Allentown High School Theater was built in 1972 and hasn't had much modification since. For years, the theater has served the school well, however it's beginning to show wear and tear. Most of our technology is outdated, and the newer technology that we do have is barely compatible with the older equipment being used with it. Just this year, we were granted a new sound board. Now, we want to get our lighting system up to date too. Our lighting board is old, as are all of the lights. Lots of the lights need new parts and need to be repaired, and some of them need to be replaced entirely. The two moving lights - or "spotlights" - that we have are newer, however are very difficult to use with the older board controlling them. The technology is not only used by large productions such as the musical, but it is also heavily utilized by the drama and dance classes, along with school functions and events held in the theater. In addition, most of the special lighting seen in large productions such as the musical is done using a rented program and equipment - we do not have the capacity to program such impressive displays on our own. Our theater program has grown to a degree that cannot be sufficiently supported by the technology and installations we are currently equipped with. The Allentown auditorium has become a second home to so many, and we would all love to see our technology revamped so that it can be enjoyed even more. Our goal is $6,000. Help us light up the Allentown stage!
Where will the money go?
ETC Element Control Console - $4,672.95
New lights and replacement parts
Special Event Lighting
Risks and challenges
Allentown is currently equipped with an overall older system, which is installed in an overall older building. If successful, this will be one of the first big new investments into the theater. There is a possibility that we will run into compatibility issues and be faced with unexpected costs due to old equipment. We will also need to do our research when it comes to installation, so that the technology and system is installed correctly and safely the first time. With new technology, there is always a learning process. It will take some time to learn the ins and outs of the new board so that we can work it efficiently and take full advantage of what it has to offer.
As for installation and compatibility issues, we will have to do our research and make sure to hire someone who knows how to work with and convert from older technology. Hopefully, we will raise enough money to cover any unexpected costs that arise from the installation process. If we are able, we may hire someone to teach us how to operate the board, and if not all of us on tech will have some heavy manual reading to do. We have the support from the Board of Education and the Education Foundation in our efforts, along with support from the school as a whole and the Allentown and theater community.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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