Hey everyone, I'm Chris, I'm a senior in high school who does a lot of film, theatre, and similar stuff. In terms of film (not exactly related to this board) I've directed a few short films and have just started working with Apple's Final Cut Studio (the industry standard) to get some more real-world experience before college. In theatre, I've primarily been backstage. I've done stage crew for about 12 shows. I also do a bit of acting too (small roles) just to keep me busy. I split my time between two schools (my father is a music teacher so I'm able to work on his shows where he works as well). I've had a decent spread of work with lighting consoles - for the longest time we used what must have been a 20 or 30 year-old two scene analog board with a breaker box to control border lights and house lights - I'm sure if carefully scrutinized, they would have found something illegal in the set up. A recent building project upgraded that whole system (new lights, new wiring, everything) to an awesome new Horizon Control Marquee MQ128 system (from what I understand, it is no Strand console, but compared to the old two scene board, this thing is phenomenal). At my actual school, we have a Lehigh console, but it doesn't work right because the power system overheats and lights go wacky (turning themselves on and off at random). Half of the plugs they said we have don't work either. It's pretty frustrating. In a few years (after I graduate) they will be getting new lights, wiring, etc. and probably will be upgraded to a Marquee board as well. Right now I'm in the early stages of planning our school's next musical... I'm directing our production of "Guys And Dolls" in March. It's going to be a very exciting production... we're doing a lot with the set, the design, choreography, etc. to give it a very modern and contemporary feel. It's such a great show and I think that too often, especially in high schools, directors don't do it justice. Well, that's my life story. I'm really excited to be apart of ControlBooth! I'll probably read more than post because there is just so much information I don't know yet (just today I learned that the thing you put the weights on is called the "arbor" - who'd have thunk it!) but I'll try to contribute wherever I can. Thanks so much for this awesome resource!