Highlights from 2011
We had a great year in 2011, really pushing the envelope with technology in our projects. Two of our Live Events, HitRecord's Fall Formal and OLHS Gala 2011 went off with a out a hitch. We were very happy with being able to create the feel of large format shows with out breaking the bank. The Fall Formal was a variety show, with multiple acts show casing the work that the production company publishes throughout the year. Using video, music, and written word the event is encourages its audience to record the show so that more content can be added to their website and reconditioned into new material for their future events. We had to work with balancing what the eye could see and what video could record. It was awesome, and needless to say we got some great shots. OLHS puts on their yearly Gala at the Nechita Center for the Performing Arts every year, and 2011 was the first year we were involved. It is a showcase that helps to show the patrons of their school the level of talent that it produces every year and with the help of Oleta Adams as their main event; along with all the wonderful and talents students that perform, it really rocked this year. The end product on both looked really good and we were very proud to be apart of such great shows.
We also helped Torrance Theater Company do some ground breaking work this year. We helped to establish the lighting systems in their new downtown Torrance theater space, The 1316 Theatr. As well as lighting the first show Over the River and Through the Woods. We managed to do all of the installation in two days and helped to get them a polished look that not most store front theaters have. This helped them to get the City of Torrance to back them in the venture and 2012 will be their first season in that space. On top of all that we lit their 2011 Summer musical Chicago at the James Armstrong Theater in Torrance California. It was directed by Kari Hayter, the sets were designed and built by MattScarpinoDesign. We worked closely with both the Set Designer and the Director, and with the integration of LED lighting we achieved a really colorful and beautiful show. The show was well received by the critics and we are proud to say that it was a huge success for Torrance Theater Company and SteveGDesign.
ur Educational Theater clients this year had some great productions. Just to feature a couple, we did Urinetown at Palos Verdes High School and Evita at Malibu High School. Both were great successes. Urinetown was the first educational show for us to integrate LED lighting, we rented 16 Chauvet Colorado Tri-tour LED pars. I was very leery about using Chauvet equipment in place of a more recognized lighting company such as ETC, but I was really impressed with this line of lighting equipment. It is not as versitile as ETC's Selador with color, however it is a solid instrument. I was very happy with the light quality, plus because of its tri-color LED source the color that is mixed is the color you see from source to floor. With other LED pars you don't get that because it is individual LED's mixing which create a rainbow effect. With the hurdle of having to see the source of light in most of the educational spaces we work in due to the low grids in these theaters, it is a great light to use. It blends well with conventional lighting, so that the focus is not pulled away from what is important, the students showcasing their talents for their parents and friends. Evita at Malibu was the first time we worked with an up and coming designer, Nick Van Houten. He is really talented and we worked together with the set designer Matt Scarpino and the Director Jodi Plaia to create an awesome show which was done with projections being the primary focus to the scenery. It is the first time that MattScarpinoDesign and SteveGDesign integrated projections on this scale for a educational program. It looked amazing and we could not have done it with out the expertise brought in by Nick Van Houten.
Over all a really successful year, and we are looking to push the envelope even more in 2012 with balancing a beautiful and polished look without breaking our clients budgets.