Before you can sit down and start a light plot, even for a play, you need to know the physical criteria f the location. For the concert lighting designer, there are some added twists. It is impractical to look over floor plans for the 40 or more facilities in which the artist will perform on a tour. But, because facilities will vary in width, height, and power availability, it is difficult to design without this information. Where do you get your facts? Usually it is the road manager or, possibly on a large tour, the production manager.

The chances are slim that a city-by-city, hall-by-hall, in-person survey will be possible a month or two before the show hits the road; the schedule usually arrives a week or less before the first ...

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