The drama teacher at my HS is much more interested in acting than tech. Last year for our musical we hired out to have a technical director. While he was setting the lights, he "temporarily" moved our ETC 24/48 to the FOH position next to the sound board on the worlds crappyest table where it has sat since then. To facilitate this change ( i was just told to make it work) i attached a DMX extension to the control cable and threw it out the window. i then routed it across the catwalk and down to the mix position. It looked terrible! then the TD decided to run lights from this position for the duration of the show. so now the light board is in the back of the house with the sound guys. then he wanted the clear com head end down by the lights. all the CC jacks terminate in the booth, so more ghetto extensions being run out the window and across the catwalk to the already crowded sound mix position. now we have the majority of the tech crew taking up almost the whole back row of seats in our tiny theatre, calling cues, and ect.
The booth has remote controls for house lights and other permanant lighting elements (curtain lights and flourecents) as well as the CC jacks, and DMX termination. Now that the tech director hired for the musical is gone, our drama teacher insists that the setup must stay the way he left it. She wants this mess to become permanent. In the mean time she has allowed the english dept. to take over the light booth and fill it with file cabinets and papers.Is it a good idea to permenantly move the light board position to the back of the theatre, and abandon a room that was built for this purpose?