L-Acoustics Will Demo New Kara/SB18 Units in New York’s Theatre District

by Jacob Coakley
L-Acoustics’ Kara loudspeakers are the successor to its successful dV-DOSC speaker system.

L-Acoustics’ Kara loudspeakers are the successor to its successful dV-DOSC speaker system.
NEW YORK—Loudspeaker manufacturer L-Acoustics will host two days of exclusive presentations and demos at New World Stages in Manhattan’s Theatre District on January 18 and 19. In particular, L-Acoustics will be showcasing its new SB18 subwoofer extension enclosure and much-anticipated Kara modular line source system, A/B-ing it in comparative listening tests against its venerable predecessor, dV-DOSC speaker system. In addition to putting Kara and SB18 through their paces, L-Acoustics will be demonstrating its smaller yet equally impressive KIVA System, as well as the company’s 8XT, 12XT and 115XT HiQ coaxial products.

Larson Electronics LEDT8-28W-V1

by Jacob Coakley
The Larson Electronics LEDT8-28W-V1

 


The Larson Electronics LEDT8-28W-V1

The Larson Electronics LEDT8-28W-V1 is a 4-foot LED T-series style bulb that replaces T8 and T12 fluorescent bulbs. It delivers 2,750 lumens and is available in 5600K and 4300K color. This LED tube has an internal driver, meaning the bulb does not require and additional external driver.  Operators simply connect either 120/277 VAC or 12/24 VDC directly to the lamp to energize it.

Le Maitre Unveils G300-Smart Smoke Machine

by Jacob Coakley
Le Maitre’s new G300-Smart Smoke Machine

The new G300-Smart from Le Maitre takes all the features of their popular G300 smoke machine and adds Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity for setup, monitoring and diagnostics. It is designed to be rugged, versatile and durable, with smoke output of 51,000 cubic meters per hour. In addition, the G300-Smart has a user-friendly, easy-to-read backlit LCD display for improved user interaction. It has DMX in and out, 0-10V control, as well as fluid out and fluid low reporting. Onboard Wi-Fi allows users to set and change the configuration of the machine via their mobile device, such as a phone or tablet. The user is able to set the interval, duration and pre-delay times, as well as set the flow level, turn the unit on or off, and also diagnose and debug any errors wirelessly. Once connected via Wi-Fi, the G300-Smart can be monitored and controlled over the Internet through Le Maitre’s evolving Machine Interface Portal.

LightFactory Version 2.10

by Jacob Coakley
Dream Solutions has released version 2.10 of their LightFactory control software

 


Dream Solutions has released version 2.10 of their LightFactory control software

Dream Solutions has released version 2.10 of their LightFactory controls software. Release 2.10 brings more features designed to make programming shows faster and more streamlined. The release is a free upgrade for existing version 2 users. New features in version 2.10 of LightFactory include:

LumenRadio Releases SuperNova 3

by Jacob Coakley

LumenRadio has released SuperNova 3, the latest version of their lighting system management software program that lets users monitor, configure and view a lighting system from their computer. New features in the program include: Art-Net RDM control, letting users control any RDM device attached to a Art-Net node, giving the program control over wired and wireless nodes; sensor graphs to visually monitor information from fixtures; grouping of devices to more easily manage large systems; and the ability to update the firmware on Ethernet enabled CRMX units from within SuperNova. To encourage users to adopt the software, LumenRadio also unlock two ports of Art-Net RDM functionality for free. Video of the software features in action after the jump.

Making The Knight of Mirrors

by Jennifer Sheshko Wood
The Knight of Mirrors in the the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre’s production of Man of La Mancha.

Clamps, paint and Plexiglas fulfilled one costume designer’s dream for Man of La Mancha

In the Man of La Mancha, Don Quixote chases an adventure, only to be shown the truth of his madness when the Knight of Mirrors shatters his illusions. In a recent production by the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, I acted as the crafts artisan for costume designer Misti Bradford and had the pleasure of crafting the mirrors for this character’s armor. The question arose of how to make him as reflective as possible, but without using actual mirrors. The metal armor had many curved surfaces and we wanted to utilize these curves to shape the embellishment. I researched different options and in discussion with Misti, we decided to create the effect with Plexiglas sprayed with a mirror finish. This would allow us to customize the fragmented look of her design, to do it on a budget, and maintain control over the finished look.

Martin Professional Mac III Wash

by Jacob Coakley
The Martin Professional Mac III Wash

 


The Martin Professional Mac III Wash

Martin Professionals’ Mac III Wash is the final luminaire in the 1500-watt Mac III line of moving head fixtures. It is a full-featured, full-range wash luminaire designed to project an intense yet even field of light and can shape the beam with an internal barndoor system, a unique feature for a Fresnel light. These internal shutters enable designers to shape projection onto stages, performers or any set element with great precision. It has a 1:4 fully linear zoom that requires no lens changes. It outputs more than 50,000 lumens, has CMY color mixing and color temperature control, and a fixed color wheel houses seven interchangeable slots for an even broader color range. It also has a variable CTO.

MTI Honored With Educational Theatre Association's 2010 Standing Ovation Award

by Stage Directions

NEW YORK—Music Theatre International (MTI), the agency that created The Broadway Junior Collection, which has enabled thousands of schools to stage productions of Broadway shows and the company that licenses some of the best-known titles from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and London’s West End, is the recipient of the Educational Theatre Association’s (EdTA) 2010 Standing Ovation Award. John Prignano, MTI’s Senior Operations Officer, will accept the award on Tuesday, June 22 during Thespian Festival 2010. The Thespian Festival takes place June 21-26 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

New Senior Management for Staging Concepts

by Jacob Coakley
 Staging Concepts has a new leadership in place.

 


Staging Concepts has a new leadership in place.

Staging Concepts has a new railing solution, and now they have new upper management as well. The firm announced last week they have retained John Lewis as CEO and Mostafa Ahmed as CFO.

New York Innovative Theatre Awards Honor Off-Off-Broadway

by Jacob Coakley
Melanie Jones won for Outstanding Solo Performance and Outstanding Original Full-Length Script for her play Endure: A Run Woman Show

 


Melanie Jones won for Outstanding Solo Performance and Outstanding Original Full-Length Script for her play Endure: A Run Woman Show

The New York Innovative Theatre Awards, honoring the best of Off-Off-Broadway, took place Monday, Sept. 24 at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. Several awards were announced ahead of time, including the the Artistic Achievement Award, won by the 5 Lesbian Brothers; the Ellen Stewart Award which went to the Theatre Development Fund; the Caffé Cino Fellowship Award which went to the Astoria Performing Arts Center; Outstanding Stage Manager, won by Katie Kavett; and the 2012 Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award, which was won by Donnetta Lavinia Grays. The rest of awards were distributed among many different Off-Off-Broadway productions. One category in particular recognized the experimentation and new methods of theatre that take place in these small venues: Outstanding Innovative Design. Troupes and designers were recognized for such designs as “Phone and Text Design” (Gyda Arber & Aaron Baker, for Red Cloud Rising), “Animation and Sculpture” (Maia Cruz Palileo, for Penetrating the Space), “Interactive Technology Design” (Suchan Vodoor, Endure: A Run Woman Show) and others. The winner in that category was Joe Osheroof for his mask design on Homunculus: Reloaded.