Mavericks and Rogues add polish to Kinky Boots
Thursday, 17 March 2022
kinkyboots2Kinky Boots in Fort Lauderdale
USA - The Slow Burn Theatre Company’s production of Kinky Boots at the Broward Centre for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale featured an engaging Clifford Michael Spulock lighting design that included Chauvet Professional Maverick, Rogue and COLORado fixtures.
Spulock wove his lighting around scenic designer David Rockwell’s set pieces endowing them with an extra degree of realism that made the drama unfolding on stage more engaging. The red brick ‘Price and Son’ shoe factory in Northampton, England takes on a, ethereal, timeless look when bathed in warm light, setting, a suitable tone, given that plans that will make dreams come true are hatched in the factory.
The factory set piece has two levels of translucent windows. Spulock gave them a magical glow by placing COLORado Batten 144 Tour fixtures behind this wall. Drawing on the colour mixing prowess of the RGBWA linear LED fixtures, he was able to reflect different moods by changing the hue reflected in the windows.
To give scenes inside the factory a more unsettled aura, Spulock washed the stage in deep blues. At other times he conveyed different moods with brighter colors and gobo patterns. All the while he was careful to maintain the key lighting with help from his Maverick MK2 Profiles. When the scenes shifted to Lola’s nightclub and the runway for a fashion show, Spulock turned up the lighting intensity to create realistic settings.
A collection of Rogue R1 Spot fixtures positioned on side box booms was instrumental in setting the range of tones on stage. “I relied on the Rogues for gobos, colour, and also to give me a fantastic fill to the actors downstage when needed,” says Spulock. “Also, the Maverick MK2’s framing shutters were excellent, as was their powerful output, large zoom, and very universal gobo selection and features.”

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