Continued from October 2007 CTI Newsletter
Interview with Greg Husinko
When Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer were asked by the management of LeReve a year after the show opened to join the design team and to create a totally new lighting design, they brought in Greg Husinko as their Production Electrician. Already one of the largest and most technically complicated shows on the strip, Jules, Peggy and their Third Eye Studio team designed and Greg and his crew implemented innovative new effects. We had a chance to ask Greg a few questions about the show and his role in the production.
CTI: What exactly is your title on the show and what are you responsible for?
I was titled the Production Electrician. I did all the layout and
coordination with the house tech and electrician ( the wondrous Janene
Pettus ) for the new lighting rig whilst maintaining the
existing show intact, for the four months between the first dark period and
the date the previous show lighting could be removed. Many of the new
lighting positions were new to the room and required some engineering
and creativity to meet the needs of the lighting design. Of
course City Theatrical was very helpful with special hardware and
How is it different hanging a large Las Vegas show than working on
Broadway or on tour?
One of the biggest differences was not using a rental shop and having to order
and receive new purchased equipment. Doing much of the "shop
work" in the Theatre and not having that supply of bits you usually
bring to the Theatre. Also building the show into a pre-shaped space
rather than a bare stage with the scenery and lighting designed at the same
What new lighting was added to the show and why?
GH: The new lighting is about 200 Vari-Lite® 3500/3000.
Describe the “Beach Rail” and its role in the lighting.
The BR is a new lighting position at the pool level. It is 36 VL3500s enclosed for
water tight integrity. The fixtures are inverted and covered with domes
on an angle to the pool. The fixtures have a great range of motion
across the pool and back to the house. The domes are covered with
a dome of CT supplied louver to stop the light from glaring at the
audience to make the domes black and keep the domes from shining back from
lights that cross at them.
What were the challenges in installing and programming the Beach Rail
The enclosed box needed 20 tons of air conditioning and installing the
fixtures in an arc to the pool and keeping a one inch or less relationship
to the inside of the dome required a bit of alchemy.
What other new technology did you invent or implement for the show?
GH: Because most locations are circle trusses or some form of truss, and for repeatability, CTI supplied Moving Light Hardware redesigned for a tight arc, with the female part of the connection on the fixture and the male part or puck on the hanging position so that the curve of the position need not turn the slots.
Also new Lycian 3000 watt follow spots with a short throw and small package, to allow them to fit in the spaces in the ceiling the design needed for a nice high angle.
but a few fixtures and units in the show have a CTI custom louver accessory to make
it possible to have the fixture work so well in their circular location and
not affect the audience's viewing of the show, this includes follow spots and
non Vari-Lite gear.
Production Electrician Greg Husinko
The "Beach Rail" utilizes 36 VL3500s under waterproof domes covered with black louver to make the lights disappear when not on, and to minimize distractions with they are on.
Beach Rail in action--note seats just an arms length away
The full Beach Rail surrounding the pool
The incredibly beautiful design in action