New lighting at the C. L. Hoover Opera House
New lighting instruments at the C. L. Hoover Opera House usher the theater into the 21st Century. The new LED lights were purchased with funds from the Hoover Koken Foundation, the Friends of the Opera House, Central of Kansas Charities and a $5,000 grant awarded to the Opera House by the Kansas Creative Arts Industry Commission.
The LED lights create an almost infinite number of colors on the Cyclorama (the large white cloth screen at the rear of the stage). The new lights save on electricity, save labor costs and can create deeper, more saturated colors than was previously possible.
In addition to the new lighting instrument, wireless DXM receivers have been added to the other three stage electric batons. DMX is the computer language that control board uses to communicate and operate the new intelligent lighting fixtures. In short, this gives the Opera House lighting the necessary infrastructure to add other intelligent lighting as funds become available.
“This is a very significant addition to our stage lighting. We are extremely grateful to the Hoover Koken Foundation, the Friends of the Opera House, Central of Kansas Charities and the Kansas Creative Arts Industry Commission for helping make this possible.
“It is a big step forward in maintaining this facility as a state-of-the-art facility.” (Joe Markley, Director)
The Jazz Ambassadors, America’s Big Band in their performance Oct. 26th. The new Cyclorama lights are used on the backdrop.
Renovation Photos: Pictures of the renovation are being re-matted in archival (no acid) matts and reframed with museum quality, non-glare glass. Materials have been purchased through funds from the Friends of the Opera House. Mr. Eldon Beichter is donating his time and expertise to make new frames and cut new mats for the 18 renovation photos. A group will be on display in the lobby. The arched passageway has new LED track lighting to enhance their display.