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A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting Third Edition, 3rd Edition by Steven Louis Shelley

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Chapter 1

A Review

INTRODUCTION

The general purpose of a theatrical presentation is to entertain, educate, and communicate ideas. That presentation is often comprised of a script, dance, or music, interpreted by performers and design elements, all unified by the director’s overall concept. Lighting is one of those design elements, and for a lighting design to successfully achieve its purpose, it can’t conceptually or physically take place in a vacuum. Instead, it has to work in conjunction with the other design elements, the performers, and the directorial concept.

Similarly, the physical components of a lighting design must work in tandem with the other various elements of the physical and non-physical environment, including the theatrical ...

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