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Martin MAC Vipers Make Australian Operatic Debut

PLSN Staff • International News • February 18, 2013

MELBOURNE, Australia – Martin MAC Vipers made their Australian operatic debut on a children’s pantomime of “Sleeping Beauty” at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne.

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MELBOURNE, Australia – For the second year running, Victorian Opera staged a pantomime for children at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne. Their 2013 production of Sleeping Beauty saw the return of the creative team behind Victorian Opera’s first pantomime Cinderella, with set design by Julie Nelson and lighting by Richard Vabre. Resolution X supplied the lighting with eight Martin MAC Vipers making their operatic debut in Australia.

“I had been eager to use Martin MAC Vipers for some time and so I pitched the idea to Richard Vabre,” said Peter Darby, Technical Coordinator for Victorian Opera. “He was very keen too and used them throughout the show specifically for some fantastic gobo washes across the stage. The Viper’s multiple gobo wheels are great for this. I was very pleased with their performance; they’re very punchy, fast and bright. I also found them to be fairly quiet which is important for operatic use.

“Both Richard Vabre and myself were really happy with the Vipers and can’t wait to use them again.”

Two JEM Glaciators supplied the low fog effects and looked amazing in combination with the Vipers.

Situated on the front truss were a couple of Clay Paky 1500 Profiles described by Peter as a terrific unit.  Also in the rig were 26 Martin MAC TW1s, one MAC550 Profile, two Atomic strobes, Glasson LEDS Bulbs and many conventionals.

Darby programmed the show on a grandMA 2 console with his MA command wing as a tracking backup run through an MA NPU. Martin, MA Lighting and Clay Paky are distributed in Australia by Show Technology.

Photo: Jeff Busby

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