Crown XLi Series of Amplifiers

by Jacob Coakley

Crown’s new XLi Series of amplifiers are four, entry-level, professional-grade amplifiers. The Crown XLi3500, XLi2500, XLi1500 and XLi800 deliver 1,000, 500, 330 and 200 watts per channel respectively (into 8 ohms; 2,700, 1,500, 900 and 600 watts in bridged mode into 8 ohms). All models feature user-selectable input sensitivity to accommodate a variety of program sources that have low output signals and include balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA inputs. XLi can be operated in stereo, parallel or bridged-mono mode and provides binding post and speakON output connectors to facilitate use with virtually any type of passive PA speakers.

Daktronics Unveils New Handheld Rigging Control Pendant

by Jacob Coakley
Daktronics will exhibit its new control pendant at USITT.

 


Daktronics will exhibit its new control pendant at USITT.

Daktronics will unveil their latest rigging controller at USITT. The new handheld Control Pendant verifies that hoists stop in the correct position, ensuring there is less than 6 inches between normal hard struck limit and the ultimate overtravel limit switch.

 

 

DiGiCo Handles Monitors for Jesus Christ Superstar’s UK Arena Tour

by Jacob Coakley
The DiGiCo SD7 in monitor position for the Jesus Christ Superstar UK tour.

 


The DiGiCo SD7 in monitor position for the Jesus Christ Superstar UK tour.

Over in the U.K, Jesus Christ Superstar is being produced with some pop stars for a tour of arenas normally reserved for rock ‘n’ roll shows. The show needed a full touring audio rig, and SSE/Canegreen supplied it all, including a DiGiCo SD7 on monitors. The monitor engineer, Seamus Fenton, runs 110 channels from his desk, including in-ear mixes for the nine principal vocalists. But he still needed more help, so he sends feeds of everything else to a second monitor engineer with his own DiGiCo SD7.

DreamWorld Backdrops Mansion Ballroom Backdrop

by Jacob Coakley
The Mansion Ballroom backdrops for Dreamworld Backdrops.
DreamWorld Backdrops rents and sells unique lightweight backdrops which transform any production into a themed wonderland. Their featured Mansion Ballroom and Mansion Interior (Mansion Ballroom shown here) backdrops are 20 feet high and 40 feet wide and feature a combination of airbrushing and hand painting on a lightweight cotton fabric. They weigh only 25 pounds so shipping charges are not outrageous, either. They offer personalized, attentive service and can ship to any location throughout North America and worldwide.

For more info, please visit www.dreamworldbackdrops.com

Eartec Comstar

by Jacob Coakley
The Eartec Comstar unit.

 


The Eartec Comstar unit.

Eartec's Comstar is a full duplex intercom system that allows crews to converse simultaneously just like on a regular telephone.  Comstar is not voice activated and there are no transmit buttons—users operate it by simply turning the system to “on” and talking. Up to eight can converse all at the same time.  System includes discreet Cyber headsets and Comstar beltpacks that weigh only 2.5 oz. Comstar is certified for worldwide non-licensed use. Video tour after the jump!

ETC Now Accepting Apps for LDI 2012 Student Sponsorships

by Jacob Coakley
ETC will sponsor six students to attend LDI in Las Vegas this fall.

 


ETC will sponsor six students to attend LDI in Las Vegas this fall.

ETC is now accepting applications for its LDI 2012 Student Sponsorship program. ETC will pay for round-trip airfare, hotel accomodations and meals for six college undergrad seniors studying lighting design, technical theatre or another related field so they can attend the LDI conference. At the conference, which will be Oct. 19-21 in Las Vegas this year, students will have the opportunity to get a backstage look at the ETC booth and network at the show, and will also be paired with a well-known lighting designer as a mentor for the convention.

Eurolite TMH-10 with 60-watt LED

by Jacob Coakley
The Eurolite TMH-10

 


The Eurolite TMH-10

The Eurolite TMH-10 is an LED moving light that uses a 60-watt LED and consumes 170 watts. With its small size and light weight, approximately 15 pounds, it’s designed for locations with a tight fit or mobile use. It uses12 DMX channels to control options for the 3-facet prism, the color wheel with 7 colors (plus open), the gobo wheel with 6 rotating gobos (plus open) and separate channels for strobe and dimmer. For stand-alone operation, Eurolite provides programmed scenes with variable speed.

Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival Accepting Submissions for 2013 Pitch New Works Series for New Musicals

by Jacob Coakley
The Pitch new works series will present 10 new musicals in development in 2013.

 


The Pitch new works series will present 10 new musicals in development in 2013.

The first was a success, so the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse is set to do it again! They are now accepting applications for season two of their new musical development/cabaret series, The Pitch, as part of their 2013 Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival. They are looking for 10 musical works early in their development. They are looking for 10 projects, and the deadline for applicants is Dec. 15. In addition to getting the developmental feedback, there’s also the opportunity of production, Neurosis: the Musical, was a participant in this year’s Pitch fest, and was picked up for a full production at the 2013 Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival. (You can read more about the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival from the Merry-Go-Round Artistic Director Ed Sayles here, and learn about what it’s like to mix audio for such a quickly changing setup from Walter Ryon, the Pitch Fest coordinator here.)

Gerarda Pizzarello Joins Rose Brand

by Stage Directions

SECAUCUS, N.J. — Gerarda Pizzarello has joined Rose Brand, provider of theatrical supplies and fabrications in Secaucus New Jersey. Her career in show business has spanned across Broadway, network television and feature films. As a freelance scenic artist she has worked with most of the major scene shops in the Tri-state area.