Pierre Players to Hold Performance Lighting and Flat Building Workshops

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Pierre Players is excited to bring Black Hills Community Theatre Technical Director Rodger Hartley to the Grand Opera House for a workshop on performance lighting on Nov. 20-21.


A Pierre native and former Pierre Players volunteer, Hartley has extensive knowledge of the lighting set up and light board at the Grand Opera House. He will demonstrate how to set up a repertoire lighting configuration for Pierre Players’ stage and teach volunteers how to customize the lights and control board.


On Saturday, Nov. 20, the workshop will focus on lighting theory and how to move and adjust the lights. The training will involve climbing ladders. On Sunday, Nov. 21, the focus will be on how to program the control board to make the performance light cues flow seamlessly. Workshop times on both days are 1-7 p.m. CST at the Grand Opera House at 109 S. Pierre St. in Pierre.


Theater lighting is used to draw focus to the character or element it is highlighting. It can be used to separate a character from the backdrop and surrounding characters, often for an important piece of dialog or to emphasize the action, emotion or expression of the character.


On Saturday, Dec. 11, Pierre Players will hold a flat building workshop at 10 a.m. CST at the Grand Opera House. The workshop will be led by Scott Hipple, who has built numerous Pierre Players’ sets. Volunteers will replace the canvas on 10-foot flats used for set construction. Volunteers are also needed to help with other maintenance at the Grand Opera House, such as organizing the paint room, re-numbering audience seats and rows, and painting the Encore Room/Box Office.


For more information about the workshops, upcoming Pierre Players productions, auditioning or getting involved, visit or email

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cheryl reed said on 11/3/2021:
would like to attend. Do you sign up somewhere?

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