Lighting Dimmers needed for Strand

posted by Simon Overton on August 9, 2007 at 7:55 am

SANTA ANA, CA — On behalf of Joseph Musil’s magnificent little Strand Theatre located in the American Museum of Theatrical Design, Santa Ana, CA, I am appealing for help needed with our stage lighting system.

We use household dimmers which are constantly burning out due to the fact that they are old, overloaded, overworked and overheat. To say the least; NOT SAFE period!

Urgently needed is a 24-pack, 110 volt system. These will be fed from a series of 12 circuit breakers supplying a total of 1,000 amps of power.

I am the Stage Manager and have donated all new lamps, wiring and plugs.

As a California registered, non-profit 501©(3) all volunteer organization we cannot afford to replace our faulty equipment and wonder if there is an “angle” (out there in the audience) willing to donated to our cause?

A tax deductible receipt will be promptly sent and I will personally pay shipping!

Please any helpful info-to-know or contacts or see the Strand Theatre Santa Ana, Ca) on C.T.’s listing.

Very many thanks for assistance from anyone.

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Comments (2)

PGlenat on August 9, 2007 at 9:17 am

Do you have any specifications or requirements in mind for the proposed equipment, as well as a budget? Having gone through a similar predicament a number of years ago I have a vague idea of costs for theatrical equipment. Fortunately I wasn’t paying for it, but the necessary funds came out of a recreation equipment budget and we only had so much to work with each quarterly period. We had to go begging for the rest. Often it was a case of “make do” with whatever we could scrounge or patch together. As I recall it took a long time to assemble an adequate lighting board and we planned far ahead for future acquisitions whenever funds became available.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on August 10, 2007 at 1:43 pm

Hello Sam:
Regretfully there is NO budget. We do not make enough for the crippling rent let alone other needed items. We all donate our time as well as certain funding to keep this place alive, but enough is enough.
It is estimated that needed equipment is $600 bottom line. I’ve tried fund raisers, phone calls to local lighting places and begging from friends… but the batteries in their hearing aids have run down. Friends? what a bunch of jokers! Need I say more?

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