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Seasonal Surprise in Pasadena

Remember our blog in late October about the new EK users at the First Baptist Church of Pasadena?

Now we have some footage of part of this festive season’s famous Singing Christmas Tree extravaganza – an annual event in its 33rd year. Despite more than three decades of history, this was the first time the Church had chosen to conceal, then reveal, the Christmas-tree-shaped stage as it holds 150 people ready to burst into song.

We are delighted to report that the DMX-controlled Electro Kabuki drop worked flawlessly. Take a look at a clip from the video here.

Best of all was the message we received from Brent Shore, Technical Director at FBC Pasadena:

The Electro Kabuki system worked flawlessly as we expected it would and added the grand opening we were looking for to our annual Christmas Production of the ‘Singing Christmas Tree’. The system was easy to install and set up in our configuration to operate. We look forward to using the system for years to come to bring a moment of awe and wonder to all in attendance when our 32-foot-tall Christmas tree with 150 singers standing in it is revealed for the first time in our production.

Christmas arrives early for EK in Texas

While most of us are still enjoying the last remnants of summer (apologies to our readers in the Southern hemisphere), some members of the Electro Kabuki community are already headlong into Christmas plans.

A new order for Electro Kabuki with DMX control arrived from the First Baptist Church Pasadena recently, and we despatched the system last week. Many churches in the US are avid users of Electro Kabuki.

For this application, the organisers of Christmas festivities at the church tell us that the EK system will be used to reveal the church’s Singing Christmas Tree performance. The Church is famous for this annual event, which has been held for the past 33 years and enjoyed by over 150,000 people in that time. The EK rig will use 11 modules arranged in a 180° arc from the church’s central circular ceiling truss. It will reveal the 32-foot-tall Tree holding 170 singers and decorated with 10,000 lights.

That’s what we know for now, but we really look forward to bringing you the full experience soon after Christmas. This looks to be the first time the church has used a reveal effect, so we hope to get hold of some video. We wish them every success with the festive rigging, rehearsals and performances in the meantime.

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