Friday, May 1, 2015

Friday Night Lights

Running lights on another opening night. BCS performs Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. 

Since we are reusing the same basic set from the previous show (with a fresh coat of paint and a few key modifications), we are using a very similar lighting package. As usual, we've rented a 12 channel dimmer pack from the helpful folks at Tipton Sound & Lighting. This gives us the ability to run all 18 lights and follow spots.

There are seven white spots front of stage, two cool floods on stage right, two warm floods on stage left, house lights and five special effect lights. As you can tell from the photo, it's a box stage tucked on the side of a gymnasium with limited technical resources. With limited light sources, finding an even balance of light with enough left over for special effects is always a challenge.

"And Then There Were None" Lighting Layout
One thing that has helped the light crew keep track of changes is a detailed Light Plot sheet. You can view/borrow my template from Google Drive. With two of us tracking light cues on iPads, it has been helpful to keep an online version current when changes are made by the director.

The show is a murder mystery and a dinner theater, but you can still come this weekend and purchase bleacher seats. Without giving away any spoilers, there are a couple special lighting effects, including a thunderstorm! See if you can figure out who the culprit is! Ticket information.