Netcare’s Night of the Stars

Remember the days when nurses wore stiff, white starched dresses, sharp little hats, stockings and lace up shoes? While the uniforms have relaxed somewhat and we are almost certain that nurses smile more these days, the medical staff often remain the unsung heroes as they work hard and passionately to make a difference each day. With this in mind, Netcare hosted their 13th Night of the Stars Awards at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand at the end of last year.

“From the beginning our pitch to Netcare (a private hospital network), was to celebrate a caring family and to acknowledge the names of those who save lives,” said Lloyd Wild from Monster Productions and Events who provided the full production for the event; contracting the Gearhouse Group of companies to provide all the technical aspects such as staging, audio visual and cameras, rigging, power and set as well as supplementary lighting, trussing and audio elements.“The client requested an upmarket affair that would give recognition to these deserved care givers” 

Monster had purchased 12 new Robin 100 LED Beams, especially for the event. “The fixtures were great with their quick movements, beams and brightness,” said Wild. “There were 60 awards and it was important for us to create interest and hype.”

Graeme Marshall, sales executive at Gearhouse and assistant project manager for this event, was likewise taken with the Robin 100 LEDs. “I do like the new little toys used,” he said. “I was amazed how effective they were, nice little products!”

The show, which included amongst others, performances by Lloyd Cele, Charlize Berg and trumpet player Neil Engel and Lindiwe Bungani, looked beautiful, said Marshall. It was lit by Gearhouse’s Senior Lighting Technician, Peter Abrahamse. He was given free rein to create something “hot” and rose to the occasion, programming on a full-size grandMA. 

A highlight for the 450 guests was the reveal of four cars, which were given to Netcare regional winners. 

3D Video Animation used four Christie Roadster 18ks to project onto a massive 4.8m high x 38m wide screen. Because of the intense projection, VL3500s were used, their framing shuttering system allowing beams to be angled and shaped.

Monster Productions and Events are a creative company, pulling off big idea work. This dynamic team aim to make each event well worth remembering.

Equipment List:

12xRobin 100LED Beams16xRobin 600s2xRobe MMX12xPhilips Selecon Specific Profiles12xPhilips Vari-Lite DL 3500 Spots2x1200 Watt HMI Followspots9xTri-Tour LEDs24x2 Cell DWE Molefay Strip1xAvolites Art 2000 Dimmer Rack1xgrandMA full size  Prolyte Trussing and Ground SupportStory reprinted courtesy DWR Distribution, Photo courtesy Johnson Chen

Jan 19, 2016

The Gearhouse Group of Companies