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I have seen the stage light

Stage Lighting

Alright, I wanted to move away from the digital mixers and return to the topic of lighting. Specifically, stage lighting.

I recently started focusing the lighting rig at the church for the upcoming kid’s Christmas production. Of course, I was that one guy working up in the lift trying to be lighting assistant and light designer at the same time.

I used many of these tips to focusing stage lighting while I set each lamp. It’s a really helpful article. I learned much of the same stuff in Stage Lighting 101 at the university.


Christmas lights inspiration!

This weekend is  right before Thanksgiving; which marks the official beginning of the Christmas season.

That means that this weekend is the weekend to get Christmas lights up in order to be ready for opening night on Friday.


Here’s some inspiration to help you get started on lights.

I absolutely love this video. Every time I watch it, I get a big stupid smile on my face because it is so awesome and inspiring. Someday my house will look like this. For now, my house only has 20 channels and a few thousand lights. But I’m slowly building up.

Now get outside and hang some lights!

Spotlight on…Followspots!


Just in case you forgot…Christmas is almost here. Well, okay, I guess it’s still about two months out. But you should probably start preparing for it now.

Last year at our Christmas cantata, our music director rented a spotlight, or followspot as it is also known. I had used one before, but it was good to know how to operate a spotlight. It didn’t come with any instructions, we just picked it up from the rental place.

If it is a possibility that your venue might rent a spotlight, study up on them, and make sure you have some time to play with it before the rehearsal.

Light Up the Christmas Choir

I know, I know, it’s only September. But it’s almost October, then November, then – What! It’s already December! Any good music director at church or theater director is already thinking about the Christmas production. This means you should probably be thinking about it too.

The Christmas production is about the biggest thing we do all year at my church, so I want the lighting to look the best. Lighting a choir and orchestra can be a little more involved then you might think. However, it is not about how many lights, but about how the lights are placed.

Now that you know how to light them, you can begin thinking about how to convince people to let you rent more lighting rigs.