Sellersville Theatre 1894 upgrades with Elation
Friday, 20 December 2019
sellersville-theaterphoto-by-tina-pastor2The theatre stages a diverse line-up of performances (photo: Tina Pastor)
USA - When Sellersville Theatre 1894 north of Philadelphia sought to upgrade its aging lighting rig early in 2019, the venue contacted Artistic Concepts Group for a solution and ended up demoing a number of potential fixtures.
“Michael Wysolmerski at Artistic Concepts was very patient and brought in dozens of lights to demo,” recounts the theatre’s technical director and production manager, Daniel Faga. “We both knew the Artiste DaVinci was the winner as soon as we saw them in the space.”
Sellersville Theatre 1894 is an intimate and historic live performance venue located adjacent to the even more historic Washington House Restaurant & The 325-seat auditorium with cabaret seating is exceptionally busy, hosting hundreds of national and international acts every year.
“Our diverse line-up of performances ranges from comedy to theatre to music of all genres,” states Faga, who has worked at the theatre for 12 years and also serves as show tech and lighting designer. “In any given week, we could have a blues guitarist Monday, a metal band Tuesday, a solo folk singer-songwriter Wednesday, a sketch comedy troupe Thursday, a movie screening Friday, a bluegrass quartet Saturday and a classic rock act Sunday. Therefore, versatility was key in our light system upgrade. With such a wide range of shows, we needed a lighting rig that could feel like a big arena rock show one night and an intimate acoustic show the next.”
Seeking to upgrade some older conventional lighting, PAR cans and Fresnels, Faga evaluated Elation’s Artiste DaVinci against a number of competitive products and settled on the LED moving head spots for an upgrade to their house rig.
Four DaVincis hang from an upstage electric with an additional four working from a floor position. “The DaVincis serve as the focal point fixtures in the new lighting rig,” says Faga. “With their bright punchy colours and interesting gobo and prism options, they add the detail and texture to our lighting looks.
“They have performed well on a very busy stage and we are very happy with them.” The eight DaVincis are paired with eight Elation Fuze Wash Z120 LED moving head washlights, enabling big looks with bright vibrant colours.
The lighting system was designed with the help of Michael Wysolmerski from Artistic Concepts Group, a multi service provider of entertainment technology who supplied the Elation fixtures to the theatre.
(Jim Evans)

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