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Clay Paky Fixtures Selected By Sight & Sound Theater

Sight Sight & Sound Theatres, a company which combines story, song and spectacular staging to bring biblical stories to life, is employing an inventory of Clay Paky lights to visualize and dramatize the epic shows it produces at its Strasburg, Pennsylvania Millennium Theatre. Clay Paky fixtures will also be part of the lighting complement at Sight & Sound‘s new Branson, Missouri theater which is still under construction.

“We have been using Clay Paky products since 1995,” says lighting designer Joe Basinger who has an inventory of 47 Stage Scans, 22 Golden Scan HPEs and eight Astroscans at the Millennium Theatre. “We use them throughout our designs in all of our shows. We have Astroscans mounted in set pieces to create great moving beam effects. We use Stage Scans counter sunk in the stage floor, in moving rovers which can travel anywhere on the stage floor during shows, projecting onto our two 40×100-foot projection surfaces, and creating backdrops for scenes along with photographic gobos.”

Designed for concert, television and theater applications, Clay Paky‘s Stage Scan HMI 1200 features an RGB color-mixing system and special frost filters, including Clay Paky‘s exclusive “flou effect,” plus rotating-prism and gobo-wheel indexing systems.

Golden Scan is an easy-to-use universal scanner with extraordinary light output and projection clarity. Astroscan combines the attributes of Golden Scan with an ingenious, patented head, which rotates and oscillates at variable speeds and inclinations as programmed to produce a staggering quantity of effects.

Sight and Sound purchased its Clay Paky products through PRG in Dallas.

“I use Clay Paky products mainly because of their good optics and the great effects wheels they offer,” Basinger explains. “The effects wheels allow me to come up with many more looks than most other fixtures at this level. I utilize all the prism and frost effects and incorporate many of these effects on our projection screens.”

Sight & Sound‘s flagship Millennium Theatre, a 300-foot wrap-around stage that‘s 80 feet deep with 42-48 foot trims, has an elaborate catwalk system plus seven 105-foot trusses over the main stage. A staff of 25 lighting personnel are on hand to install shows which draw 800,000 guests annually.

The Clay Paky fixtures supplement a roster of more than 2,000 conventional units, an inventory “bigger than 90 percent of the shows staged in the US,” Basinger notes. “We‘re able to use the Clay Pakys to create individual scenes with fewer lights. If we didn‘t have them we‘d need 5,000 conventional lights!”

At the end of March Sight & Sound Theatres will be presenting the show, “In the Beginning,” which has taken two years to design and will be presented in the Millennium Theatre,” says Basinger. “We‘ll be using Stage Scans to create beams through trees and foliage in the Garden of Eden scene, for molten lava effects on the mountain, and for nebula-style projections on the screen and side stages,” he explains. “We will also have Stage Scans in two 80-foot lighting positions which fly into the floor and back out.”

Astroscans will produce beams of light from the center of the Tree of Life set piece. Golden Scans will provide moving-light effects in the house and be projected onto stage sets with crushed dichroic gobos.

The new Sight & Sound Theatre in Branson will feature an inventory of five Clay Paky Stage Scans, 45 Alpha Spot HPEs controlled by ETC‘s new Eos lighting board, and 13 Alpha Washes. The theater is scheduled to open in Spring 2008 with the show, “Noah – the Musical.”

Headquartered in Seriate (Bergamo), Italy, Clay Paky SPA has a history of designing and manufacturing innovative professional show lighting. The company was founded in 1976 by entrepreneur Pasquale Quadri who anticipated the enormous impact the evolution of technology would have on the show and entertainment worlds. For more information on Clay Paky products, please contact:
DAVIDE BARBETTA webmaster@claypaky.it
ERIC MUELLER emueller@claypakyamerica.com ; Cell: 512-848-4403

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