Thanks to the efforts of the capital campaign donors, local fundraising performers, OCCA board, staff and volunteers and capital campaign committee, Phase 4 was completed in March of 2015.
The 27-year-old lighting system in the Alice Silverman Theatre was well past its expected life span of 15 years. The control equipment was obsolete and could not be repaired. The old technology was restrictive to set up, expensive to operate and not energy-efficient.
New state-of-the-art, energy-efficient and flexible lighting equipment and control systems were installed in the Alice Silverman during March 2015. The Red Octopus Theatre Company’s production of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew and the season-ending concerts of the Newport Symphony Orchestra debuted and celebrated Phase 4.
The enhanced programming technology will allow for increased flexibility in design and execution of theatrical lighting plans. Operations Manager and Technical Director Ron Miller stated, “On the design level, the range of colors from just one instrument gives an unlimited set of choices as opposed to the old lighting system. This adds a level of creativity that wasn’t available before.”
Ernie Brown, lighting designer for some of the resident artist teams says the new lighting system gives “fantastic illumination and color control that allows for artistic expression in lighting design.”
The new system allows for lighting set-ups to be double-hung, which both enhance the flexibility and capacity of the Alice Silverman Theatre. Combined with the completion of the Sound and Acoustic Phases, the theatre can now be rapidly reconfigured to accommodate multiple performances in a single day or across a multiple day performance schedule.
The OCCA and Capital Campaign Committee thank the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Bill and JoAnn Barton, Henry Lea Hillman, Jr. Foundation, Toyota Northwest/Toby Murry Motors and general lighting donors for support of Phase 4.
In addition, the OCCA thanks the many contributors who honored the late Lavern Weber with contributions to "Lights for Lavern."