Nexera Creates Magic with Pippin


When the Department of Theatre and Dance at California State University, Fullerton decided to take on the production of Pippin, they took it all the way to 1969 with a Woodstock-inspired set designed by Ann Sheffield. LD Debra Lockwood used Wybron’s Nexera dichroic color-changing fixtures for the vibrant color necessary to complete the psychedelic look.

"Our production of Pippin was indeed visually influenced by Woodstock. It was not a literal copy of the stage but Woodstock served as the main reference for all the design elements. The director, James Taulli, asked us to create a world where a traveling troupe of players could decide to do their show. The designs were all influenced by the Woodstock stage," says Debra Lockwood, award-winning lighting designer and CSUF’s production manager. "It was very colorful and a lot of fun to design. The Nexeras were a perfect choice to achieve the variety in color that I was looking for to represent the colorful 1960s."

The story of a young Prince Pippin (son of Charlemagne) and his struggles with the responsibilities of adulthood has been delighting audiences since its 1972 Tony Award-winning Broadway debut. This hip, surrealistic musical is a favorite of directors, with a pop-inspired score by Stephen Schwartz.

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Photos by Edwin Lockwood.

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