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Joe-The Monster Musical

29th October 1997

'Joe - The Musical', one of the largest and most technically advanced touring musical productions of its kind ever produced is scheduled to begin touring around Europe following its opening at the Carre Theatre in Amsterdam, Holland.

The production, which features a large amount of hydraulic staging, supplied by Delstar Engineering Ltd. of England, also features a massive lighting system which utilises over 2,000 DMX Channels. All of the lighting equipment for the show was supplied by leading Dutch production company Flashlight from their base in Utrecht to a design by Reinier Tweebeeke, and consisted of High End Systems Cyberlights, Studio Colors, Trackspots and Dataflash along with more than 200 Par 64's, 168 colour scrollers, DHA Light Curtains, a large number of fresnel and pc lanterns, and also featured a Wybron Autopilot system. To control this large amount of equipment, Flashlight used a Flying Pig Systems Wholehog II, and were able to utilise the full capacity of this revolutionary lighting control console with programmer Jeroen Jans at the helm. Full cast rehearsals lasted for one month during which time Jeroen also programmed the Wholehog II in preparation local operators. When running, the show is partly automated with the Wholehog II being triggered manually and by both SMPTE timecode and MIDI show control at various times, producing some amazing results.