The success of Family Channel’s original show The Next Step has crossed over into the equally popular Wild Rhythm Tour, an arena tour traveling across the Atlantic and reaching the U.K., Spain and Ireland soon. Much of the tour’s success is due to Soundbox Productions’ creative use of Elation products.
Colin Moore, Soundbox Productions’ lighting department head and project manager is also the lighting designer on the Wild Rhythm Tour. After a successful run with Family Channel’s Big Ticket Summer Tour, Moore incorporated an elaborate light show to complement the dancers. Moore has found a working formula using Elation products to cast the dancers as the main focus.
The Next Step Wild Rhythm Tour makes use of five Elation lighting products, including the Elation Extreme Beam SR, Elation Sixpar 200, Elation Cuepix Blinder WW2 and Elation Opti Branch 8. The production also uses the Elation ACL 360 Matrix, of which Moore explains were a huge jump for the tour.
Moore believes that Elation’s pro lighting products have tremendously helped the tour, stating: “The boost in the production technologies package for The Next Step Wild Rhythm Tour – particularly on the lighting side – is a big part of the hype surrounding this most recent outing from Family.”
Colin Moore’s feature can be read in Volume 19, Issue 1 of Professional Lighting & Production magazine. The Next Step dancers will be performing as part of Family Channel’s Big Ticket Summer Tour August 19 through August 28.
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