Altman Siren Series at North Central High
Monday, 11 May 2020
little-mermaidThe Little Mermaid at North Central High School in Indianapolis
USA - Operating within the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township, North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, offers a comprehensive educational curriculum as well as opportunities for participation in the performing arts.
The performing arts programme utilises two performance spaces highlighted by a 1450-seat theatrical auditorium. Theatre manager Shaun McIlquham recently integrated a new inventory of Siren Series LED Followspots from Altman Lighting.
“This is my second year teaching at NCHS and in our performance season we do four theatrical shows, a Junior spectacular showcase, and then we also assist the middle school with their annual production as well,” began McIlquham. “In our performance space, we are way overdue for a renovation as we still have the original dimmers from the 1960s. In a production a few years ago the lighting system actually froze during a performance with a few school board members in attendance, so they put in a few new LED ellipsoidals and we are trying now to move forward into an all LED lighting design with a new dimming system.”
“I attended USITT 2019 in Louisville and first saw the Siren Series on display at the show,” explained McIlquham. “When we started talking more about renovations at the school, I reached out to Nick Champion at Altman Lighting to see if he could do a demo for our upcoming production of The Little Mermaid. After we brought them in and did a showcase to the administration as the spotlights we wanted in our renovated design, everyone fell in love them.”
“Everyone really liked the Siren Series as they are very easy to use,” added McIlquham. “You can tell that there was a lot of thought put into their design and they are definitely one of the brighter LED followspots on the market. The students have particularly enjoyed using them,” concluded McIlquham. “They were very excited to be some of the first students in the country to have the lights on a show and that was very special for them.”

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