Console gives MTO flexibility

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Musical Theatre Oamaru has acquired a new lighting console, thanks in part to an $1800 grant from Youthtown.

The second-hand console is a smaller version of the one used at the Oamaru Opera House, where MTO stages many of its productions.

MTO president Dan Lewis said the new lighting desk would allow the organisation to stage smaller productions at different venues.

“It means we can use it for our children’s theatre and smaller productions, like our dinner theatre, outside the Opera House.

“It gives us the flexibility we need .. there are a lot of changes of lighting with these shows.”

He said it meant MTO could use “intelligent lighting” and LED lighting more effectively, and cover a larger range of lighting colours and effects.

Because it was essentially the same as the lighting desk used at the Opera House, it was also ideal for training new lighting technicians.

“The ability to train people up is hugely important to us as an organisation. We have got to have a succession plan in place and it’s good to have some young blood coming through.”

MTO is constructing an 800sq m facility in Trent St, which will feature a stage that is the same dimensions as the main stage at the Opera House.

Mr Lewis said from a lighting point of view, it would mean MTO’s lighting technicians would have an easier job when it came to setting up lighting for rehearsals, and then at the Opera House for major shows, where they could replicate a layout exactly.