Light On The Subject
The company of Shuffle along perform “I’m Just Wild About Harry

Designing Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

There are wonderful moments in theatre where you actually can see both the craft and the art of the designers; when all the talents of the entire creative team really come together beautifully. When you think, ‘yes, these people were all in the same production meeting, having the same conversation, and really shared a vision of this moment.’ One such moment was when Javert jumped from the bridge in Les Miserables’ original Broadway staging. The lighting, the scenic elements, and the costumes created an incredible sense of the character falling that took the audience’s breath away. It is now a moment often duplicated, but there was an unmistakable mastery of design and nuances to the original that was truly the artistic collaboration of Lighting Designer David Hersey, Set Designer John Napier, and Costume Designer Andreane Neofitou captured in that ideal moment. The recent Broadway run of the Tony-nominated musical Shuffle Along has a similar moment when Lighting Designers Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, Scenic Designer Santo Loquasto, and Costume Designer Ann Roth create a train trip across Pennsylvania. And much like the Les Mis team, they do so with stagecraft simplicity that belies their deep understanding of their individual design disciplines and where they intersect creatively.

Read more: History Found and Made

Changing Roles
Sara Garonzik has led the Philadelphia Theatre Company since 1982.
Sara Garonzik has led the Philadelphia Theatre Company since 1982.

After 35 years, Sara Garonzik will leave the Philadelphia Theatre Company during the 2016-2017 season, after a replacement has been found. Under Garonzik’s stewardship, Philadelphia Theatre Company produced 30 world premieres. Garonzik is active in the Philadelphia artistic community. She sits on the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council, the Advisory Boards of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia, and PlayPenn, a play development organization. After she leaves PTC she will remain in Philadelphia and pursue consulting and independent producing.

Read more: Sara Garonzik to Leave Philadelphia Theatre Company

Tools of the Trade
A Mobiltechlifts’ lift.
A Mobiltechlifts’ lift.

Milos is currently running a three-month promotion on lifts from Mobiltechlifts. Users will receive a free transportation wheel kit with every lift purchased until Sept. 30. To help highlight the benefits and features of a Mobiltechlifts lift, Milos released a video from their R&D director, Marc Hendriks, explaining the technical design, testing and certification of Mobiltechlifts products.

Read more: Milos Releases Video for Mobiltechlifts Promotion

Tools of the Trade
Some of the colors available of Gerriets Vario Uni marley, and a diagram of its four layers.
Some of the colors available of Gerriets Vario Uni marley, and a diagram of its four layers.

Gerriets International’s new Vario Uni dance and event floor is a durable, single sided “marley” type roll out dance floor available in a wide variety of stock colors. The floor is manufactured with four layers: a clear protective layer on top, a matte color layer, a base layer of fiberglass reinforcement for dimensional stability, and a foam backing layer applied on the bottom for comfort and traction. Vario Uni is available in 16 standard matte colors, including enough shades of grey, orange and yellow to satisfy any designer. Available by the roll; 79” wide x 27 yards (82 ft) long.

Read more: Gerriets Introduces Vario Uni – Fiberglass Inlay Marley

Theatre Buzz
The deadline to nominate a school is  Sunday, Sept. 18.
The deadline to nominate a school is Sunday, Sept. 18.

Artists earn awards—but theatre training programs give them the skills and create the environment for them to succeed. The Stage Directions High School Theatre Honors Program celebrates the dedicated and talented people who create programs for theatre artists to succeed now and in the future. Students, parents, volunteers and teachers are encouraged to nominate outstanding high school theatre programs for the 2016 awards now at www.bit.ly/sd2016tophs!

Read more: Stage Directions' 2016 High School Theatre Honors Program Now Accepting Nominations!

Industry News
Lin-Manuel Miranda (left) stood with New York Senator Charles E. Schumer as Schumer introduced legislation to curb online scalping.
Lin-Manuel Miranda (left) stood with New York Senator Charles E. Schumer as Schumer introduced legislation to curb online scalping.

Lin-Manuel Miranda stood with New York Senator Charles E. Schumer as Schumer introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate to help stop cyber scalping. Schumer’s “Better On-Line Ticket Sales Act of 2016” or the “BOTS” act, aims to give fans of theatre and other live events a “fair chance” to buy tickets without being exploited by scalpers. This has become a flash point among artists in recent years, as online scalpers use sophisticated programs (“bots”) to snap up tickets online as soon as they’re available, and then re-sell them at exorbitant costs. According to the New York Times, scalpers earned more than $15.5 million from the 100 Hamilton performances before Lin-Manuel Miranda’s final performance. Daniel Kreps, reporting for Rolling Stone, quoted Lin-Manuel Miranda as saying “The bot software that's used right now basically makes the price range – even a special event price range – out of the range for most Americans.”

Read more: Lin-Manuel Miranda Teams with NY Senator Charles E. Schumer to Stop Scalpers

Changing Roles
Jake Halverson, new sales administrator for Riedel’s North America team
Jake Halverson, new sales administrator for Riedel’s North America team

In order to keep up with increasing sales in North America, Riedel has added Jake Halverson as sales administrator. Halverson will be responsible for the efficient handling of sales orders in support of outside sales staff  and more. He comes to Riedel from PRG, where he served as the used equipment sales manager.

Read more: Riedel Hires Jake Halverson

Industry News
Nady moved a little north to Richmond, Calif.
Nady moved a little north to Richmond, Calif.

After four decades in the San Francisco Bay city of Emeryville, CA, pro audio and M.I. manufacturer Nady Systems has moved to a new facility in Richmond, CA (about 10 miles north). The new address is 870 Harbour Way South, Richmond, CA 94804.

Read more: Nady Systems Relocates

Answer Box
A moment from The Nether at the Alley Theatre, with the custom-made acrylic gramophone.
A moment from The Nether at the Alley Theatre, with the custom-made acrylic gramophone.

Custom acrylic furniture represents a virtual world in Alley Theatre’s production of The Nether

In playwright Jennifer Haley’s cerebral futuristic crime drama, The Nether, the material and ethereal world collide. Scenic designer Kevin Rigdon needed to find a way to represent to an audience this world—described as a perfect Victorian-era simulacrum—but which only exists online. This was further complicated by the fact that the play also features scenes that take place in the real world. Rigdon decided acrylic furniture was the answer. “The choice of transparent furniture was rooted in the idea that the Hideaway exists in the 'Nether,' a virtual reality realm, not a physical reality,” says Rigdon. “The transparent furnishings become a ghost (virtual) of what we expect to find in the offline world.”

Read more: Corporeal Intangibility

Gear Review
The Embrace microphone system from Point Source Audio offers easy adjustment into new configurations.
The Embrace microphone system from Point Source Audio offers easy adjustment into new configurations.

Taking the Point Source Audio Embrace mic rig onstage

When the brand-new musical is called Presto Change-O—and is about a family of magicians, and a member of the creative team is an illusionist—you almost need a magic trick to choose the microphone too. The mic would need to be tiny enough to not interfere with illusions, secure enough to stay in place during the illusions—and, oh yeah, capture voices magically as well. To run this gauntlet, I turned to the new Embrace microphone from Point Source Audio. 

Read more: Making It Fit

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