Photos: Goucher Opera Workshop performs ‘The Mikado.’

"Students from Goucher College's Opera Workshop class perform a scene from 'The Mikado' Wednesday, November 30, 2011 in Merrick Hall."

"Nora Roxie Dennehy performs as 'Yum-Yum' during a Goucher College Opera Workshop performance of 'The Mikado' Wednesday, November 30, 2011 in Merrick Hall."

"Kirsten Seibert performs as 'Katisha' during a Goucher College Opera Workshop performance of 'The Mikado' Wednesday, November 30, 2011 in Merrick Hall."

"Michael Garman and Jonathan Fredrickson perform as 'Ko-Ko' and 'Pooh-Bah' during a Goucher College Opera Workshop performance of 'The Mikado' Wednesday, November 30, 2011 in Merrick Hall."

"Students from Goucher College's Opera Workshop class perform a scene from 'The Mikado' Wednesday, November 30, 2011 in Merrick Hall."

I shot the Goucher College Opera Workshop’s performance of “The Mikado” or “The Town Of Titipu” last night. Throughout my years at Goucher, I photographed plenty of these performances, but this was the first that I’ve shot since graduating. 

It was nice to be back, and as I watched and made pictures, I kept thinking about those four years. Had I been shooting this last year, I would have gone straight to the library or the newspaper office after it was over for a late night/early morning full of work. It’s quite a difference a year makes.

This production was full of opportunities for great pictures. I haven’t shot anything that was this visually exciting in awhile, so this was a nice jolt of energy that my shooting has needed of late. 

For current Goucher Students in the thick of the end of semester work, I strongly suggest you take a two hour study break tonight and go watch ‘The Mikado.’ I trust you’ll leave feeling refreshed and energized. 

Photo: Oren, Adelson family attends Birthright Israel event at Washington’s Newseum.

"Michael Oren (center), Israeli Ambassador to the United States, poses with philanthropists Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson during a Birthright Israel event at the Newseum in Washington, DC Tuesday, November 29, 2011."

Any time I get to cover an event related to Birthright Israel, I’m overjoyed. My experience in Israel was like none other in my life, so I jump at any opportunity that I know will bring me back to that trip. 

This was the latest of that type, a fundraising event at the Newseum in Washington, DC. (The Newseum, home to an exhibit full of Pulitzer Prize winning photographs, is of course, my favorite museum out there).

This was a wonderful event, and, as a Birthright alum who had an incredible ten days in Israel at zero cost, it was interesting to witness what actually goes into making that gift possible for myself and thousands of others around the world. 

I was in great company, as well. Here’s a photo of the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson, who have donated over $100 million to Birthright Israel since 2007, posing with Michael Oren, the Israeli Ambassador to the United States.

It will certainly be a nice addition to the Philanthropy and Foreign Policy portfolios.