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Corona: Chauvet fixtures used for “Firehouse Ignites” fundraising livestream
Normally, the intimate theatre at the Firehouse Center in Derry, New Hampshire, hosts a wide variety of performances. Sometimes, stars like Howie Day and Tom Rush drop in to support the nonprofit with benefit shows.
Since the arrival of Covid-19, however, the stage at this 191-seat venue has fallen largely silent. The absence of shows has not only cut off a vital source of funds for the center’s programs, it‘s also deprived the talented young people that Firehouse Center supports with an opportunity to perform in public.
This October, the center’s organizers did something about both issues, when they journeyed 37 miles from their coastal Massachusetts town to Studio Lab in New Hampshire where Events United produced “Firehouse Ignites”, a fundraising livestream that required a donation (suggested at $75) to access online.
Reflecting the diverse range of the center’s programs, the 95-minute livestream featured twenty different performers. The Events United team used a lighting and video rig that featured sixty Chauvet Professional fixtures and a 52.5‘ by 13‘ curved LED wall made of F2 LED panels.
Providing a background for the Firehouse Ignites performers was the set’s video wall, which featured a series of circles in amber tones. “Our creative process began with sourcing an image for the video wall“, says Jon Martell, who served as the Technical Director for the livestream. “After that we built our lighting around the wall. Our color scheme was loosely based on the client’s colors.“
The Events United design team, which included Producer Chase Clark, L1 Ryan Lane, A1 Kevin Smith and Playback Trifon Athnos, arranged fifteen Colorado Solo Batten fixtures at the base of the curved video wall. “We recently added a high-shine Marley floor to increase the production value of our livestreams”, says Martell. “The reflection of the light from the battens and the circular patterns from the video wall on the floor gave the stage a nice textured dimension.”
A collection of twenty-four Maverick MK2 Spot fixtures flown on U-shaped upstage truss as well as on two rows of mid-stage truss provided downlighting and specials. To provide added color, nineteen Rogue R1 Wash fixtures were flown over the entire stage, making it possible to set different emotional tones by changing palettes. A group of three Ovation Cyc 1 FC fixtures delivered the front lighting.
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