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Nick Ho Lights Imagination for Trolls at Universal Studios Singapore with CHAUVET Professional

The world of imagination is indeed “boundless,” as the philosopher Rousseau observed. It is also a very happy place to be. Just ask the thousands of children of all ages, who are journeying into that world every day at Universal Studios’ Pantages Theatre in Singapore to see “Trolls: Hug Time Jubilee”. Inspired by the Trolls film series, the new live theatrical productions features Queen Poppy, Branch, Guy Diamond, Cloud Guy and all the other refreshingly original characters that have made Trolls movies a favorite of parents and children across the world.

Helping the Trolls cast of characters come to life at Pantages is a dynamic and richly texture colourful lighting design by Nick Ho that features 44 x CHAUVET Professional fixtures, including 32 x Rogue R3X Washes.

Working with programmer Justin Poh, Ho deftly uses intense, focused light to enhance the vivid quality of the cast members (all of whom are dressed in character costumes), as well as the inflatable timecode-triggered flowers that were positioned at the end of the stage.

Ho hits the costumed characters and scenic elements with light from all angles with his Rogue R3X Wash fixtures. He uses 18 of the RGBW washes as top lights, positioning four on the first truss, four on LX2, six on LX3 and four on LX4. For front washing, he relies on four of the Rogue R3X units. To create a completely immersive colour-scape on the stage, he has four of the Rogue fixtures on T3 for floor washing. Included in this group are two units on back ring trusses.

The wide 12-39° zoom range of the Rogue R3X Wash has helped Ho create varied looks, while adding to the dramatic effect of the production by changing coverage areas. Also, increasing the impact of the lighting was the fixture’s smooth 16-bit dimming, which resulted in smooth fades. Another element of the production is the colourful backdrop made of PVC fabrications, featuring a forest garden scene. Ho has added extra life to this beautiful panorama by up lighting scenic elements with 12 x COLORdash Quad H12X IP units.

Drawing on the extensive colour mixing prowess of this RGBAW + UV wash, he has been able to cover the forest backdrop in a range of soft hues, giving it a dreamy magical quality that reflects the spirt of a show that is itself is driven by imagination.

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