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Intelligent Lighting Services Choose MDG for Legally Blonde – The Musical
China – Legally Blonde – The Musical opened in December to fabulous reviews in Shanghai’s most prestigious Culture Square Theatre at the start of its China National tour. From China it will move to Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands Grand Theatre in May, before returning to the USA in October 2018. Produced by Big League and directed by Jeff Moss, with choreography by Grinch veteran, Bob Richard, Legally Blonde the Musical is a sparkling celebration of pop culture with appeal for all the family.
Responsible for the smooth running of the technology on tour is the team from Intelligent Lighting Services Ltd (ILS), led by lighting engineer and company founder, Paul Gould. As part of the tour’s lighting inventory Gould’s team supplied two MDG ATMe haze generators to provide the perfect haze with which to show off Kirk Bookman’s fun and vibrant lighting design.
MDG’s ATMe haze generators are renowned for producing the finest haze with the longest hang time from a unit that has added DMX/RDM control and extremely quiet noise levels. The ATMe has the lowest fluid consumption on the market and a well-earned reputation for being rock-solid on tour.
The two ATMe units were purchased specifically for the Legally Blonde tour, but Gould admits: “They have been on our wish list for some time, so when this tour came about we knew it was time to make the investment.”
ILS’s choice was based on sound reasoning: “We have always been impressed with MDG’s haze quality particularly when we have lit shows at Niagara Falls View Casino, as well as at various arena shows,” says Gould. “The evenness of the haze is second to none in my opinion.
“With our tours taking place across many of the largest theatres across China, and with the strong air handling systems that exist in many of these venues, we need a haze generator that can fight the often too-powerful AC systems and be able to give us that fine, lingering mist. The ATMes are able to do exactly that.”
Bookman is in agreement: “I am always thrilled when the lighting suppliers can supply MDG equipment. I am so grateful for their dependability, no noise factor, and how the fine haze can showcase the architecture of the lighting plot.”
Aside from the aesthetic qualities of the ATMe haze, MDG is also keen to keep the technicians happy. “The best thing about the ATMe hazer for me is the extremely low fluid consumption, which means fluid checks, etc are needed less frequently,” says tour technician, Martin Cox. “Our hazers are conveniently flight-cased and ready to roll into place. All we need to do is remove the lids, plug in and go. They are just what we need for a fast and efficient load in and load out.”
Fellow ILS technician, Sam Welch, agrees: “The RDM functionality of the ATMes are useful in enabling us to monitor them from front-of-house. This, coupled with fast support from the manufacturer, are fundamental reasons for spec’ing the ATMe hazers for our future tours.”
“We are very happy with our investment,” confirms Gould. “There’s no doubt the ATMe hazers will prove to be a workhorse for us at ILS. The fact that the units are quiet-running makes them ideal for the theatre environment. From our point of view, their reliability and silent operation are key factors. Much of our work is in Asia and knowing the reliability and support are both excellent gives us the peace of mind we need.”
But ILS’s ATMe generators are not only bound for Asia: “We are already planning on increasing our stock for our next season’s tours in the UK,” says Gould.
The MDG ATMe haze generators were supplied to Intelligent Lighting Services for Legally Blonde – The Musical by UK-based Flashlight Limited.
Legally Blond photo: SAIC Shanghai Culture Square - Zheng Tianran 2017
9th January 2018
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