Utah Shakespeare Festival Chooses Qirra Sound for Greenshow

by Jacob Coakley

The Utah Shakespeare Festival is upgrading its sound reinforcement system for its Greenshow entertainment with Qirra Sound loudspeakers. The Festival chose the Qirra system after attending a demo of the loudspeakers and being impressed by their even distribution clarity of sound using only “a fraction of the hardware in conventional systems.”

Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Chooses Meyer Sound Mina Line Array

by Jacob Coakley

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre in British Columbia has installed a Meyer Sound Mina line array loudspeaker system to reinforce its theatrical and music productions. The Mina system joins an existing Meyer Sound mono center cluster in the 750-seat theatre. The MINA loudspeaker arrays were specified and installed by James Dreyer of Kamloops, BC-based Dreyer Bros. Sound. Eric Pells, technical director for the venue, praised the speakers, saying “The clarity of MINA is excellent, and there’s very little difference now in levels from front to back. Even on shows when we have to mix from the booth in the back balcony, we still get a true representation of the sound.”

Victory Gardens Promotes Chris Mannelli to Managing Director

by Jacob Coakley
Chris Mannelli, managing director of Victory Gardens Theater

 


Chris Mannelli, managing director of Victory Gardens Theater

Victory Gardens Theatre promoted Christopher Mannelli to the position of managing director. Mannelli has been acting as Victory Gardens’ interim managing director since Nov. 2012. He joined Victory Gardens in 2010 as general manager. He previously served as Deputy Director at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and earned a master’s degree in Arts Leadership through a joint program of DePaul University and Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

VSI Installs at Glan Usk school

by Stage Directions
LLANELLI, WALES—UK-based Vaughan Sound Installations (VSI), part of the PAI Group designed specified and supplied specialist sound, lighting and AV systems for the brand new Glan Usk School in Newport, south Wales. VSI worked for electrical contractors MJN Colston, after recommendation from electrical consultants WS Atkins. The installations supplied the school’s 2 assembly halls.

Washington State Convention and Trade Center Requires ETCP Certification

by Jacob Coakley

NEW YORK—In an effort to ensure the safety of guests, exhibitors, contractors and employees of the Washington State Convention & Trade Center (WSCTC), a rigging installation and inspection program is being implemented. Effective October 1, 2009, any rigging, either ground support or aerial, which falls within specified categories must be installed by an ETCP Certified rigger. In addition, rigging supervisors, who must be ETCP Certified, are required to submit inspection and approval documentation to the WSCTC of all rigging installations.

Wells Fargo Continues Support of Oregon Shakespeare Festival Student Matinees

by Jacob Coakley
Wells Fargo team members present a $30,000 donation check to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) to support reduced-price tickets for students.

Wells Fargo team members present a $30,000 donation check to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) to support reduced-price tickets for students.
For the 14th straight year, Wells Fargo made a donation to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The $30,000 donated this year will enable students from 200 schools to see student matinees and engage with company members during their visit.

What Fresh Hell is This?

by Elizabeth Flauto
Munchkin hats for NBC’s The Wiz Live!
Munchkin hats for NBC’s The Wiz Live!

Surviving a Home-Based Costume Craft Studio

If we didn’t love to be constantly challenged to create, invent, develop, and engineer new projects, techniques, and relationships, we would not do theater at all. This eternal exploration is at the heart of our business, art, and craft. Theater artists, as a tribe, are curious, clever, and fearless, as we tell new stories, invent new characters and creatures, and delve into worlds foreign to our own. None of us would trade this for anything. Which is not to say that it does not sometimes get us down.

Wicreations Moves Audience and Stage for WWI Musical

by Jacob Coakley

Hans Willems and Wicreations created the system for moving not just 11 stage wagons, but also a 2000-seat audience riser up and down a 150-meter long stage for the show 14-18 Spektakel Musical. The show’s creators and producers wanted to be able to physical guide the audience deeper into scenes by taking them closer or removing them from the action for a longer view, much like a zoom lens. In order to accomplish this, Willems and his crew ended up creating a 135-ton (when empty, 270 with audience) laser-guided seating riser that is 33 meters wide, 55 meters long and 7 meters high at the back and can accommodate 1880 people with full wheelchair access. The whole structure rests on 368 wheels, with the powered wheels capable of supporting up to 2.8 tons and the supporting wheels 3.2 tons. The structure is moved by 24 of Wicreations’ rental stock drive motors which are based on UK manufacturer Kinesys’ Evo system, each driving two sets of wheels. The stand’s position is determined by lasers which use 55 markers on 3-meter-high poles anchored into the concrete and running down the length of the venue. The whole setup is amazing -- full details after the jump.

William E. Gearns, Jr., Elected to International VP of IATSE

by Jacob Coakley
The IATSE General Executive board unanimously elected Gearns.

 


The IATSE General Executive board unanimously elected Gearns.

At their mid-summer meeting in Vancouver, the General Executive Board of IATSE unanimously elected William E. Gearns, Jr., to the position of International VP. Gearns, originally from Indianapolis, began his career as a stagehand with IATSE Local 30 there. Gearns was elected by the Board to fill the vacancy created by the passing of International Vice President Timothy F. Magee on July 6.

Wingspace Theatrical Design Collective to Design U.S. Exhibit for 2015 Prague Quadrennial

by Jacob Coakley
A rendering of Wingspace’s submission to USITT’s Prague Quadrennial design competition. Wingspace will work with USITT over the next year on the actual design of the space.

 


A rendering of Wingspace’s submission to USITT’s Prague Quadrennial design competition. Wingspace will work with USITT over the next year on the actual design of the space.

Wingspace Theatrical Design, a collective of theatrical designers based in Brooklyn’s Old American Can Factory, has emerged triumphant from USITT’s national competition, and will design the U.S. exhibit for the 2015 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. USITT’s International Activites Committee liked Wingspace’s idea of an “ephemeral studio” and will work with Wingspace over the next year to determine the final design of the space that will reflect the theme of the Prague Quadrennial:  Sharedspace: Music, Weather, Politics. The Wingspace project leaders are scenic designers Caite Hevner and Lee Savage, and actor-director Dylan McCullough.