Vari*Lite & ETC Are Wicked

Posted on Friday, October 23rd, 2009

You probably know someone who made the trek to see Wicked in Melbourne, but now the wildly popular musical has made its way to Sydney setting up home at the Capitol Theatre.

The spellbinding musical goes beyond The Wizard of Oz and tells the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch. The lighting design of Wicked is the work of Kenneth Posner who won a Tony Award for his effort. Kenneth opts for a Vari*Lite rig.

“I chose Vari*Lite fixtures for the design of Wicked because of the large number of pattern options and the colours, especially the warm pastel range,” Kenneth Posner is quoted as saying. “The colour of the set is actually gray and earth toned. All the colour you see the scenery bathed in comes from lighting.”

A total of ninety-three Vari*Lites are used, consisting of VL2500 and VL3000 Spots, a unit that Kenneth admits to being enamored by, because of its beautiful fading and colours. In fact the original Wicked premiered the first fifteen VL3000 fixtures off the line.

The conventional gear includes close to two hundred ETC Source Fours of various types.