According to one of America’s most prominent theatre artists, David Belasco, “Lights are to drama what music is to the lyrics of a song.” On Saturday, Dec. 16, the Blue Slipper Theatre offers an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of stage lighting with a workshop taught by Livingston director/designer Marc Beaudin.
“Basics of Stage Lighting” is a hands-on workshop designed to give participants the knowledge and tools to successfully create the lighting for live theatre, including terminology, equipment, safety, color mixing, three- and four-point lighting theory, and the process of designing, building and programming a production.
The workshop will benefit anyone wishing to explore lighting design or operation, as well as directors, actors, stage managers, audience members and other theatre folks wishing to further their knowledge of what’s going on behind the scenes of a play. Also, musicians, deejays, venue managers and others involved in any form of live performance will gain valuable skills.
\Beaudin has worked in theatre for nearly 25 years as a scenic, lighting, and sound designer, stage director, and educator. In Michigan, he was the scenic designer/technical director for the 300-seat Pit & Balcony Theatre, as well as Pritchard Theatrical Productions at the historic Colwell Opera House and the Great Lakes regional touring company, For a Good Time Theatre. He was also a founding artistic director of the 303 Collective. Several productions were named as a Top 10 Arts Event of the Year by the Saginaw News, and published reviews of his design work have called it “gorgeous, intriguing and stellar” (Amadeus), “gripping, permeating atmosphere” (The Exonerated), and “nothing short of mesmerizing (No Exit). In Montana, he has directed and designed numerous shows for the Blue Slipper, the Caldera Theatre Company, and Bozeman Actors Theatre.
The workshop, open to anyone age 16 and up, will be held from 1 to 5 pm. No previous experience is necessary to participate, but space is limited – those interested are encouraged to register early. Tuition is $30 and includes all materials. For more information and to register, visit blueslipper.org or call 406-222-7720.