Industry News
A moment from Le Dernier Panache, lit with Robe DL-series fixtures
A moment from Le Dernier Panache, lit with Robe DL-series fixtures

It seems incredibly French to me that a theme park would include a new 19-million Euro (approximately $21 million U.S.) theatre. The theatre seats 2,400 people, who sit in the middle of a 360-degree rotating platform. The platform turns and unfurls a show in front of them. The theme park (Puy du Fou) calls the new theatre “Le Théâtre des Géants,” and Koert Vermeulen, LD of the new show “Le Dernier Panache” called for Robe DL7S and Robe DL4S fixtures for the larger-than-life show. 

Read more: Giants Theatre Goes Big with Robe DL Fixtures

Tools of the Trade
The new Lex Products Cat 6 Touring Shielded Cable Assembly
The new Lex Products Cat 6 Touring Shielded Cable Assembly

Lex Products’s new Cat 6 Touring Shielded Cable assembly is a heavy-duty tour-grade extension that is suitable for use in demanding locations. Category 6(Cat 6) is an established platform that utilizes standard twisted pair cable for expanded data transmission while remaining backwards compatible with Category 5/5e and Category 3 currently in use. Lex Products’ version includes a ruggedized Cat 6 extension for less-than-ideal environments. The Cat 6 Touring Grade Cable possesses a unique structure that keeps 23AWG twisted pairs fixed and properly spaced within a tinned copper braid shield that optimizes data transfer along the entire length of the cable. Dual layers of polyurethane jacket improve abrasion resistance and continuous bending cycles.

Read more: Lex Products Releases Cat 6 Touring Shielded Cable Assembly

Tools of the Trade
The Buddha DMX appliance with stylus from Blizzard Lighting
The Buddha DMX appliance with stylus from Blizzard Lighting

Blizzard Lighting’s new Buddha is a DMX Data Handheld appliance equipped to measure, test, and troubleshoot any application with DMX controlled lighting. Complete with a user-friendly 6-button, full-color TFT touch screen display, this unit has many diverse capabilities including testing 3/5-pin cables and MIDI signals; monitoring and analyzing signals; programing sequences; sending and receiving DMX; storing data via SD card; and so much more. As always, BUDDHA is backed by Blizzard’s 2-year warranty.

Read more: Blizzard Lighting Releases Buddha DMX Tester

Industry News
A moment from The Rose Tattoo at Williamstown Theatre Festival
A moment from The Rose Tattoo at Williamstown Theatre Festival

Masque Sound returned to the Williamstown Theatre Festival this year, collaborating with Sound Supervisor Ben Truppin-Brown on seven plays at the Festival. Truppin-Brown was happy to work with Masque Sound as they provided him with a flexible system with a wide variety of top-notch gear to meet the designers’ needs. 

Read more: Masque Sound Celebrates 13 Seasons at Williamstown

Changing Roles
Allyn Burrows will take over as artistic director at Shakespeare & Company
Allyn Burrows will take over as artistic director at Shakespeare & Company

Longtime member of Shakespeare & Company, Allyn Burrows was named artistic director of the Massachusetts theatre. He has been the Artistic Director of Actors’ Shakespeare Project in Boston since 2010 where he was instrumental in that company’s growth and artistic success. He will be full-time at Shakespeare & Company starting in January 2017. 

Read more: Shakespeare & Company Names Allyn Burrows New AD

Tools of the Trade
The Prodigy P75 Self Climber from ETC Rigging
The Prodigy P75 Self Climber from ETC Rigging

ETC Rigging’s new Prodigy P75 Self Climber Hoist consists of the same technology as all Prodigy hoists, repackaged in a custom-made, heavy duty TOMCAT 20.5-inch truss with a Working Load Limit (WLL) of 2,000lbs (900 kg) and vertical travel of 75 feet. The Self Climber was built to accommodate venues and installations that may have domed or peaked roofs, plaster ceilings, tight spaces and corners, such as historic buildings, houses of worship, theaters, arenas and more. ETC Rigging’s Prodigy line of hoists – including the P75 Self Climber – all contain high-level safety features such as slack-line detection, load cell, load profiling, and dual-brake systems. Every Prodigy hoist comes fully tested and prereeved and the Self-Climber is no exception.

Read more: ETC Rigging Introduces Prodigy P75 Self Climber

Industry News
A Zero 88 FLX console in the Underbelly venue at the Edinburgh Fringe
A Zero 88 FLX console in the Underbelly venue at the Edinburgh Fringe

Zero 88 lighting consoles ran the lighting for approximately 130 venues at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Zero 88 product specialists were on hand to help users work with the consoles, including the new FLX, Solution, Jester and even the “classic” Fat Frogs. In total, more than 280 lighting technicians were trained on Zero 88 consoles over the course of the Festival.

Read more: Zero 88 Lights – And Trains – At the Edinburgh Fringe

Industry News
The Robert Mendoza designed holiday card for Behind the Scenes
The Robert Mendoza designed holiday card for Behind the Scenes

The deadline for ordering 2016 Behind the Scenes Holiday Cards is Monday, Sept. 12. After that the only way to get one of these custom cards, which benefit the Behind the Scenes charity and feature theatrical and holiday themed images, will be to hope someone has you on their card list.

Read more: Time Running Out to Order Behind the Scenes 2016 Holiday Cards

Tools of the Trade
ETC’s Source 4WRD LED engine has passed its new testing regimen
ETC’s Source 4WRD LED engine has passed its new testing regimen

ETC released their Source 4WRD LED engine, a unit that would allow owners of tungsten-based Source Four fixtures to change them over to LED-based fixtures this past spring. They halted shipping the units when they discovered a problem with the thermal management system. ETC has now announced that their solution has passed its internal testing and they are once again shipping the Source 4WRD.

Read more: ETC Re-Releases Source 4WRD

Theatre Buzz
The A.R.T/New York Theatres will open in November.
The A.R.T/New York Theatres will open in November.

The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York will open the A.R.T./New York Theatres in November. The two “affordable, state-of-the-art” performance spaces will receive generous rental subsidies from the city of New York, with a 91-year lease on the space to insure its continued operation, to serve “smaller budget” non-profit theatres. For their first year they have selected 21 nonprofit companies as their tenants.

Read more: 21 Theatre Companies Earn Space in New NYC Theatres

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