Look Solutions' Viper Catches Fire In Texas

  • WAYNESBORO, PA--Excitement Technologies has helped the long-running "Texas," an outdoor musical drama that's dubbed the official play of the state of Texas, enhance its production with Look Solutions' Viper fog generators for realistic, crowd-pleasing effects.
  • "Texas," depicts the settlers of the panhandle and their romance with the west. It has been playing during the summer to audiences at the Pioneer Amphitheater in Palo Duro Canyon, 25 minutes from Amarillo, for 41 years.
  • One scene, depicting a big prairie fire, had been portrayed by dancers snapping flame-like ribbons. "But audiences today want things bigger and better," says Kelly Sticksel, CEO of Excitement Technologies. "The canyon is always very dry so using real flames is risky. We needed to employ some real flames but decided we could create the illusion of a huge fire by creating fog and illuminating that fog. Audiences see the small, real fire first, but they get the impression of a big conflagration from the illuminated fog in the air."
  • He points out that the canyon wall behind the backdrop is 700 feet high. "We had to really fill the area or the effect would fall flat. The Viper is the only system we considered purchasing, the only fogger that would output the amount of fog we required." Excitement Technologies engineered 90 feet of propane flame gas tubes enhanced with seven Viper foggers concealed in the bushes. "We flood the area with fog and use LED fixtures to create a fast-flicker effect in yellow and red," Sticksel explains. "That gives the illusion of smoke rising from the fire. It's pretty spectacular." For more information visit www.looksolutionsusa.com.