Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Barbizon Lights Up The Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm

Photo by Gabriel Vaughan
Barbizon Light of New England congratulates Weston Playhouse Theatre Company on their grand opening of their Walker Farm Performance Space held on September 23rd.

Their new performance space is located a short walk from the Weston Playhouse, in the center of Weston VT, and sits on 5 acres of farmland. The outside design of the new building blends into the surrounding landscape, resembling a modern barn, not a new performance space. The modern barn feel continues throughout the inside of the building with large rolling barn-style doors leading to the performance area, square and rectangular multi-pane windows and lots of natural wood throughout.

As a former Alumnus of the Weston Playhouse staff, Sara Willey of Barbizon Light New England office was thrilled to work with Lighting Designer, Travis McHale, and Master Electrician, Andrew Zaccagnini, to supply their lighting fixture package. “It’s always a bonus when you have a previous relationship with a customer and can help them with a new project,” said Sara Willey.

The majority of the lighting fixture package is LED, consisting of ETC Colorsource Spots (regular and deep blue engines) and ETC Colorsource Pars. Along with the LED theatrical fixtures, Weston Playhouse purchased a handful of Chauvet Professional Maverick MK1 Spots and a dozen Chauvet Rogue 2 Wash units. They also purchased a number of traditional halogen Source 4 units for both the Walker Farm space, and to expand the inventory at the Weston Playhouse.

All of the Walker Farm lighting is controlled by their new ETC Ion Xe lighting console which was released by ETC the week before the Walker Farm order was scheduled to ship from ETC. “Timing was the key to this project. Travis and Andrew had most of the details of the lighting package worked out well in advance of when it needed to ship to site. This was extremely helpful since some of the items take time to build and we had a hurricane bearing down on at least one of the manufacturers. Their advance preparation gave us time to make decisions like going with the Ion Xe instead of the legacy Ion and to arrange a demo of the moving lights in our NY office for Travis to evaluate prior to ordering.” said Sara Willey.

Andrew Zaccagnini commented "Sara and the entire Barbizon team have been an outstanding source of assistance and information for Weston Playhouse as we worked to open our new space. From the initial bid to the last minute test of gear in New York and final delivery, Sara was with us every step of the way working to make sure we received everything we needed to make our new space function at its highest abilities. We truly cannot thank Barbizon enough for their work on this project."

For more information about the Weston Playhouse and the Walker Farm Theatre including ticket info visit: or follow them on Facebook @westonplayhouse.

Architect: Jim Pulver, Breadloaf Corporation, Middlebury, VT.
Theatrical Consultant: Peter Rosenbaum, Fisher Dachs Associates, NY, NY.
Consulting Lighting Designer: Travis McHale
Master Electrician: Andrew Zaccagnini
Other Photos by Sara Willey