Stage Electrics provides the flash for Flashdance the Musical
8th September 2008
Stage Electrics is supplying all lighting, control and electrics for the UK tour of Flashdance the Musical. The tour started its run at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth before embarking on a year long national tour visiting venues such as the Cardiff Millennium Centre and The Mayflower Theatre in Southampton.
The stage musical is based on the 1983 Paramount Pictures film and features an iconic score including the smash hit 'Maniac', along with 'Manhunt', 'Gloria' and the Academy Award winning title track 'Flashdance - What a Feeling' as well as 10 original songs created for the musical. Set in Pittsburgh USA, Flashdance tells the story of 18 year old Alex, a welder by day and 'flashdancer' by night, whose dream is to obtain a place at the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy. The show is produced by David Ian Productions who recently produced tours of Cats and Starlight Express (also supplied by Stage Electrics). Stars of the show are Bruno Langley (Coronation Street), Bernie Nolan (The Bill, Brookside), Noel Sullivan (Hear'Say) and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt as Alex.
Lighting designer Jason Taylor specified 14 MAC 2000 Wash XBs, 12 Martin MAC 2000 Performance along with 28 Martin Professional Mac 700 Spots and 8 MAC 600NT Wash units as part of the lighting design. Stage Electrics is also supplying an ETC EOS Console for the tour, this is the second console supplied for a theatrical production after Zorro the Musical, currently playing at the Garrick Theatre in London's West End. Jason Taylor comments on his choice of technology for the lighting design:
"This was my first show with the ETC EOS desk. I thought it was a terrific piece of kit. I liked the logic of the desk, it seems to have taken all the best bits from other desks and molded them together tremendously. The MAC 700s were great, and were brighter than the MAC 2000s we had running alongside them. The quick response of the units meant we could do very fast resets without it being an issue. The kit was complemented by the great service from Stage Electrics as per usual. From the negotiation of the kit to the opening of the show, the support was first class and any problems I did have were dealt with swiftly."
Working alongside Jason Taylor was John Tapster, programmer for the ETC EOS Console on the show, who comments:
"The ETC EOS Console has proved fast and simple to set up, with flexibility for all programming styles. It also has a useful colour picker and the ability to add your own scrolls and gobo wheels within the patch."
(Images courtesy of Paul Farnsworth, Set Designer)