The Grammar school celebrates theatrical lighting with “The Lion King Jr.”

PUTNEY, Vt. – The Grammar School, a PreK-8 independent school in Putney, is the recipient of an equipment grant from ETC, manufacturers of lighting and control systems for theatrical and architectural applications worldwide. The Grammar School was a recipient of ETC’s gift to support performing arts education. The gift includes all equipment needed to update the 12 overhead theatrical light fixtures in the school meeting room from incandescent to LED and replace the lighting console.


Jeanne Koenig, Broadway lighting designer, supervises the installation of the new theatrical lighting at the Grammar School. Photo provided.

How did a small school in Putney, Vt. get the attention of this worldwide company? Last March, Jeanne Koenig, a professional lighting designer who has worked for 20 years on “The Lion King” installations all over the world, attended a rehearsal of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.” She was impressed by the quality of the middle school production – a small school that pulls off excellent musicals – and thought that this effort deserved a better lighting system. She worked with TGS’s Backstage Manager, Sally Seymour, to apply for the ETC grant.

Koenig advised and assisted with the installation and is conducting lighting workshops to support the students in their spring musical, “The Lion King Jr.,” a production Koenig knows well.

The Grammar School has many students interested in the technical side of theater and after seeing the talent and heart of the school’s production of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” Koenig believed the lighting system needed this significant upgrade to enhance the opportunity for students to develop their lighting design skills and to contribute to a significant quality boost to the entire Grammar School theater program.

The Grammar School will celebrate this new addition to their theater when they produce “The Lion King Jr.” this May 16-19, Wednesday through Saturday, at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, is Putney Family Services night, with all box office proceeds donated to PFS. For more information or to reserve seats, which is highly recommended, email or you can purchase tickets at the door.

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