White Light has recently added a selection of new equipment to its rental stock for two new UK touring shows, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Edward Scissorhands.
For Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which opened late in 2005 in Sunderland, White Light supplied LD Mark Henderson with 30 Martin MAC 700 spots. The rest of the rig includes 34 Martin MAC 600s wash fixtures, 35 High End Systems Studiobeams, ETC Source Fours, Rainbow color scrollers, L&E battens, Robert Juliat Cyrano followspots, and Unique haze machines and Viper smoke machines, two of which have been adapted for use with the Le Maitre LSG low smoke processor. Control is form a Flying Pig Systems Wholehog 2 with two Overdrive boxes, a Hog unit as backup and two ELC Sidekicks as DMX wings. The Hog is programmed by associate LD and lighting programmer Stuart Porter, while the show's production electrician is Fraser Hall. Richard Bullimore is production manager.
For Edward Scissorhands, the new ballet adapted from the Tim Burton film, LD Howard Harrison was faced with a challenging series of panels made of back-projection material surrounding the set and requiring lighting. The final solution uses 12 Clay Paky Color 400 color-changing floodlights to light these cloths, these units newly purchased for the show by White Light. The rest of the rig includes 16 Vari-Lite VL2000 Spots, 16 VL2000 Washes, one Vari-Lite VL3000, nine VL1000TSs, 24 Martin MAC 600s, two Digital Light Curtains, ETC Source Fours, six 90-degree Selecon Pacifics, High End Dataflash strobes, Rainbow color scrollers, and nine White Light VSFX effects projectors. The show is also using 16 of the new White Light Snow machines. The entire rig is controlled from a Strand 520i console programmed by Vic Smerdon; the show's production electrician is Andy Murrel, and the production managers are Simon Byford and Ed Wilson.
The new equipment for these tours is also now available from White Light's rental stock, with the MAC 700s already being used by other shows, including the pantomime Aladdin at the Old Vic, lit by David Hersey. The shows join other touring shows using White Light's equipment, including Miss Saigon, Footloose, Sleeping Beauty On Ice, and others, as well as many productions in the West End and around the UK.