Stage Research Introduces PowerPointManager and Video101Manager

by Stage Directions
NORTHFIELD, Ohio – Stage Research has introduced PowerPointManager and Video101Manager. To be used with the SFX for cost-effective playback, these two new applications provide content delivery with ease and flexibility.  SFX will now trigger slides or video to add to any live production, or as stand-alone elements themselves.

Stage Research Sponsors Sound 411 in New York

by Stage Directions

NORTHFIELD, OHStage Research, Inc. has announces the launch of Sound 411. This event is a two-day informational event designed to bring together sound professionals and students with leaders in the sound hardware and software industry.

Stage Technologies Helps Train Automation Engineers with PC Wing

by Stage Directions
Students from London’s Central School of Speech and Drama train on the PC Wing at Stage Technologies’ London office.
LONDON—PC Wing is Stage Technologies latest compact training tool. The console enables students and automation technicians to learn to program and operate state-of-the art automation technology off-line in a classroom environment. Using the Wing, trainees can work first hand on the same control interface used in some of the live performance industry’s most popular control desks. Connecting over USB and running on next-generation eChameleon software, PC Wing provides a dedicated Acrobat/Illusionist keyboard, 3 playbacks, a dead man’s handle and an emergency stop button.

Stage Technologies Makes King Kong Jump

by Jacob Coakley
 A screen grab of the pre-viz for the automation to move King Kong

 


A screen grab of the pre-viz for the automation to move King Kong

An 800-pound gorilla may sleep wherever he wants—but when dealing with the 12 tons of steel, motors, winches and cable systems that make King Kong move, Stage Technologies had to make sure the automation system did whatever they wanted it to. Stage Technologies supplied the automation system for the new King Kong musical that recently debuted in Australia, and much like the great ape, it was a behemoth of a system. In addition to supplying lines to control the large puppet Stage Technologies also used their Sculptor toolkit software to pre-viz the beast’s movement, programmed it into their Acrobat control system, overlaid a joystick control so puppeteers could enhance movement in real time, and worked with manual puppeteers on the stage.

Stage Technologies Raises the Bar (and the Elevator) for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

by Jacob Coakley
Stage Technologies and Delstar Engineering supplied the automation and engineering for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

 


Stage Technologies and Delstar Engineering supplied the automation and engineering for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Any show that requires a flying glass elevator is obviously going to have some serious automation involved. But reading about how Stage Technologies made the tech for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on the West End work is truly amazing. The show, which is playing at the 200-year-old Theatre Royal Drury Lane, uses a full automation package from Stage Technologies (counterweight assist winches, floor tracks, trucks, sliders and supplementary motors) with stage engineering and hydraulics supplied by sister company Delstar Engineering. The automation system also includes two Explorer trucks, which use a laser guidance system for positioning on a raked stage (believed to be a first). Oh, and the glass elevator? It just needed a specially-commissioned robot arm to lift it from below stage and fly it over the orchestra pit. Check out the details below and prepare to be gobsmacked.

Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas Asking for Help To Reach Cirque du Soleil Rehearsal

by Jacob Coakley
Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas is raising funds to rent a bus.

Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas is raising funds to rent a bus.
Friend-of-the-magazine Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas needs your help. Their summer class has been invited to a dress rehearsal for Cirque du Soleil’s new show Iris. A Cirque rehearsal just weeks before opening? Yes please! The only problem? The show is in the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. SILV has booked a bus to take their students to the show, but need help covering costs. While SILV puts together a top-flight curriculum, it’s based on partnerships and donations. They don’t have funds in the budget to cover a bus charter, and are asking for your help. Think you can spare $50, $100, or $200 to help educate the next generation of stagehands and designers?

Stages St. Louis Adds to Staff

by Stage Directions
Susan Mintz, new assistant development director for Stages St. Louis
ST. LOUIS—Stages St. Louis recently filled some key positions on staff. Eric Pugh recently began as marketing director and Susan Mintz has assumed the position of assistant development director for the theatre. Additionally, Gary Mudd, CPA, assumed the position of development director in January.

Staging Concepts Premium Portable Seating

by Jacob Coakley
The VIP chair in Staging Concepts’ new Clarin by Hussey Seating Premium Series

 


The VIP chair in Staging Concepts’ new Clarin by Hussey Seating Premium Series

The Clarin by Hussey Seating Premium Series is a new line of luxury portable seating from Staging Concepts designed to offer style and comfort. Staging Concepts offers three distinctive designs for the chairs: VIP, Club and Contour.

Stan Schwartz, Executive VP at Rosco, Announces Retirement

by Jacob Coakley
Stan Schwartz hasn’t set a date, but he will be retiring from Rosco soon.

 


Stan Schwartz hasn’t set a date, but he will be retiring from Rosco soon.

Color me surprised! In a note to the industry (re-printed below, though it will soon be posted on Rosco’s own blog), Rosco’s Executive Vice President Stan Schwartz announced that he will be retiring. It has been my pleasure to have had the opportunity to work with Stan and his team at Rosco during my tenure here at Stage Directions and he has always been a giant in the industry: sharp as a tack, innovative, and driven to find the best ways to communicate the benefits of Rosco’s products. Schwartz hasn’t announced a date for his retirement, merely saying that it is approaching, and that he is leaving the company in good hands. His good-bye message looks back on his start in the industry, Mad Men-style, how marketing has changed in the intervening years, and Rosco’s continued focus on helping artists.