The Oak Creek Assembly of God recently produced the musical A Little Boys Prayer (photo: Josh Humpa)
USA - In Oak Creek, WI, the Oak Creek Assembly of God recently produced the musical A Little Boys Prayer. Set in a small town but with over 200 performers in the show, technical director Nate Turner needed to create a lighting design that could take the congregation somewhere they have never been before. To do this, he needed both multi-faceted and powerful automated fixtures, so he worked with Clearwing Productions who provided him with VL4000 Spot and VL3000 Spot luminaires from Phillips Vari-Lite.

"The VL3500 Spot had been my go-to light for the last couple of years, but when I found out Clearwing had the VL4000 Spots, I was very excited to use them on this show," began Turner. "I first saw the VL4000 Spot at a Clearwing demo and I was immediately impressed by the brightness, but when you add in the extra gobo wheel and the framing shutters, it makes it an extremely versatile fixture."

Turner continued, "Our rig has two sections of catwalk over the house and then a pipe grid as well over the 40' x 90' stage. I placed the VL4000 Spots on the front catwalk for our downstage front light and then I placed the VL3000 Spots on the stage pipe grid for backlighting and aerial graphic eye-candy.

With 1200W short arc lamp, the VL3000 Spot luminaire features a 6:1 zoom optics, CYM colour mixing, variable CTO colour temperature correction, a six-position colour wheel, three gobo/effects wheels, a beam size iris and separate dimmer and ultra-fast strobe mechanisms.

"We try to keep our annual musical fresh so this year I used the VL4000 Spots for our front light to take advantage of their colour and gobos to create beautiful textures," added Turner. "The brightness of the VL4000 Spot is perfect for deep, rich colours, plus they have such a great zoom I could paint our entire stage with both colour and texture."

(Jim Evans)

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