Lighting Avenue Q

Posted on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

The Tony Award winner, Avenue Q, has finally hit Australia making its debut in Melbourne courtesy of Arts Asia Pacific and Power Arts.

Described as “Sesame Street on crack”, Avenue Q is a quirky adults-only musical that aims to shock and entertain.

The Australian production of Avenue Q is directed by talented director, performer and Helpmann Awards host, Jonathan Biggins. Other members of the creative team include: David Skelton as Musical Director, Nathan Wright as Choreographer, Set and Costume Design by Richard Roberts, Technical Direction by Richard Stuart, Sound Design by System Sound and Lighting Design by Richard Pacholski.

Richard Pacholski designed a rig that utilised the power of Martin MACs including 1 x Martin MAC2000 performance, 9 x Martin MAC700 profile, 8 x Martin MAC700 wash, and 6 x Martin TW-1 80v narrow lens units.

“The MAC700 profiles and washes proved themselves with great functions and reliability,” he commented. “We had no swap-outs during the whole tech period and their quiet operation was important in a small venue like Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre.

“Again, I was impressed with the MAC TW-1 narrow lens unit. It’s a great light for theatre use….great colours and fade profile….and quiet.”

Effects include 2 x Look Solutions Unique DMX hazers, 2 x Look Solutions Viper DMX smoke machines, 2 x JEM Magnum smoke machines and 3 x JEM AF-1 DMXsmoke fans. Control is a MA Lighting grandMA console plus a grandMA lite and 2 x ELC Nodes.

According to Richard, all units were supplied and expertly prepped by Chameleon Touring Systems.