AFYP In the Know: A Technical Journey, Part II

Last time, we learned about the elements of a set design and everyone who works to make it happen. This week, we'll share how a lighting design is created.

The warm light of the village during the day

The warm light of the village during the day

Adam Lemos was our lighting designer for Beauty and the Beast, Jr. It's his job to create the look of the show. Lights can be used to create mood, tension, show time of day, or even aid with magic. Adam shares his favorite moment of the design: "The thing I am proudest of about the lighting in Beauty and the Beast is the moment of the Beast’s death and transformation. It was a tough challenge: to figure out a way to keep the pivotal moment of Belle’s “I love you” lit enough to have an impact while still obscuring the stage magic of the transformation; but when combined with the blocking it was a moment that worked really well when executed properly."

The cooler look of the village in the evening

The cooler look of the village in the evening

Just like the scenic designer, the lighting designer is not alone! Adam has Maggie Riegel, the electrician, to help him out. An electrician carries out the design. Her job is to go up into the lighting grid and focus the lights. When you focus a light, you adjust all of the parts on the instrument to make sure the light will hit the correct part of the stage. This is how special looks like the "Beauty and the Beast" dance are created.