Rendering of the interior of a theater at the Victoria. Credit: Kostow Greenwood Architects
Rendering of the interior of a theater at the Victoria. Credit: Kostow Greenwood Architects

Apollo Theater is Creating the Apollo Performing Arts Center

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The Apollo Theater announced that it is undertaking the initial phase of the iconic Theater’s transformation into the Apollo Performing Arts Center with two new theaters within the Victoria Theater Redevelopment Project at 233 West 125th Street. The theaters will be the first physical expansion of the Apollo in its nearly 85-year history. The Apollo will manage the cultural initiatives, including two new, state-of-the-art, flexible performance venues, one with 99 seats and the other with 199 seats, and office space for the Apollo and partner cultural organizations. Apollo’s 25,000-square foot facility, designed by Kostow Greenwood Architects, will be located on the third and fourth floors of the building.

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The set design for this production of Carmen at the Bregenz Festival was by Scenic Designer, Es Devlin
The set design for this production of Carmen at the Bregenz Festival was by Scenic Designer, Es Devlin

Immersive Sound for Carmen at the Bregenz Festival in Austria

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Lawo, manufacturer of network, control, audio, and video technology, announced that its new Lawo mc²96 console had been installed in Bregenz, Austria, to support sound reinforcement and directional listening systems for the sold-out run of Georges Bizet’s Carmen at the annual summer Bregenz Festival, that took place on the floating stage at Lake Constance. Here’s a video trailer of the Bregenz production of Carmen: {youtube}v=FB4Sq3pOh_M{/youtube}

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Berkeley Rep will be using the GalaPro captioning system
Berkeley Rep will be using the GalaPro captioning system

Berkeley Rep Receives Funding from AT&T to Assist in Launch of GalaPro Captioning System

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Berkeley Repertory Theatre announced that it will be utilizing the Gala Prompter (GalaPro) system and app to provide closed captioning for all performances of its upcoming subscription season shows starting with the world premiere of Paradise Square: A New Musical. Here’s a video explaining the GalaPro system: {youtube}v=NMYQK25ajrU{/youtube}

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The Grand Hall Rises as Battersea Arts Centre Reopens

Howard Sherman

That the Battersea Arts Centre in London is calling its current programming roster its Phoenix Season should come as no surprise to anyone aware of the venue’s recent history. In early 2015, an overnight fire rendered the Grand Hall, the largest space in the century-old facility, a charred wreck, with little but the exterior walls remaining. Fortunately, the construction of the building was such that the while the Grand Hall was a shambles, the other parts of the building, equally historic, escaped any significant damage. Unlike most organizations facing such devastation, BAC was already discussing reconstruction with architects the day after the disaster. How did they manage to set to planning so quickly?

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The Little Mermaid performed at The Classical Academy in Colorado. Photo credit: Shayla Marin Photography
The Little Mermaid performed at The Classical Academy in Colorado. Photo credit: Shayla Marin Photography

The Classical Academy in Colorado Goes with All LED Lighting

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The Classical Academy (TCA) in Colorado Springs, CO recently debuted its new performing arts auditorium with a production of The Little Mermaid enhanced by an all LED Elation Professional lighting system designed and installed by Second Opinion Audio.

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