Lighting & Production Training – Civic Centre Opening

As part of the Opening Celebrations of the Civic Centre, Kicking Horse Culture has made arrangements with Ballet Kelowna’s

Ballet Kelowna in the "old" Civic Centre

Production Manager Tom Bradshaw to teach and mentor lighting and stage production techniques to Golden volunteers. This is a call to local volunteers for expressions of interest to participate in this training opportunity. The training will be offered for free to a select group of volunteers who can commit to learning and practicing throughout the opening week events. The training will touch on both the technical and the aesthetic aspects of the job.

Send an email to info(at)kickinghorseculture.ca expressing your interest to participate. Let us know if you have any relevant previous experience.

For folks who display aptitude for the work entailed, there will be opportunity for volunteering on future KHC Live Kicks productions. For those who develop a skill set, there may also be future opportunity for one or two trainees for part-time, paid work in the hall at future events and activities.

Opening Week Training Schedule:

Wednesday, Dec. 28: 9:30 am to 5pm (lunch will be offered) Mandatory attendance
You will receive both “classroom” and hands-on training throughout the day.

Volunteers will then sign up for teams in shifts to staff the following schedule (TBA):

Thursday, Dec. 29: 9:30am through 11pm
Hands-on training and practice as the team goes through pre-show setting, sound and lighting checks and actual show.

Friday, Dec. 30: 9:30am through 11pm
Hands-on training and practice as the team goes through pre-show setting, sound and lighting checks and actual show.

Saturday, Dec. 31: 9:30am through until 1:30am 
Hands-on training and practice as the team goes through pre-show setting, sound and lighting checks and actual show.

Here is some background on Tom Bradshaw and what he will cover during the week:

Tom Bradshaw has been working in the Performing Arts for the last 10 years, specializing in Lighting, Stage Management, and Production Management. He is currently working for Ballet Kelowna as their Production Manager, touring throughout Western Canada. Tom has toured to the Civic Centre with Ballet Kelowna in the last 5 years.

In his spare time, he works at the Kelowna Community Theatre and Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre as an on-call technician. Tom also works with various other Arts Organizations on short term contracts for productions such as The Nutcracker, Okanagan Summer Dance Intensive, and also provides technical consultations for various venues.

Ben Adama on the lighting catwalk in the "new" Civic Centre

Armed with only a light board and a few lights & gels, the stage lighting technician is often the unsung hero of the theatre production process, adding texture, light, shadow, dimension, and nuance to the visual aspects of any stage production. Stage lighting can make a scary scene more frighting, a romantic scene lovelier, or a suspenseful scene even more intense–and all it takes is a little knowledge, a love of stagecraft, and a commitment to supporting your production through light and color.

Through a series of practical exercises and demonstrations, you will learn how to approach lighting for many areas of live performance, including theatre, live music, dance and special events. We will be starting with Lighting 101 basic’s, and then proceeding further with the comfort levels of those in attendance. There will be ample opportunities to run rehearsals and performances during the opening week celebrations.