Musicals and theatre productions in Melbourne are relying on a combination of ETC analogue lighting and VariLite moving lights, available from Jands , to produce their lighting designs.
Wicked, the story of the witches of Oz, playing at the Regent Theatre, utilises 12 x VariLite 3000Q spots, 17 x VariLite 3000 spots, 32 x VariLite 2500 spots, 26 x VariLite 2500 wash and 278 ETC Source 4 fixtures.
The rig at the Princess Theatre, which plays Guys and Dolls, contains 10 x VL3500Q spots, 4 x VL3000 Q wash, 3 x VL2000 spots, 8 x VL2000 wash and 69 ETC Source 4 fixtures. Added to the rig are six ETC Revolution fixtures.
At Her Majesty’s Theatre Spamalot, a total of 15 x VL3000 Q spots, 10 x VL2500 spots, 14 x VL2500 wash, 18 x VL500s and a number of source 4 fixtures are being utilised.
Hugh Hamilton has worked as a Production Electrician on Spamalot and Wicked as well as Associate Lighting Designer on Guys and Dolls.
According to Hamilton, VariLites are efficient lighting options due to their output and zoom. They go from 60˚ to narrow with a single fixture. Their major features include brightness and easy maintenance. The VL3000s are particularly bright and the new VL2500 washes and spots come with their new dimmer modules as glass enables a better fade than with solid metal blades.
For the first time, Hamilton is using the ETC MultiPARs on Wicked and he describes them as having high output. According to him, the ETC Revolutions are reliable with their inter-changeable pieces. He used the shutter kit on Priscilla and the twin rotating wheels on Guys and Dolls. The ETC Revolutions there are also the same colour temperature as the rest of the Source 4 rig.