We are going to be running "Wanipigow Idol" in our school in a few months.
Music Teacher has some wild ideas for lighting. Realistically, we are working in a gymnasium with a "Stage," and have additional portable staging (512 sq ft, as 16 4x8 sections). I have a lighting rig which consists of two trees, four fresnels, and two ETC S4s. We have two Dove DM 406 dimmer packs.
(It defies me that, in a community where the school is the _only_ "theater," they cannot put in a proper stage.)
We are going to be doing a rental for this ... so I'm looking for some design ideas so I can press the Principal for some budget for it. Music teacher wants LED blinders or something. (Where do we hang these without truss and/or pipes?!)
We are using a 2 scene manual preset board, capable of 16 channels. No good for movers, I've checked that previously. Our rental house can give us all the gear we want, including MAC movers--except a console that'll run 'em.
I have Entec Open DMX, and had it running okay on my PC laptop. Don't like it for concert lighting. I've switched back to a MacBook Pro, and gave the 5 year old--but not yet dead--PC laptop to a struggling student. I have Q Light Controller on the Mac. However, doesn't seem to want to communicate properly with the Open DMX dongle. It _should_, but it doesn't, and I haven't had much time to play around with it. Ideally, I'd like to use Q Light to run this show--anybody have any ideas on this one?
Power is a joke ... so don't ask. Gym is 3 - 15A circuits, and one of them is shared with the foyer pop machine. I can comfortably run a rig up to 65A, and have in the past. Let's just say that Home Economics has to take the turkey(s) out of the oven(s), and the Phys. Ed. teacher has to take the clothes out of the dryer, when I want to run a lighting rig:-) We've got spider boxes for that:-)
I'd like to get some ideas for the design and lighting, and then turn this design over to one of the kids to execute.
Technology Teacher / ICT Support