LIGHTING DESIGN

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Shenandoah 

Totem Pole Playhouse

 

Totem Pole Playhouse’s recent production of Shenandoah, starring Ben Davis, was staged to evoke a lush and dramatic atmosphere.  Director Rowan Joseph described his concept as “a dramatic production with music added” rather than a musical per se.  With this in mind, BOOM!’s lighting plot was included deep hues that represented different times of day and seasons with a potency that was intentionally one step beyond realistic.  The set design’s primary feature—a large upstage backdrop—was used as a canvas on which we painted various sky-scapes using a series of gobos and color washes.

Set Design: Chris Russo

Director: Rowan Joseph

Shenandoah
Shenandoah

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Shenandoah
Shenandoah

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Shenandoah
Shenandoah

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Shenandoah
Shenandoah

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Forever Plaid

Totem Pole Playhouse

Creating a color pallette that conjured the 1950’s without being too heavy handed was a lot of fun...special thanks to my design assistant and ME Connor Dreibelbis.  Even more fun, however, was creating custom plaid gobos to project over the entire set at the finale (a little scrim and glitter helped us take the audience by surprise with this effect).  

Set Design: Tom Ryan (Boom Creative)

Forever Plaid
Forever Plaid

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Forever Plaid
Forever Plaid

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Forever Plaid
Forever Plaid

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Forever Plaid
Forever Plaid

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WAKE.

Messiah College Department of Theatre

 

This lighting for this event—a fusion of puppetry, fashion and dance—was dominated by LED color washes and transitional tape light woven into costumes and puppets.

WAKE.
WAKE.

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WAKE.
WAKE.

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WAKE.

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WAKE.

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Grease!

Totem Pole Playhouse

 

Jim Fouchard’s design for TPP’s production of Grease was reminiscent of a giant juke box.  A large false proscenium as well as two internal portals were equipped with discreet linear lighting units.  In keeping with Jim’s concept, one of the central elements of BOOM!’s lighting plot was a grid of LED par cans over the entire stage.  During musical numbers, both the linear lighting as well as the LED color grid were set into a series of chases and other effects that made the giant juke box come to life.  Ambient lighting for dialogue utilized subtle rose and cyan hues inspired by the late 1950’s.

 

Set Design: James Fouchard 

Grease
Grease

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Grease

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Grease
Grease

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Grease

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Once on This Island

Appell Center for the Performing Arts

 

We chose to stage this show just months before it was revived on Broadway to resounding acclaim. The lighting concept was based on an "enchanted circle" defined by 12 small LED PARs. By programming multiple sequences into the instruments, the circle of lights was used to create a hurricane, a blaze of fire and an ethereal portal for the gods of the island.

 

Set Design: Tom Ryan (Boom Creative)

Director: Tom Ryan (Boom Creative)

Once on This Island
Once on This Island

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