Magazine article Stage Directions

Talking Turkey

Magazine article Stage Directions

Talking Turkey

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In the technical theater hierarchy, lighting may be near the top when it comes to importance. Without illumination, you can't see the show. Yet even when a show is well lit, there's more to lighting than mere functionality. It's an art, manifested by a craftsmanship emanating from both the director's vision of the show and the lighting designer's mission to convey it with precise, nuanced work. However, even the most brilliantly inventive lighting design can be sabotaged by subpar lighting equipment. In this month's special section on lighting fixtures and controls, Amy Slingerland offers keen insight into choosing the best lighting tools for a show ("Bright Decisions," page 60). To get the most well-informed advice, Amy interviewed some of the country's top designers, whose credentials range from Broadway to the club circuit.

How long has it been since you last updated your console? During the Reagan administration? Or worse yet, was it during the time of the Hustle? If so, then it behooves you to turn immediately to Lisa Mulcahy's article ("Passing The Boards," page 56) on all you need to know about upgrading your console for the current millennium. If this has been on your agenda, you may want to clip this article out for future reference.

And the mathematically challenged may want to check out Bill Magod's informative piece on breaking down the budget for a show ("Crunching Numbers, " page 37). Using simple, unembellished language and clear examples. Bill untangles the complexity of the whole fiscal process.

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