groups utilize the space.
Moments in pictures
The Maskerade banner. Unfortunately, because of the dark-green color scheme, it’s a bit hard to see for passers-by. Something to consider for Maskerade 2017.
Setting up the decorations on opening day (note: while I helped hanging them, I had no involvement in choosing the colors of the balloons).
Opening ceremony with Düsseldorf’s mayor Thomas Geisel.
The stage on Saturday morning, waiting to be set up for the first of five plays this weekend.
And a few hours later, looking completely different.
There are pictures from each of the performances on the Maskerade website and its Facebook page, e.g. from our performance of Wie Fliegen on Wednesday. It’s a great play that I really loved creating the lighting design for.