Live Design's 2023 Lighting Plot Of The Week series. continues with a focus on Mike Wood's Lighting for Fiddler On The Roof by the City Springs Theatre Company in the Byers Theatre at The Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center, Sandy Springs, GA from October 6-22, 2023.
"This iteration of Fiddler on the Roof began as a Tik Tok concept video by scenic designer Jacob Olson. It was so much fun to collaborate and to bring this initial idea to life over the past year," says the LD. "The plot was laid out in such a way that we could use the moving houses as natural breakups in the air. Several times throughout the tech process, we had houses moved specifically to be in the path of a light beam. Coupled with the 42’ trim heights of the overhead electrics, this created a sense of immense scale while also making the design feel very natural and elemental."
"Each of the flying houses was outfitted with an Astera NYX bulb as well as RGB led tape to create an internal glow. Most of the show, these bulbs lived in various states of white, but they were able to come to life (no pun intended) during Tevye’s dream sequence, where they took on saturated color and effects," explains Wood.
"The overall lighting design of the show blends the realistic world of Anatevka with the more ethereal world of Tevye’s inner thoughts and conversations with the audience. At the top of the show, we are introduced to a very warm, soft, all-encompassing lighting world. As the show progresses, much of the warmth gets slowly pulled out of our world," says Wood. "The color temperatures become harsher, the angles more defined and severe. The lighting creates a sense of isolation and solitude—until the final moment where a single beam is left and a solitary house flies slowly into the sky."
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5 Martin Mac Ultra Performance
8 Martin Mac Encore CLD
6 High End Systems Solaframe Theatre
11 High End Systems Solaspot 1000
18 Chauvet R2 Wash
2 Robe BMFL Foillowspot & Lightmaster Controller
88 ETC Lustr Series II27 ETC LED Tungsten Series II
13 Chauvet Ovation WW260
7 ETC Source Four ERS
29 ETC Colorsource Par
8 ETC Source Four Par
2 Stormy Strobe
3 Strike 4
22 Colorforce II-72
12 ETC Colorsource Linear 4-DB
1 MDG aTME Hazer
1 Martin Gladiator Dynamix
Director: Shuler Hensley
Choreographer: Marla Phelan
Music Director: Miles Plant
Scenic Designer: Jacob Olson
Costume Designer: Jeffrey Meek
Lighting Designer: Mike Wood
Sound Designer: Anthony Narciso
Associate Lighting Designer: Toni Sterling
Assistant Lighting Designer: Mack Scales
Production Electrician: Michael “Baracuda” Barahura
Programmer: Will Elphingstone
Head Electrician: Justin Schwartz
Deck Electrician: Charlie Taylor
House Electrician: Phil Wray
Lead Followspot: John Scott Ross
Followspot Op: Allie Rowland
Lighting Apprentice: Em Stripling
Lighting Shop: 4Wall - Tyler Bevel & Phillips Harbarger
Photo Credits: Ben Rose Photography and Mike Wood