Theatre Lighting Design, Technical Direction and Consulting

Charles R. Kaiser
Aurora, Ontario CANADA

Taking Steps Lighting Plot
Taking Steps by Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by David Johnson, Setting by Randy Ward,
Lighting Design by Charles R. Kaiser
Playhouse 460 - Blacksburg, Virginia

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Taking Steps was a challanging show to light due to the set design. Randy Ward's design for Taking Steps superimposed three floors of a house all at stage level (attic, first floor and ground floor). The stage floor was laid out like a game board and all of the walls were mirrored. Careful focus of each lighting instrument was required to ensure that none of the audience members were annoyed by the reflection of a light from one of the mirrored walls.

Each "room" of the set was lit seperately from the other but in such a way as for all of the areas to be used at the same time during the show. Practical lights in each area were used to indicate some of the sources.

The Importance of Being Earnest - Act I The Importance of Being Earnest - Act II
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Directed by P. A. (Tony) Distler, Setting by Randy Ingram,
Lighting Design by Charles R. Kaiser
Playhouse 460 - Blacksburg, Virginia
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The design concept of The Importance of Being Earnest was to reflect the work of Aubrey Beardsley. The set was conceived as Beardsley prints and the director wanted the entire look of the show to have an flat "2D" quality to it almost as if the print had come to life. Lighting was to be static, the director wanted no internal changes. Only two distinct looks were created for the show. Act I was set as slightly sepia tone with Act being more black and white.

The flat panels of the set needed to have as few shadows on them as possible. Due to the proximity of the front truss to the set panels and the overall height of the set, lensless fresnels were used to wash the panels with special masks in the gel frame holders to cut down on lighting spill around the panels

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