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SFA's Theatre Department to open season with 'The Arabian Nights'

The Arabian Nights is the season opener for the SFA Theatre Department. (Source: KTRE Staff) The Arabian Nights is the season opener for the SFA Theatre Department. (Source: KTRE Staff)
SFA Lighting designer Amanda Warren of Central Heights provides a colorful and magical use of computerized lighting equipment. (Source: KTRE Staff) SFA Lighting designer Amanda Warren of Central Heights provides a colorful and magical use of computerized lighting equipment. (Source: KTRE Staff)
The Arabian Nights opens Tuesday and SFA.  (Source: KTRE Staff) The Arabian Nights opens Tuesday and SFA. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

Dramatic lighting is just one aspect of the Stephen F. Austin Theatre Department’s season opener, “The Arabian Nights.” It helps set a sensuous tone for the adult version of the famous tale.

On SFA student from Central Heights traveled all the way to London to learn the technical skills.

When Amanda Warren watches a play, movie, or concert it's the lighting she's drawn to over anything else.

"A lighting designer is almost like a puppeteer,” Warren said. “The use of color, and focus and shape. We sort of control the emotion that you sort of feel along with the actors."

In SFA's production of “The Arabian Nights” the senior student from Central Heights knows exactly what kind of mood to set.

"Vibrant magentas and red shows this passion in the perfect lover,” Warren said. “And with the use of side lighting in order to sculpt the body and make it look more sensual because we're focusing a little less on the face and more on how all the dancers move."

Warren learned a lot of the latest technical use of computerized sound boards in London. SFA's Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance international exchange initiative provided her and two other students the opportunity.

"We would work together with stage managers, costume designers, and other students,” Warren said. “We would also go into London to see shows."

Warren returned with a wealth of information she's sharing with other SFA students.

"We are working every day to make sure this show looks amazing, and it's coming together,” said Bryan Steele, a master electrician.

Warren treats the lighting design as almost as one of the characters in the play.

Actors easily move with the music and the lights.

"Dances with it,’ Warren said.

Warren's talent combined with lighting, dance, and theatrical drama will allow audiences to clearly experience “The Arabian Nights.”

The Arabian Nights opens Tuesday at SFA's Griffith Fine Arts Auditorium.

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