All my life all I have ever played with was conventional fixtures. I want to (hopefully for the upcoming musical) expand into playing with some DMX-enabled goodies. Any suggestions for some firsts? Things that are easy to handle. Maybe some strobes? I should probably add the fact that the show is Pirates of Penzance. I'm not overly familiar with the show, but I figured that some of you may have some ideas for a DMX goodie or two. Even if not for the show, something that would be good to play with to learn a thing or two. I have absolutely no idea how to tell my desk that something is a device as opposed to a plain old dimmer. Also, semi-unrelated: We are going to have some trees in FOH so we can light an apron-type-thing that comes out farther than I can light. What I was thinking about was putting some dimmers on the trees instead of running cables from channels that I can't spare to them. That also leads to my next question: Is it safe to hookup a portable dimmer to a channel on a dimmer?