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Morse High School needs to replace the Lightboard in order to keep up with the changing tide of Technology in Theater.
37 backers pledged $6,025 to help bring this project to life.

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Morse High School in Bath, Maine, draws on the communities of Bath, West Bath, Phippsburg, Woolwich, Georgetown, and Arrowsic, Maine. The original school building, a gift to the city from Charles W. Morse, burned down March 24, 1928 and was later rebuilt in 1929. A large addition was made in 1969, and an expanded vocational center was added in 1996. 

As of December 2013, Morse's population is 640 students; 96% Caucasian, 2% African American, 1% Hispanic/Latino, .8% Asian, .5% American Indian/Alaska Native. The student/teacher ratio at Morse is 14:1. Morse's mascot is the Shipbuilder, a tribute to the Bath area's long shipbuilding tradition, which extends all the way to 1607 on Popham Beach in Phippsburg, Maine. The school colors are blue and white.

Home to the Montgomery Theatre, Morse High School has long had an active drama club, which took the district title in the One Act Play competition two years in a row in 2004 and 2005, and again in 2013. Each November for more than 80 years, Morse has held the MOHIBA (MOrse HIgh BAzaar), a talent show where students can perform individually, or in acts with their class, club or team. From 1977 to 1988 MHS students ran a 5-watt radio station whose call letters were changed to WMOS 98.3 "The Rock and Roll Clipper." Morse has a symphonic band, several choral groups, and a jazz band, which competes at local and regional festivals.

Currently our House at 826 needs a new lightboard. Technology has infiltrated the theater and more and more shows are incorporating automated lighting sessions as part of the productions. Outside entities are requesting to use of the facility and currently we do not have a lightboard  that allows for easy access and control of the house lighting in an automated fashion. What we are proposing to purchase and have installed is the following device. 

The cost of our efforts will be as follows:

Lightboard (Element) - $5200.00

Training for the students and advisors - $150.00

New IQ Moving light to work with the Lightboard - $1000.00

Installation is included in the price. Total project price is $6,350.00 of which we potentially have $1,000.00 dollars pledged by a local organization if we can raise the remaining $5,350.00.

Below is more detailed description of the Element that we are trying to fund. 

"The basics of lighting control, redefined. Based on ETC's award-winning Eos® control system but with a simplified feature set in a stand-alone console, Element is designed expressly for modest rigs and maximum hands-on fader control. Element packs in the fundamentals of lighting control. Lighting control in your Element Channel Faders – Not just any channel faders – true LTP channel faders that you can use for simple shows directly or to build up looks for use as submasters or cues, or to actually edit levels stored in subs or cues live. Submasters – Turn a switch, and your channel faders become 40 Submasters for simple playback of live shows. Need subs all the time? The Element 60 provides 20 dedicated submaster faders in addition to the 40 switchable channel/submaster faders. Cue List – Record cues and fade times into Element's single cue list for simple playback of more complex shows using a GO button. When you're ready, use more complex timing functions like cue parts and follows to create more intricate lighting transitions. Effects – Record effects directly into cues or load them into Submasters for even more dynamic lighting looks. Accessory, LED and moving-light controls – At the press of a button, the On-Demand ML Controls appear on screen with tools designed to control smaller numbers of non-intensity equipment like scrollers, gobo rotators and mirror heads for conventional fixtures. Color and Gel Picker tools let you apply just the right color to LEDs and color-mixing accessories and fixtures. Intensity, Focus, Color and Beam Palettes let you store commonly used settings to buttons you can label yourself. ETC quality and support – From on-screen prompts to the Help system to video tutorials to ETC's online Community Forums and acclaimed 24/7 Technical Support – ETC is in your Element. The ideal element for Element Smaller venues like schools and houses of worship with a single console operator or volunteer staffers Rigs outfitted predominantly with conventional fixtures (spotlights, PARs, fresnels, etc. and their accessories – scrollers, mirror heads, gobo rotators, etc.) Rigs with some LED fixtures and/or a small number of simple moving lights.”

Risks and challenges

The primary risk or challenge that we face is the exponential growth in the use of technology in drama productions today. With the onset of social media, YouTube and technology in the school curriculum it has fostered a need to include those students, whose skills surround technology. Outside of academic time these students have limited outlets, school based activities, which promote these newfound skills and include the student in the school community. By upgrading the technology of the theater we can incorporate a more professional atmosphere for the public (which uses the theater and it's resources regularly) as well as provide an outlet and family for students that would have been left out. The other risk or more obstacle than risk is the funding aspect. Technology is rapidly becoming the focal point of education delivery today and school budgets are struggling to adjust accordingly while all the while trying to balance need versus want. Booster programs and funding sources like Kickstarter allow us to augment that effort, provide the means to stay current and not tax the already tight budgets in our schools.

My lifetime of experience with technology in the business world as well as the K-12 world, specifically supporting Video Telephony in education for the past ten years via RUS grants and various other vehicles; allows me, as the president of the Drama Boosters, to make sure that this is the right path for the Morse Drama Program. And that, long term, we are promoting a positive, stable environment and program at Morse High School.

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    With this donation, you will be named in the newsletter as a Bronze Donor and will receive one (1) ticket to MoHiBa for the school year 2014-2015.

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