It was during my first trip to Vegas that I had the luxury of experiencing a VIP showing of Le Reve – The Dream at Wynn Las Vegas. Unlike many shows happening in Vegas, Le Reve takes place inside a theatre in the round and seats are no further than 12 rows from the stage! This love story brings you into it’s fantasy world through incredible aerial acrobats, synchronized swimmers and dancers with a few surprises up their sleeve. But there is very little speaking parts in the performance. Instead the show relies on it’s elaborate effects and powerful performances to create this beautiful imaginary world that tells a passionate story.
Part of my experience was being able to take a peek backstage where I was stunned to see the number of people working unseen backstage to make the show go off without a hitch. The theatre is where the magic happens but it’s really backstage where the magic is created. As an audience member it can be easy to forget how tightly the performance must run in order to keep the magic and go off without a hitch – especially since the show takes place at a theatre in the round! But it’s something people like Tracer Finn, Assistant Head of Lighting at Le Reve never forget.
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Tracer grew up in the entertainment business, starting as an 18 year old working the lights behind the scenes of his parent’s’ show, The Mickey Finn Show in San Diego. He was drawn to lighting and got to see a lot of interesting technical work behind the scenes, ask questions, and learn from the crew.
Tracer’s team works behind the scenes making Le Reve – The Dream come to life by working with an astounding 300 underwater lights, over 20 miles of cable in the pool, and 200 moving lights in multiple colors from the floor to 110 feet. It’s 360 degrees, top to bottom experience. Talk about impressive!
Tracer tells his team “It’s groundhog day here”, They have to be able to repeat everything and make it consistent because the lighting is directly related to how performers do their tricks. Every cue needs to be the same, and that’s key in gaining trust with the performers.
When working the lighting for a show the goal is for people come in, watch the show, and not know the team exists when they leave. That includes them not being on the stage at the end for the final bow, despite all of the hard work they put in.