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Elation lights “Raiding the Rock Vault” and “Raiding the Country Vault” shows
The “Raiding the Rock Vault” and “Raiding the Country Vault” shows' production was developed by lighting designer Paul Dexter. Both productions present the biggest selling classic songs from an unrepeatable era (mainly 1965-1990) and include Elation Professional Platinum Series moving head fixtures and Cuepix Panel LED matrix blinders as visual support.
"Raiding the Rock Vault" is a show that opened at the Las Vegas Hilton in 2013 before moving to the Tropicana Theater in December 2014, where it is currently in residence. The newest production, "Raiding the Country Vault," premiered in May 2016 in the Mansion Theatre in Branson, Missouri. Production designer and show director Paul Dexter created the stage set and lighting for both shows, including all video content creation and direction. He also came up with the storyline concept and wrote the script.
Lighting “Raiding the Rock Vault” are 16 Platinum Beam 5R Pro and 10 Platinum Spot 5R Pro moving heads along with 8 Cuepix Panels while Dexter uses 12 Platinum Beam 5R Pro moving heads and 8 Cuepix Panels on “Raiding the Country Vault.” The Elation gear for both productions has been supplied by Toucan Productions of Oklahoma City.
“I use the Platinum fixtures in all ways that they were intended,” Dexter says of the moving head fixtures with Platinum 5R lamps. “I use them as a supplementary wash fixture and as air graphics using different focuses from fan to abstract in straight beam and prism mode, or while moving for animation.” The Platinum Spot 5R Pros on “Raiding the Rock Vault” are located on the floor behind the set and band while the Platinum Beam 5R Pros on “Raiding the Country Vault” are mounted on upstage trusses with some fixtures located low and integrated into the stage set.
Located on the downstage truss on both shows are Cuepix Panels, 5 x 5 matrix LED panels with 30-watt RGB COB LEDs that Dexter uses primarily as an audience wash. As far as design differences on each show, Dexter says that “Raiding the Rock Vault” and “Raiding the Country Vault” are a brand and therefore the stage sets are very similar. “But there are variations in positioning fixtures owing to space and trying to create a different look,” he comments.
(Photos: Jo Anna Jackson/Erik Nielsen)
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