A Method of Lighting the Stage

A Method of Lighting the Stage

A Method of Lighting the Stage

A Method of Lighting the Stage

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Stage lighting excites the interest of almost every theatre goer because of its basic dramatic character. It gives visibility where and when it is wanted. It simulates the wonders of natural light; the glory of a colorful sunset, the coziness of the campfire. It expands the horizon of the artist to bring life to color even beyond the vividness of the stained glass window and it vitalizes a plastic picture with lights and darks, deep shadows and glaring highlights if desired, as no other visual medium of design can provide. And finally in its brightness and darkness, its color and pattern, it creates an atmosphere that is inherently dramatic; maybe not always what we expect but a challenge to conquer and to control the medium light which is a sense provides a new horizon for artistic expression.

Stage lighting can also lead the way in other uses of light. With a free choice such as the stage gives us, the limitations of cost and practicality are non-existent to a large degree and flexibility and adjustment are provided to allow the imagination of the artist free reign. It is to this new artistic endeavor that this book is dedicated. And it is within the discipline of the theatre in its best sense that dramatic lighting will flourish.

The design, or more specifically, the planning and . . .

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