That's impressive that he visualizes in lights.
It's interesting to think about the idea that as audience members some lights should just blend in, but as reviewers we need to pick out those elements.
I liked that he mentioned Period plays having lighting that fits the period. That's a detail that people might not necessarily think about, but I will from now on!
The lighting cue part was great and his comment about it being tiring is so true! I've seen productions with too many cues and it takes away from the show.
I found it interesting how he compared/contrasted dance's lights. It showed the importance of proper lighting.
I loved how he used Flowers for Algernon and The Giver as examples. Two of my favorite stories, and really open to artistic creativity.
Learning about eye fatigue was very useful, and I look forward to keeping that in mind as I see future shows.
I really liked the explanation of front lights, side lights, and back lights. Especially when he was talking about Wicked it helped me think about the degrees of freedom and how each light has a specific color and angle. As a person with non-white skin hearing how the lighting can be manipulated to accommodate many different color schemes much like Elphaba and Glinda's skin, or the maroon silver and pink set for Legally Blond was very interesting. Watching the video added another dimension to the stage for me and has made me more aware of the particulars for lighting. In the history portion of the lecture I thought the part about how guang-ho the Romans were was really funny. Who actually fills up a coliseum with water and boats just for a naval battle scene? This lecture for me really incorporated my prior history, engineering, and theatre knowledge.
I really enjoyed watching this workshop. I could tell how much lighting means to him and his wide range of knowledge was really helpful. The history was very interesting and the LEDs were really cool to learn about. I had learned about how gels filter light out in a different workshop but I didn't know how LEDs are grown in different colors. This has been very helpful to me and I will defiantly be more aware of this super helpful aspect of theater and other types of performance.
The topic of lighting incorporates way more science than I thought. The red + green + blue = white was a nice review of middle school science. I found the history of lighting in theatre very interesting; how the typical lighting changed from the sun, to candle, to tinted glass lamp, to Fresnel lights and LEDs. I thought that LED was a type of lightbulb, so now I know that it is a light emitting diode. I never really thought about how every show has its own color palate, so I will definitely be able to use that in reviews now. I loved the example of The Giver, and as Mitchell Frazier was talking, I was thinking, Yeah, how would they make everything look gray? How would they do the red hair thing? So it was interesting for me to learn!
This was a super interesting workshop! Before this, the only thing I knew about lights was not to touch the lamp, otherwise, they will explode. I thought the history of lighting was so interesting, especially in the Greek and Roman era. This is where theater began, but we don't always address it when looking at theater's history. I also thought how general technological advancements influence theater, like with the inventions of the light bulbs or LEDs, was interesting, as it was something I've never put together.
The LED microphone and voice changing light was obviously very cool. I'd love to see something that involves lights like that. I like how he mention the bright red LEDs in Cabaret because even months later, the red lighting in that show still sticks out to me. The discussion on Wicked, and how lighting impacts the skin and complexion of characters was also interesting. It's very cool how different characters can be lit up in different ways in the same scene. And the Legally Blonde horror story was something else. That must have been so tricky.
Overall, I thought this was a super interesting workshop, for something I appreciated so much, but knew so little about. I love lighting and what it can do for a production, and this workshop helped shine some light on such a cool part pf theater.
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