A light board is a piece of equipment used to control the lights in a theater
. These devices vary in complexity, from simple sets of manual
sliders controlling the intensity of individual lights, to computerized
systems that can hold light presets for a number of shows, and execute each one at the press of a button, whether it's a crossfade, a complex chase sequence or a simple blackout
. (some would argue that the computerized systems are lacking a human touch
). Most of them are capable of handling a large number of lights, from 32 for your school or community theater
to hundreds for concerts and light shows.
I love running lights. You get to help create something wonderful without worrying about forgetting your lines
. Plus, you get to see a free play. Hell, in some places, I think they pay you!