SCUSD crews help set the stage for Einstein’s theater program

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Crews installing professional stage lighting at Einstein

Albert Einstein Middle School now has professional stage lights to lend professionalism to its growing drama program, thanks to SCUSD Facility Support Services crews.

Einstein has  a partnership with Sacramento Theatre Company to produce two plays each year. Last year, for each play the school rented lights to contribute to the professionalism of the productions.

After seeing the rented lights, electricians Jeff Morris and Paul Banks alerted Principal Garrett Kirkland to previously purchased stage lighting kept in storage.

Kirkland secured the funding needed to allow SCUSD crews to install what is now considered a first-class middle school theatrical lighting system.

An SCUSD team met with a technical lighting producer from STC to develop a design for installation.

Carpenters Rodger Ketchum and Jeff Hines constructed and installed the railing to which the lighting would be attached. Jeff Morris and Paul Banks were joined by Ken Smith and the electricians wired the system in a manner that made it look like it was part of the school’s original design.

Troy Meitz and Mike Compton from electronics connected all of the components and created a system that will allow students and staff to run the lighting board. Locksmith Gary McLeod ensured the components will be safe in a mounted cabinet that all of the trades had a hand in creating.

“Because of leaders Don Compton, Alain Contreras, Nick Vargas and Tim Mowry, we were able to complete the project before our first play of the year, ‘A Christmas Carol,’ ” Kirkland says. ”I want to acknowledge all the expert craftsmanship and professional customer service that has been provided to Einstein by the maintenance and operations crew.”