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MDR Sound and Lighting gets versatile at Southwards Car Museum Theatre with CHAUVET Professional

For auto enthusiasts, the love of cars knows no boundaries. In 1976, Sir Len Southward, the owner of a successful engineering firm, purchased six hectares of land on the Kapiti coast just north of Wellington and turned his personal collection of historic automobiles into a museum. Around the same time, an aspiring American singer in New Jersey, 9,000 miles away, purchased his first car, a very used flaming yellow 1957 Chevy Bel Air Convertible. Sir Southward’s collection grew into the acclaimed Southwards Car Museum.

The singer became Bruce Springsteen, a superstar whose “runaway American dream” anthems became emblematic of the car cruising culture. It was only natural then for Adrian Dittmer to contact the museum about having his Bruce Springsteen tribute band play its 474-seat multi use theatre. The museum agreed, and as a result it wound up not only with an evening of revved up entertainment, but also a new lighting system featuring a collection of CHAUVET Professional LED fixtures. When he isn’t playing bass for the Springsteen tribute band, Dittmer is the sales and marketing manager of MDR Sound and Lighting in Palmerston North. After he reached out to the museum theatre, about a possible gig, its tech director Levi Hampton told him that the facility was looking to do a lighting upgrade. “Once Levi mentioned what the theatre wanted to do, I put on my MDR hat and told him that we could supply anything he needed,” said Dittmer. “The theatre was pulling out the existing fly system, as it was no longer effective, and they were no longer hosting traditional theatrical productions. They were wanting to replace that system with a truss grid and a modern LED lighting solution.”

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