Heres the background. In my non-existent free time, Im an assistant director for a play. We are putting on a benefit performance of The Vagina Monologues. All money going to local charities, we have no start up cash, everything is volunteer based. Our actresses are all from the community, some with no experience. Our show runs for only 2 nights, Feb 27 and 28. Ive asked some of our group coordinators to find a photographer willing to take pictures during the event, on which we will get stuff printed and framed as a thank you to the cast. They havent been able to find anyone willing to do it other than a friend with a point and shoot camera. Knowing the basics I know, I dont think thats enough for photography, without flash, in a theatre. So Ill see about taking pictures during our preview / media night, where my involvement is a bit less. Im looking for tips from people who have done this before. The theatre isnt huge, it sits approx 600 people. There is a balcony, not sure Ill have time to get up there. Best focal length to use? Are there are tips to using the stage lights to my advantage? I assume fast glass is a must. To the point where if I cant get my hands on something fast (say 70-200 f/2.8) I should not bother? Thanks for reading.