My students need a low-lying fog effect for their concerts and theatrical productions.
This project expired on August 27, 2016.
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Our students have so much talent and work so hard to put on the best, most entertaining performances possible. They understand that every performer, every element, and every effect adds to the overall effectiveness of a production.
Our young performers are truly amazing.
Despite many disadvantages, they work together to be the best that they can be. In the past two years our program has almost doubled in size as more students choose to take advantage of these opportunities. Ours is a comprehensive high school with just over 2000 students. Seventy five percent of our student body is on the free or reduced-price lunch program and 25% of our students are English language learners. Many of our students aspire to be the first in their family to attend college. We are situated in an unincorporated area of a very large county, which means there is no city to support us and most local businesses claim neighboring cities for their financial support. At 53 years old, our campus and facilities are a little out of date. Yet for all our disadvantages, our students still work tremendously hard to succeed.
In the theater every sense is engaged and helps create an emotional connection that makes live theater and concerts memorable. Audiences expect not only to hear great singing but also to experience a feast for the eyes. Often it is small and simple details that can make the difference between good and great. Imagine a detective scene set in a gritty, urban environment - it's the early morning and the city is still. On the stage you can create backdrops to tell that story, but a little fog can make the scene come alive. Imagine a ballet of fantasy - now picture those dancers looking like they are literally dancing on clouds. These are the kinds of special moments that a low-lying fog machine can help create. Further, a low-lying fog machine keeps the effect right on top of the stage,making it safer for young singer's voices and not obscuring the audience's view of the performers' faces.
A fundamental aspect of any theatrical performance is the suspension of disbelief.
Anything you can do to help the audience believe that what they are seeing, and feeling, is real, makes the performance that much better. Simple, but effective special effects, like a low-lying fog machine will give our students another tool to use to help create those authentic moments that make live performance so special. And special performances stick in the minds of students and parents alike.
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