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Chroma-Q Color Force Brightens Ambitious Michigan High School Theater Production

Chroma-Q Color Force Brightens Ambitious Michigan High School Theater Production
Chroma-Q Color Force Brightens Ambitious Michigan High School Theater Production

USA – Chroma-Q Color Force 12 multi-purpose LED fixtures were recently specified by lighting sales and production company, E2i Design for an ambitious show at Michigan’s Brighton High School.

The school’s Musical Theater troupe was the first in the state to perform the spectacular Tony Award-winning new musical, Nice Work If You Can Get It.

E2i Design’s Josh Holowicki passionately supports the school’s theatre in a number of ways – as vice chairman of the board of directors, as volunteer technical director and scenic designer, and as producer. As the technical director, he’s responsible for all audio, video and lighting.

“We recently redesigned the entire lighting system in the theatre, investing in 36 Color Force 12 units for the house rig,” says Josh. “We use them for cyc lighting as well as general stage washes, and without a doubt they are a spectacular fixture.”

The Color Force 12 provides power across the spectrum, from deep cold blues to red hot lava looks all from a single fixture. At only 335mm/1ft long, the unit is ideal for floor, wall or truss mounting. It also provides a massive output of 2,400 lumens, easily washing up to 8m/26ft with smooth, theatrical grade dimming.

For Nice Work…, which is set in 1920s' prohibition America, Josh designed a classic lighting look to capture the feel of the period, rigging a selection of the Color Force 12s just off the floor to accent the large dance routines with around 40 cast members on stage at once.

He also positioned more Color Force 12s as foot lighting, rigged on the stage floor just behind the orchestra pit.

“In the footlights, I installed the Cyc lens for the fixture to give me beautiful, even lighting,” Josh explains. “Lastly, I wanted to create the intimate speakeasy feel for the audience, so we hung more Color Force 12s over the house to add colour.”

In addition to the house rig fixtures, Josh also specified a further 12 units for other school activities.

“I was so very happy with the way all of my designs came to life and I simply could not have accomplished the goal without the Color Force 12s,” adds Josh. “One of the best features of this fixture is definitely the quality of the colour mixing. It's also very even, with no hot spots, which makes it easy to use in a variety of applications. The beam spread is also very good, and the addition of the Cyc lens option really allows for use where space is limited.”

“Our theatre is a very special place,” Josh concludes. “I enjoy my volunteer work there because it's a great creative outlet for me and it's important to expose students to professionals in the performance world who can teach them skills they cannot learn in the classroom. Even if they have no desire to go into performing arts or education, they are learning great lessons about teamwork and how to accomplish great things that could not be accomplished were it not for a fantastic and energetic team.”

The production was directed by Michelle Holowicki and Phil Johnson, and alongside Josh the creative team included Eric Guerin and Jennifer Yanchula.

The Color Force 12 fixtures were purchased by E2i Design from Chroma-Q North American distributor, A.C. Lighting Inc.

14th July 2015

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