At the Pageant we use apron strips and just light the main from below. Next door at the Laguna Moulton Playhouse, they use six or eight lekos on the balcony rail, all soft focused to do a wash on the main. I'm not sure if they gel them or not.
For those of you who may not know what Phil means by apron strips, this is two twelve ft. strip lights, made in house from aluminum raceways and medium screw lamp bases in a wood masking frame so you don't see the lamps from the audience. It's a set-up that you don't see very often in more conventional stage shows. Their use as curtain warmers is secondary to their primary purpose as one element of our set lighting. For the 2008 Pageant, I also hung a 19 degree Source 4 from our mid house right lighting truss with, if I remember correctly, an R-12 gel. We had a yellow curtain for our 75th. season. Our two niche stages, on either side of the main stage used 50 degree Source 4 Jr.'s mounted on the down stage wall of the orchestra pit with the same gel that I used in the 19 degree.
Yes, we do. For much of what we do in Pageantland, standard, of the rack stage lighting simply does not work. So I end up either finding a household or industrial fixture that comes close to what I need and then modifying it or designing and building what I need from scratch. As for why posting pictures of this equipment may violate Festival of Arts company policy, our board of directors is under the impression that there is some big secret to what we do. They're wrong of course. We don't do anything that you couldn't figure out on your own. In this instance, what they believe trumps reality. So before I go posting pictures of my equipment, I'm going to make certain that I'm allowed to do so. I love my job and I'd like to keep it, thank you very much!
Well ok.Unfortunately, your upload of this page didn't go so well. It's mostly a blank grey sheet.
As for pictures of my lights, I'll see what I can do, but I can't make any promises. I'm not sure whether posting pictures of my equipment violates company policy. I know posting pictures of our sets would.