Chroma-Q Color Force for Phantom of the Opera Tour
Chroma-Q Color Force 72 RGBA LED battens were specified by lighting designer Paule Constable for the new Cameron Mackintosh UK and Ireland touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of The Opera.
Constable had not used Color Force products before, but sought a powerful, well sized light source that could be utilized as an even spread soft light tool to illuminate the numerous drapes that give Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic, successful musical its unique period flavor and ambience.
Constable contacted Chroma-Q's exclusive UK dealer, A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd., and spoke to their Northern lighting sales manager, Kevin Fitz-Simons about the capabilities of the product range.
"For me they were easily the best" out of all the choices, Constable confirms, "The color mixing is brilliant, especially in that pale 'sludgy' area of the spectrum which I use a lot, and they generally offer an excellent theatre palette and really bring the cloths alive."
Reliability was another key factor as the tour is on the road for at least a year. The Color Force 72s were purchased from AC-ET especially for the Phantom tour by lighting rental contractor, Stage Electrics.
Mark Burnett from Stage Electrics comments: "The units have proved to be extremely reliable, and the light output is excellent. The Color Force 72's are a great addition to our rental inventory."
At each venue, the Color Force 72 units were positioned on LX bars two and three. They are also the ideal size needed to fit into the show's rig, which is tight for lighting positions over the stage. They are built into customized truss sections for ease of travelling, speed of rigging, and fitting into the available space.
Lighting tour chief, Matt Rutter operates lighting for the show while on the road and the production is Ian Moulds.