Show Systems Australia tells DOWNTOWN story in color with CHAUVET Professional
The Devonport Choral Society’s production of DOWNTOWN! The Mod Musical at the Paranaple Arts Centre needed bold, saturated colors to help transport the stage back to the psychedelic ‘60s and Michael Westcott of Show Systems Australia reflected the exuberance and free flowing spirit with his colorful lighting design for the show. Helping him create this timepiece panorama was a collection of CHAUVET Professional fixtures. “The color mixing capabilities of the Maverick MK2 Spot and COLORado 2 Quad Zoom fixtures were critical in helping him make this happen,” said Matt Adams, Technical Director of Show Systems Australia. The use of colors was critical to define space on the stage, which had relatively few scenic elements. Key to creating this color scape were the eight Maverick MK2 Spots hung on two light bars.
They provided an evocative backdrop to the zany ’60s tale, in addition to adding punchy moving looks for the dance scenes. At the same time, Westcott was also able to use the lights to create subtle changes in brightness and color that reflected the flow of time as the story unfolded. An additional four MK2 Spot fixtures were set on the ground, behind and between the gaps of large, free standing letters. These units were used to create aerial effects that added a dynamic element to the stage. COLORado 2 Quad Zoom LED Wash Lights were located throughout the rig and were used to adorn backgrounds and scenic elements with psychedelic colors. “The COLORado fixtures gave us a solid, wide wash that transformed the stage with different colors,” said Adams. “They gave us a nice color foundation for the Mavericks to build on. This design was all about creating an atmosphere and telling a story with color.”