My name is James Miller, and I work for Hyd Productions. We are planning an upcoming tour, and they have placed me in charge of the technical plans for the tour.
We will be traveling mainly to typical “Road-House” theaters that are setup for touring Broadway shows, etc. I have worked in theater for a long time, but I have never had to deal with the technicalities of a tour before. I was hoping that someone here could fill me in some questions that I have about lighting?
Anyway, I really need to know how to handle the lighting for the shows. The show has not yet been picked, but it will be rather large, with a somewhat complicated lighting plot. As such, I need to know how to handle the setup of lighting in venue.
Do we just create a brand new lighting plot for each theater? Do we use one master plot for ALL theaters? Do most shows tap into the dimmers and wiring already located in the theater, or do most shows bring there own dimmers and wiring?
At our theater, we have SP plug-in bars for the lighting 6 fixtures at every 24” spacing on the electric batons, is this how most road show theaters are setup as well? On this one, I’m curious on how to wire our fixtures into the house wiring and dimmer sets… (ex: how long the plug cord needs to be to run from the fixture to the Tye in point).
Thanks for any help you can offer, and I look forward to being a productive member of this forum!
Thanks Very Much,