The Villages - July 2018 - 50

Entertainment

The Villages a/V ClUB

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The sighTs
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of ChariTy eVenTs aroUnd
florida's friendliesT homeTown
By MARK ANDERSON

50

JULY 2018

If you ever have caught a charity show or listened
to a performance at a recreation center around The
Villages, chances are you have The Villages Audiovisual
Club to thank for the lighting and sound.
Working tirelessly behind the scenes, Mike Veach,
Tony Versley and other club members operate sound
boards, spotlights, stage lights and more for local charity
shows and performances all around The Villages.
And this is not just a hobby for many club members.
They take their job very seriously - practicing routines
and running rehearsals often multiple times ahead of
shows. During a performance, club members coordinate
via headsets and two-way radios, ensuring everything
goes off without a hitch.
Club members train in different roles within the A/V
Club to become proficient on the diverse equipment the
club uses at a show or performance. And there is more
to each role than simply turning a few knobs or clicking
"play" on a computer.
"Lighting is more than just flipping the switch,"
said Veach, the club's president. "I spend a lot of time
adjusting the lights just right for each performer."
At the Showcase of Talent on April 20 at La Hacienda
Recreation Center, the A/V Club was on hand to run the
lights, sound, microphones and more.
Before the show, the club helps performers rehearse
on stage - playing music or testing lights during each
routine. Veach wears a headset and coordinates the
club and the performers, making sure each presentation
looks and sounds great for the audience.
"Everyone has a specific job. My job is if something
falls apart unexpectedly, I go fix it," Veach said. "You
never know what could fail in a live show. Everyone has
their assigned duties, and you need someone who can
leave and go do something. I've been in that position
before - something goes wrong and I can't leave the
light board because I can't lose the lights."
In this role, Veach refers to himself as "the
troubleshooter," and he is a flurry of activity - running
between the back of the room where the club is set up
and the stage, making sure everything runs smoothly.
Club members come from a variety of backgrounds,
and Veach is a former computer programmer, meaning
technology comes naturally to him.
Versley lends a host of technological expertise to the
club. A former senior technical manager for ABC-TV
networks based in New York, Versley won nine Emmy
Awards for his technical production work.



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