SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

La Fiesta Pequena's dress rehearsal helps lighting expert Eric Esse get it right.

Esse said he recorded the dancers and their outfits before choosing the lights that go with it last Tuesday night.

He has been doing the lighting for nearly a decade.

The live broadcast showed the Old Mission bathed in colors that fade in and blend together.

The spotlights turn the mission into shades of colors including pink and blue and bright white.

It is a captivating background for the talent.

A security guard worked overnight too to protect the equipment.