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The Miller Theatre Installs CHAUVET Professional Fixtures

by Victoria Wasylak • in
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• Created: October 31, 2018

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Following a renovation, The Miller Theatre now features a robust new lighting rig anchored by CHAUVET Professional Rogue and Ovation fixtures.

“I’ve been a big fan of Chauvet fixtures ever since I learned about the line from my friend John Berrett, who I respect a great deal as a lighting designer,” said Jason Aycock, house LD at the Miller Theatre. “They have great output and even the movers are quiet for our purposes.  What’s really important for us at this venue is their versatility. We have a lot of shows and events here that represent all kinds of genres, from plays, to concerts, to spoken word, to anything else you can imagine. Things like the wide zoom range and zones of pixel control in the Rogues really help us vary looks night after night.”

The Miller Theatre has 12 Rogue R2 Washes designated for its stage deck. Aycock varies the arrangement of these fixtures depending on the show being lit. “The Rogues are compact, easy to move and rugged,” he said. “This makes it easy for us to reposition them. Plus, since they’re movers, we can always get different lighting angles from the same fixture position.”

An additional five Rogue R2 Wash fixtures are flown on downstage truss and are used for specials, lighting the stage apron, down washing and audience lighting. “I love these fixtures for the even, brilliant coverage and response I get from them when moving between cue stacks and scenes,” said Aycock.

The Miller Theatre house rig also includes 26 Ovation E-260WW warm white ellipsoidal fixtures and three STRIKE 4 units. Hung on downstage truss, the Ovation fixtures are used for key lighting and stage washing. The STRIKE 4 fixtures are hung on the first electric and are used as crowd blinders.

“We’re very nimble with the rig we have,” said Aycock. “Rob Boggs, our Production Manager, deserves a lot of credit for putting together a lighting and sound rig as well as a team that is flexible enough to handle all kinds of shows.”   

Photo Credit: Peter David Wood

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