Laura Melohn

Sioux Valley Local Section Science Cafe

Blog Post created by Laura Melohn on Nov 3, 2010

The Sioux Valley Local Section held a Science Cafe  'Demystifying Lighting Special Effects in the Theatre: the Science behind the Design.'  at Leonardo's Cafe, October 1st.  The Cafe was held featuring the NCW theme for 2010, "Behind the Scenes with Chemistry.  Theatrical designers are given the task of collaboratively creating an overall “look” for the stage environment that complements the desired text. Our goal is to transport the audience to another time and place engaging them to take a journey with the characters. In lighting design we use a vast tool kit that includes items like lighting fixtures, accessories, lamps, reflectors, dichorics, color media and atmospherics (haze, fog, dry ice) to create exciting and ever changing environments and special effects. Understanding the mathematical, physical and chemical properties of these various items is imperative in creating the most successful and unique stage environment possible.


Thank you to the Sioux Valley Local Section for providing the information for this blog.