Bring Your Theatre Lighting to Life With These Helpful Tips

Lighting designers are the unsung heroes of stage production. Just imagine a scene where the theatre goes dark, and the spotlight follows the main character through the performance’s pivotal monologue. These are the scenes that stick with an audience, and to pull that off, you’ll need to pay close attention to your lighting.

Be Color Conscious 

The lighting in your next stage production doesn’t have to be monochromatic. Utilizing different color tones can change the way your audience sees the stage, and convey different moods that correspond to each scene. The color of your stage lights can even mimic natural lighting, such as the diffused golden glow of afternoon sunlight through tree branches.

Play With Patterns

In addition to colors, you can also incorporate patterns into your lighting design to achieve some striking results. You can use a variety of materials to accomplish this: cut metals, colored glass, or any number of gobos and LED designs. Create a starry night; a jungle backdrop or even a character’s dream world. Anything is possible with creative pattern work.

Light the Narrative

This is one tip we cannot stress enough: make sure the lighting is in sync with the performance. Thoughtful lighting can breathe new life into a performance, so it’s important to familiarize yourself with the piece before you finalize your design. This way, you can use lighting to gently guide the audience through the play’s narrative and draw attention to important details.

Know Your Gear

Before you start thinking about timing and color theory, make sure you understand your equipment. The last thing you want is for a lighting malfunction to derail the show. If you’re using a venue’s in-house lighting equipment, be sure to spend some time practicing with it before you start developing your lighting design. By the time rehearsals start, you should have a clear understanding of the capabilities and limitations of your equipment.

At Studio 33, we have all the professional lighting equipment you need to make your next theatre production a success. Give us a call or contact us online to learn more about our lighting rentals today!