Backstage with Vari-LiteStories and pictures from "Vari-Lite Backstage" feature recent shows/tours that have used VARI*LITE® products. This list will be updated periodically...so check back to find out where we go backstage next. For information on how you can be included in Backstage, contact Bryan Matthews.
2010 MTV Video Music Awards
On September 12, 2010, the MTV Video Music Awards aired live to a world-wide audience. Behind the lighting was LD Tom Kenny who used 60 VLX Wash, 150 VL3000 Spot, 70 VL3500 Wash FX, 200 VL3500 Wash, 40 VL2500 Spot, and 40 VL500 Arc Wash Luminaires, to bring the show to life. Additional crew members included Set Designer Florian Weider, Gaffers Mike Grimes and Ronnie Skopac, Programmers Mike Appel and Dan Boland, and Techs Jason Livingston and John Ellar.
Grilling on the 4th of July
We all know that grilling is serious work, but doing it on the 4th of July with a house full of hungry guests requires some additional battle gear to make it all go right. Chris Jeffries-Dowling reminds of this with some great shots of his 4th of July celebration. Freakshow shirts aren't just for showtime anymore.
Painted to match the house rig at the Metropoltian Opera, lighting tech Howard Davidson took a moment to show us his handy work.
Walt Disney World Tech Training
Technical Trainer Todd Kessler recently competed a VARI*LITE luminaire training course at Disney World in Orlando, FL. During the 3-day course, Kessler provided the technical team with the latest technical and maintenance information for the VLX Wash, VL3000 Spot, VL3500 Spot, VL2500 Spot and Wash, and the VL500 Wash luminaires which are all being used throughout the theme park.
Santa Fe Opera Demo with the VLX and VL3500 Wash
On a recent trip to New Mexico, Vari-Lite RSM Leo Miller stopped by the Santa Fe Opera for a product demo with the VLX Wash and VL3500 Wash luminaires.
How's this for a promo?
Philips Vari-Lite RSM Ray Whitton sent in this shot from the Hollywood Bowl performance of Sir Paul McCartney, where he was visiting LD Roy Bennett. We love it when great lights, get together with great lighting designers to make a great performance.
Aerosmith in Holland
On a recent trip to Holland, lighting designer Bryan Hartley took a moment to snap a shot with Philips Vari-Lite RSM Ray Whitton who was traveling on vacation. On this leg of the tour, Flashlight supplied Bryan with a rig full of VARI*LITE luminaires consisting of VL3000 Spot and VL3500 Wash fixtures to make a fantastic show.
DWR Makes Massive VARI*LITE Sale
Philips Vari-Lite South African distributor, DWR Distribution, has delivered the sale of 120 VARI*LITE luminaires to Gearhouse Splitbeam, the theatre lighting division specialist of the Gearhouse South Africa Group of Companies. The deal was co-ordinated by Gearhouse Splitbeam's Alistair Kilbee and DWR's Duncan Riley and is the largest sale of VAR*LITE fixtures to date in South Africa, and also the first purchase of the premium brand by Gearhouse.
Brian Jenkins at the controls for the "Play On Tour"
While in Nashville, Thommy Hall stopped by the Carrie Underwood "Play On Tour" to check out the wonderful work of lighting designer Bud Horowitz and to say hello to lighting director Brian Jenkins who is controlling a whole lot of VAR*LITE luminaires from Bandit Lites.
David Smith - A lighting programmer's fashion statement
When working behind the board, lighting programmer David Smith likes for his apparel to match the rig through a fashion statement that will never go away.