Abstract

The world of Theatre continues to break bounds every day in terms of what is possible and what is not. In an attempt to continue with this, the Lighting Design team for the Spring Musical, All Shook Up, has partnered with students from the Kent State Robotics team. Together, they are attempting to bring life to the scenic pieces in the run down Fairgrounds. Robotics Team members have helped to identify ways to allow the Test-Your-Strength, Duck Hunt, and the Town Jukebox to light up and function with Arduino. With the continuing process of building the show and the fairgrounds, it was discovered that physical limitations to amperage and voltage first had to be overcome before continuing. Finally, after trial and error, the Test-Your-Strength machine became the first workable piece for the production. Cory Sprinkles, Graduate Mentor and Assistant Lighting Designer for the production, wrote the code to trigger with a piezo to produce different outcomes in sequence based on events on stage. The Duck Hunt spins and drops ducks off the edge of custom 3D printed platforms. The final piece, the Jukebox, has pre-programmed strips of LED’s that light up according to when the lead actor hits the box, and brings the town to life. Overall, the process has led to discoveries in working and advancing further the interactive portion of theatre for actors to take part in, and the Robotics team contribution has led to a deeper-rooted knowledge and understanding within the design team of All Shook Up.

Modified Abstract

The Lighting Design team for the Spring Musical, All Shook Up, has partnered with students from the Kent State Robotics team. Together, they are attempting to bring life to scenic pieces in the run down Fairgrounds. Robotics Team members helped to identify ways to allow three interactive scenic pieces to function with Arduino. The Test-Your-Strength machine became the first workable piece, with code to trigger a piezo to produce different outcomes in sequence. The Duck Hunt spins ducks off the edge of custom 3D printed platforms. The final piece, the Jukebox, has pre-programmed strips of LED’s that light up according to when an actor hits the box. Overall, the process has led to working and advancing further to a deeper-rooted understanding with the team.

Research Category

Art/Fashion

Author Information

Sophia PhillipsFollow

Primary Author's Major

Theatre Studies

Mentor #1 Information

Mr. Cory Sprinkles

Presentation Format

Artistic Piece

Start Date

5-4-2018 1:00 PM

Research Area

Other Theatre and Performance Studies

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Apr 5th, 1:00 PM

A Fair Proposal: Integrating Robotics With Theatre

The world of Theatre continues to break bounds every day in terms of what is possible and what is not. In an attempt to continue with this, the Lighting Design team for the Spring Musical, All Shook Up, has partnered with students from the Kent State Robotics team. Together, they are attempting to bring life to the scenic pieces in the run down Fairgrounds. Robotics Team members have helped to identify ways to allow the Test-Your-Strength, Duck Hunt, and the Town Jukebox to light up and function with Arduino. With the continuing process of building the show and the fairgrounds, it was discovered that physical limitations to amperage and voltage first had to be overcome before continuing. Finally, after trial and error, the Test-Your-Strength machine became the first workable piece for the production. Cory Sprinkles, Graduate Mentor and Assistant Lighting Designer for the production, wrote the code to trigger with a piezo to produce different outcomes in sequence based on events on stage. The Duck Hunt spins and drops ducks off the edge of custom 3D printed platforms. The final piece, the Jukebox, has pre-programmed strips of LED’s that light up according to when the lead actor hits the box, and brings the town to life. Overall, the process has led to discoveries in working and advancing further the interactive portion of theatre for actors to take part in, and the Robotics team contribution has led to a deeper-rooted knowledge and understanding within the design team of All Shook Up.