Zero 88 FLX Lighting Console

by Naomi Crews

Eaton’s new FLX lighting console in their Zero 88 product line features a range of time saving features to meet the challenge of programming more complex LED fixtures with more color-changing options in less time. The FLX uses an internal 7-inch capacitive touch screen to help programmers navigate the available 2048 channels and 240 playbacks. Programming time is reduced with a simple three-step programming method: What you want, how you want it, where you want it. It is designed to be fast and easy to learn. The FLX is housed in a compact, tough and portable frame size and also has a range of complementary mobile apps and accessories.

Zero 88 Release Version 5.3 ZerOS Software

by Jacob Coakley

Zero 88 has released an OS upgrade for their lighting consoles
CWMBRAN, UK—Zero 88 has released version 5.3.0 software for the ZerOS consoles.  Version 5.3.0 can be installed on Zero 88 Leap Frog 48, Leap Frog 96, Frog 2 and ORB consoles and adds a number of new features together with bug fixes.

 

Zero 88’s New Chilli Pro Bypass Cabinet

by Jacob Coakley

The new Chilli Pro Bypass lighting control cabinet is a professional 24-channel, slim line cabinet that features 24 Eaton bypass switches for use when direct mains power is needed in place of theatrical dimming. Available in both 10A and 16A variants, individual channels can be set for dimming or to deliver mains power for intelligent lights, light-emitting diode (LED) light fittings and other stage specials. Chilli Pro Bypass cabinets save wiring and simplify set up to make it easier to connect lights exactly where they are needed.

ZFX Launches Automation

by Jacob Coakley

ZFX now offers automated solutions for complex flying sequences
LOUISVILLE, KY—ZFX Flying Effects has formed a strategic alliance with Stage Technologies, based in Las Vegas, Nevada, to offer automated solutions for productions that require more complex flying sequences. ZFX will add award-winning products from Stage Technologies, including hoists and control systems, to its roster of complete flying services. Adding automation to the company’s offerings is part of an overall change in direction and coincides with hiring Joe Champelli as ZFX’s new General Manager. An automation and machinery design expert, Champelli will spearhead the development and implementation of automated technology and products.

ZFX Now Offers Crashing Chandelier Effect for Phantom

by Jacob Coakley
ZFX’s new Crashing Chandelier effect is designed to add pop to productions of Phantom of the Opera.

ZFX’s new Crashing Chandelier effect is designed to add pop to productions of Phantom of the Opera.

ZFX does more than fly people. They offer costumes and set pieces for shows—now including a chandelier effect for Phantom of the Opera, one of the most popular musicals of all time. Rodgers & Hammerstein Theatrical has recently made the rights to the musical available to schools and colleges, and ZFX’s chandelier effect offers a way for producers short on technical resources to have a safe, vibrant effect.

ZFX Thinking Outside the Flying Box

by Stage Directions

LOUISVILLE, KY — ZFX Flying Inc., provider of theatrical flying effects and supplier of sets, costumes and props for classic flying productions such as Peter Pan and Beauty & the Beast, now extends its theatrical repoirte to “non-flying” productions. 

Zimmerman Resigns As Equity President

by Jacob Coakley

NEW YORK—Mark S. Zimmerman has resigned as President of Actors' Equity Association. Equity’s First Vice President Paige Price will carry out the duties of the President until a new President is elected. This comes fast on the heels of John P. Connolly resignation as executive director Dec. 1.

Zina Goldrich & Marcy Heisler Receive Fred Ebb Award

by Jacob Coakley

NEW YORK—Author Marcy Heisler and Composer Zina Goldrich, who have been collaborating since 1993, are the recipients of this year’s Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre Songwriting, the fifth annual. They also received 2009 Drama Desk Award nominations for Outstanding Lyrics and Music for Dear Edwina.. and are past recipients of ASCAP's Richard Rodgers New Horizons Theatre Award.

Zorro Musical Gets Tungsten Look with Martin

by Stage Directions
LONDON – Currently on tour in the UK before opening on the West End in June is Zorro the musical, a stage production set to the richly resounding Latin American music of the Gipsy Kings and featuring a display of flamenco dancing, sword-fighting and acrobatics. Based on Isabel Allende's 2005 bestseller Zorro: A Novel, the stage musical is a prequel to the traditional events of the Zorro legend.