The Polynesian Cultural Center is one of Hawaii's top attractions. Set on 42 acres on the North Shore of Oahu, the PCC offers a chance to explore many of the Polynesian cultures in the South Pacific. Billed as Hawaii's newest ancient story with a cast of more than 100, "Ha: Breath of Life" is an evening spectacle featuring singers, dancers, fire-knife performers and drummers staged in the dramatic 2,800-seat Pacific Theater.
Brent Pritchett, project manager at 4 Wall, specified the Cyranos for the PCC and worked with the Center to set up the new fixtures. "I've always been very happy with the ergonomics of the followspots and their user-friendliness which is important for this customer since a lot of their operators are students without a lot of experience," he explains. "The functionality of the units and the positioning of the fast-locking focusing handles and iris are all designed to make operation easy for non-professionals."
DMX control is also simple, he reports. "It's likely to be the first time behind a followspot for the students so I wanted DMX control of fade outs so everything can be done simultaneously," Pritchett says, " and match the dimmer curve of the rest of fixtures."
Pritchett is a heavy user of the Cyranos' built-in progressive frost feature as well as its color correction and dark blue dichroic filter, which he says are important assets for the PCC's shows. He loaded the fixtures with the automatic self-cancelling six-way boomerang color changer unit, as well.
"It's a great set of features for 'Ha: Breath of Life' and the future shows the Center will stage," he notes. The Cyranos' also are outfitted with long leader cables to keep power supplies out of the way.
"Robert Juliat shipped the lights to Hawaii almost the day they were ordered," Pritchett adds. "and Robert Juliat's customer support has been awesome. The PCC is really happy with their decision to purchase the Cyranos."
About Robert Juliat
Robert Juliat is a three-generation, independent family-run company dedicated to the manufacturing of professional stage lighting products. Robert Juliat lights are used by customers who include Cirque du Soleil, Celine Dion, New York's Lincoln Center, LA's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Bruce Springsteen, Disney Theme Parks, Carnegie Hall, The San Francisco Opera and Ballet, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Comedie Francaise, The Sydney Opera House, plus theatres, schools and public venues around the world.
R&D, production and the company headquarters are based in the village of Fresnoy-en-Thelle, 50 km north of Paris. Robert Juliat USA is located in Wallingford, Connecticut. For more information visit www.robertjuliatamerica.com.