4-18-13 Morrison light board

Members of donor organizations that provided the new light board at Morrison High School are (from left) Nick Bonneur, Children's Art Preservation Association; Bob Stone, Morrison Music Theater Association; Anne Frame, Morrison Education Foundation; Carol Wolf, Children's Art Preservation Association; Darnell Blacklock, Morrison Music Boosters; and David Bean, MHS music instructor. Submitted photo

The Clinton Herald

MORRISON, Ill. — A group of Morrison organizations have contributed funds to purchase a new light board for the Morrison High School auditorium.

The board is a sophisticated computer controller that operates all stage lights for theater and musical productions.

The board can set light intensity, light groupings, up-fade and down-fade times and control light color. An entire show may be programmed into the computer so the operator need only push one button to change lighting from scene to scene.

The new light board became a necessity in the spring of 2012 when, just prior to the opening of the MHS musical “Anything Goes,” the old light board failed. It had served well for many years but could no longer be repaired.

Technical director for “Anything Goes,” David Bean, commented on the failing light board, “We had to quickly rent a temporary board from our light supplier in Peoria to get us through the show. The rental board had only basic capabilities, so it made the job for the light controller much more difficult. We should be very happy with this new board.”

Organizations that have contributed to the new light board are the Children’s Art Preservation Association, Morrison Rotary Club, Morrison Education Foundation, the Morrison Music Theater Association, the Morrison Music Boosters and Morrison Community Unit 6.