by Jim Murchison
I was only in charge of lights once when I was operating the lighting board in a summer stock production of Gas Light in Vermont. During one dark and stormy night we actually lost power and as soon as I felt the light dying I hit the emergency light that operated four powerful par lamps on a separate battery. Then I watched very carefully for when they were supposed to flicker and would move the large handle quickly back and forth to create a flickering effect. At the end of the evening the producers called me over to discuss what I could do to fix the cue I muffed and when I told them that there was a blackout in the town for about 20 minutes and that I only had one handle to create any effects, they were surprised. They had no idea that most of Vermont had gone to darkness.