This may have asked deep in some topic somewhere, but I wanted to ask this...
I'm about to start working on a community theatre production of "High School Musical" (yes...) and, needless to say, this community theatre's lighting system is less than up-to-par.
Currently, there's an OLD Strand GBX "Genius" Console. It's crap; however, it works for what they've been doing up to this point w/ conventionals.
I'm hoping to, if budget allows, rent a few moving heads or a few scanners (most likely scanners because they seem a bit more compact and cheaper for the price of community theatre). Having not been able to use moving instruments personally, I'm kindof in a odd position. I realize that if I get anything, I'll have to end up renting a light board to run the stuff from in addition to the conventionals.
My question is this: For using maybe, four moving instruments (scanner or moving heads) in addition to maybe 4 color scrollers, would it be more wise to get a cheaper board to rent (ie: ETC Express/Expression which I've used before) or something more complex like a Hog. I'm a bit concerned about the learning curve of something like a Hog board and our short load-in/program/tech time. I know you can run moving instruments w an ETC Express or Expression, its just maybe sometimes more tricky. These instruments wouldn't be doing too many complex movements, so...yeah.
Any ideas? I'm not sure of my budget just yet, I'm just checking out options. I know renting boards can be a bit pricey, as I've looked at rental companies in my area.
Thanks for the help in advance.