Behind the Scenes – The Secret Gift
Caleb Ngoh, a lighting designer and producer, takes us through the highs and lows of the work he did on The Secret Gift, a Christmas opera.
Over the past year, we have received such a positive amount of feedback, photos, videos and stories from our user base about the highs and lows of being an EventPro, that we decided to share more of this with you. This particular piece was sent in by Caleb Ngoh, a lighting designer and producer, who felt compelled to tell us his event story. The event was a modern Christmas opera dubbed The Secret Gift, which is a play on Christ’s birth, and how this ‘bleak orphanage with wonder found Christmas cheer’.
The story behind the story, the one that EventPros are keen on, was the pure challenge that faced this production team. Hosted in Victory, a venue in Oklahoma, USA, there were 15,000 in attendance across all 4 shows. Victory is a local mega-church that seats approximately 4,000 and is usually sold out.
From a lighting design perspective, there were over 30 fixtures, Clay Paky, Elation and Vari-Light, and were all house owned fixtures. The challenges included:
– one week to build the set, rig the lighting and sound, test environmental projection and rehearse onset,
– the build crew were all volunteers and totalled around 30. All production departments and actors totalled around 250. 90% of these were volunteers!
– the show was a multi-media event, with live acting, dancing, music numbers, cinematic film portions and so on.
– Total lead-time from pre-prod to last show was 3 months. Crikey!
Catch the teaser video here – https://vimeo.com/191883559
The show had epic media reviews. Nuff said.
Here are a few pics from the show: