ASPI launches capital campaign for theatrical lighting

The “Spotlight” in Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. (ASPI) needs some brightening. The community theater organization launched its Light the Way capital campaign on Dec. 1, seeking donations to replace the theatrical lighting at the Nancy Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St., Abrams.

The campaign’s challenge urges 296 people to donate $10 by opening night of “Oklahoma!” on March 14. The number 296 coincides with the number of performances produced since the current lighting was installed in 2011. Donations of any size are appreciated and are accepted at the Support tab of Abramstheater.com. ASPI is a 501(c)3 organization, so donations are tax-deductible. The goal of the campaign is to raise $30,000.

ASPI wants to update its lighting for three reasons. First, the current system provides a general “wash” of light, with limited control over the size and shape of the light area. Second, the lighting system is susceptible to power supply failures and LED light board failures – sometimes occurring during live performances. Third, fixtures are no longer produced, and it’s difficult to find replacement parts.

A new, digital LED lighting system will remedy the operating issues while providing better reliability and flexibility in lighting design. Additionally, the lighting engineer will gain more control over the size, shape, focus and lighting design parameters.

ASPI will partner with Northern Sound and Video to purchase and install the lighting. The theater plans to incorporate multiple long and short throw lights, as well as specialty fixtures. Additionally, ASPI will choose a user-friendly control system. New lights open up new opportunities for the tech crew volunteers to become proficient in the design and operation of theatrical lighting. The new system is expected to meet ASPI’s needs for the next 10 years.