Hey everyone- long time stalker and forum peruser (and many thanks across the board as I've found helpful solutions for many many projects over the years). I'm a Lighting Designer by degree, a Technical Director by job and a Scenic Designer by default. And a first time question asker. I'm at a local community theatre, budget is always an issue as is time and - for the most part- I'm a one man show with some high school volunteers. I do have access to some smaller LED ADJ cheap-o lights, and I'll be programming on an ETC Ion. My question is this: We're doing Into The Woods, and for many reasons not listed here, we will not be having an actual person seen onstage in a tree for Cinderella's dead mother/ghost/spirit thing. Originally we were going to put her in a tree, cover it with scrim and light the inside to give that eerie look (like everyone does). My initial thought after we came to this conclusion after auditions was to have the same general inside the tree idea, but instead of lighting a person I was going to have different twinkle (or something) lights in there that I could program a chase effect to match the lines and song. Think the angels from the Jimmy Stewart 'Wonderful Life' movie. I've done this to different degrees of success for voiceovers in other shows- sometimes cheezy, sometimes really cheezy- once in a while it times out nicely. So as I hadn't asked a question yet, here it is: What could my options be? -Projection? onto the tree? or from inside it still behind a scrim? -What about those 3D Illusion Lamps? Like this one : https://www.lampeez.com/products/pretty-girl-3d-led-illusion-lamp- with some fog or haze? Anyone used one (even in your house?) How bright/effective are they? I assume those wouldn't dim (LEDs) and I've got an email question into that website. -Just blinking some very specifically placed 'christmas lights' inside the tree one and off/at different levels and times? -just scrap all the effects and let Cinderella and her mother's voice carry those moments? I guess I've got a solid idea to at least punt with if it comes down to it (I've got a good month plus til opening), just wondering what kind of funky out of the box ideas Control Boothers would come up with. Thanks in Advance!!!