A former student at Dr. Phillips High School Theatre Magnet in Orlando, Florida, has been making creative use of GLP’s cutting state-of-the-art X4 series to light school productions.
Michael Pagan’s interest in lighting design dates back to his school days, starting off in the theatre world. "I became more and more interested in the art of lighting during middle school and when I first did my internship at PRG Orlando I saw GLP’s X4’s being tested for the first time and witnessed how much they could do,” he remembers.
He says there was much that impressed him about the fixture. "They are light weight but have the brightness equivalent to an arc lamp. The vibrant colours, where I can go from a pastel look to a deep saturated colour, and the large number of patterns built in, also stood out. Personally, my favourite feature is the zoom, which is so dynamic, going from a beam to covering a stage in colour in a matter of seconds. It’s such a versatile light.”
As an alumnus of Dr. Phillips High School, he was invited by the school’s Theatre Director, Jason Whitehead, to design the production of 'Rent', the opening show of the new season. "I specifically asked to use the impression X4 again as I had used them on an earlier show in order to demo them to Jason. When even the fixture stands out to the Director you know it’s definitely worth it.”
After the four day season had completed, Michael quickly moved on to another show called 'Songs Of A New World', where he is again using the X4 — this time as a front wash as well as moving specials throughout the show. "Again I have been taking full advantage of their zoom and colour.”
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