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  • Writer's pictureSparling Designs

Updated: Aug 22, 2019

We're back at it friends, The Fly Honey Show is in its 10th year of celebrating sex and body positivity through music, dance, poetry, performance art, and everything in between. Performing for 5 weekends, it is a nonstop thrill ride of butts and bass, and it's no secret this is my favorite project of the year.

The Fly Honey Show 9

This is my 5th year with the Fly Honeys, and in my tenure as Lighting Designer I've learned so much. I started on Fly Honey 6 in the Chopin Basement. We had 22 dimmers (2 in the 24-rack didn't work, of course), a sloped ceiling from 7'-9' and zero symmetrical hanging positions. We were lucky back then to have 6 moving lights, 6 scrollers, and a bunch of Inkie Fresnels. The rest of that year is a blur, but somehow I pulled off lighting this big cabaret with such bare bones. I also hung, circuited, focused, and programmed the whole show by myself, which isn't uncommon in the Storefront world, but for such a big show it was utterly exhausting! Having Ellen Willet for a stage manager certainly helped to ease the blow, and in the end all of the hard work was worth it.

Homme playing in The Fly Honey Show 6

After that, I recruited Slick Jorgenson and rented real gear from SLAM Productions. We sweated it out in the Chopin Basement together, troubleshooting the infamous Fly Honey Belt lights and attending every show to make sure our moving light power didn't get kicked out by audience members. What a trip Fly Honey 7 was! But Slick proved themselves indespensable to the process; you really can't do Fly Honey alone.

Mary Williamson, hosting the Fly Honey Show 7

This year is our third year in the Den Theatre's Heath Mainstage, and what an upgrade it has been for my LIFE. A full pipe grid at 14', 96 beautiful dimmers, and all the Movers and LED units a girl could hope for. The operating budget of the project has more than doubled from when I first joined the project, and it shows; 16 moving lights, over 30 led wash units, belt lights, and very special intelligent fixtures from Portman Lighting in the shape of honeycombs, our trademark. The show continues to grow and evolve, especially with the addition of Eleanor Kahn (scenic design), Robert Hornbostel (sound design), and Madeleine Borg (production manager). The Hive is MIGHTY, and this year is going to be no exception.

Aurora Adachi with Adachi Taiko in Fly Honey 8

Quinn Tsan singing in Fly Honey 9

For more information about the Honeys and the Hive, follow us @theflyhoneys or check out the website here!

Gear List:

6x Martin MAC Quantum Profile

10x Martin MAC Aura

15x ColorForce 12

11x ColorADO Solo Zoom

6x ColorADO Tri-Tour

4x Portman P1

4x Portman P2

6x ETC Source 4 36deg

6x 4-Channel Belt Light 20' length

11x Music Stand Lights


ETC Gio @5


SLAM Productions

Light Plot, technical drawing of the lights used in the show
Light Plot drawn by HSS

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  • Writer's pictureSparling Designs

Updated: Aug 22, 2019

Friends, it is with the MOST pleasure and joy that I share with you that "The Grelley Duvall Show" is heading to Theater on the Lake Summer Festival! Mark your calendars now babes, July 23-26 at 9pm!

"THE GRELLEY DUVALL SHOW is a flamboyant, hallucinatory revue incorporating live music, dance, sketch, ACTING, and multimedia gallivanting. Grelley's trove of cine-musical infatuations and forgotten zeitgeists create a new genre of obsessive homage and empowering spectacle."

Find out how to get there and how to snag a table for dinner before the show, here.

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  • Writer's pictureSparling Designs

Updated: Aug 22, 2019

It would appear that we have a hit on our hands folks! Directed by Devon De Mayo, written by Steven Levenson. Set Design by Andrew Boyce, Costume Design by Izumi Inaba, Sound Design by Kevin O'Donnell. Below are just a few of the many reviews that came in for this show, all raving. I have to tip my hat to the phenomenal cast, who really took this play off the page and made it their own. To David Darlow, Elizabeth Ledo, Dan Cantor, Gail Shapiro, Keith Kupferer, Heather Townsend, and Alec Boyd, I thank you for all the hard work you put into this text.


Our Loved Ones Live On in Memories - Chicago Theatre Review

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