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Robe RoboSpot systems for “School of Rock - The Musical” in Sydney
Sydney Catholic Schools presented four special performances of “School of Rock - The Musical” in an arena spectacular based on the original Broadway show and staged at the 16,000-capacity Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia.
Lighting designer Mark Hammer created the lighting design and found a Robe RoboSpot solution for his extensive follow spotting needs. Hammer worked under the direction of Great Big Events, who produced the show on behalf of Sydney Catholic Schools.
The stage was designed with a 270-degree viewing angle, complete with a full choir at the back for some sections of the show, and a prominent “B” stage in the middle of the arena floor for “rock out” moments, so Hammer needed multiple follow spots. He specified four Robe RoboSpot systems to run twelve BMFL FollowSpot moving lights.
The BMFL FollowSpots were paired with four RoboSpot BaseStations each running three fixtures, all supplied by Sydney based lighting vendors Chameleon Touring Systems. This was the first time Hammer had spec’d the remote follow system, although he admits to being impressed with it since one of the early Australian demo sessions presented by distributor Jands back in 2018.
Using RoboSpots was not only “significantly easier” for Hammer operationally than calling twelve individual manually operated follow spots, but it was also quicker and more practical for the Chameleon crew to rig the BMFL fixtures and set up the four base stations which were backstage to the rear of one of the arena’s vomitory entrances.
The BMFLs were all front spots, positioned on the ends and at the centre of the advanced truss which was above the audience just in front of the downstage edge of the main stage. This allowed Hammer to track the principals from multiple angles wherever they were as they moved around the stage and out in the arena to the B-stage. The Chameleon crew were chiefed by Anthony Carlon.
(Photos: Great Big Events/Chameleon Touring Systems/Louise Stickland/Paul Clarke)
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