Backstage Video: Moby-Dick Load-In Time-Lapse - American Repertory Theater

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In this Backstage Video from American Repertory Theater you can see a time-lapse of Scenic Designer Mimi Lien's set for Moby-Dick being loaded in. From the creative team behind A.R.T.’s 2015 production of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 comes an epic musical adaptation of Herman Melville’s iconic American novel. As the egomaniacal Captain Ahab drives his crew across the seas in pursuit of the great white whale, Melville’s nineteenth-century vision of America collides head-on with the present. 

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Some of the lighting looks that are possible at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center
Some of the lighting looks that are possible at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center

Marion Cultural and Civic Center Gets Versatile with CHAUVET Professional Maverick

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The Orpheum Theatre, in Marion, IL, opened its doors for the first time on January 2, 1922 and was the flagship location of a vaudeville chain and hosted stars like Harry Houdini and the Ziegfeld Follies. The Orpheum is long gone, having been purchased by the city and renamed the Marion Cultural and Civic Center in the 1970s, the entertainment tradition continues as the 1,100-seat facility showcases a diverse mix of stars from a variety of genres. Only today, performers on its stage are supported by a modern LED lighting system that would have been unimaginable in the Orpheum’s incandescent era. Anchoring that rig is collection of 46 CHAUVET Professional Maverick fixtures that were added to the theater’s rig earlier this year.

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NATEAC will take place July 19-20, 2020 in New York City
NATEAC will take place July 19-20, 2020 in New York City

NATEAC 2020 Announces TAIT as first Platinum Sponsor

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Bill Sapsis, Director of the North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC), is very happy to announce that TAIT, the world market leader in designing, constructing, and delivering world-class solutions for live experiences, is NATEAC’s first Platinum Sponsor. The upcoming NATEAC will take place July 19-20, 2020 in New York City.

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Pictured are (l to r) LiteGear’s Mike Bauman, Al DeMayo, Mike Wagner and Paul Royalty presenting the check to Lori Rubinstein and Rick Rudolph (far right) form Behind the Scenes.
Pictured are (l to r) LiteGear’s Mike Bauman, Al DeMayo, Mike Wagner and Paul Royalty presenting the check to Lori Rubinstein and Rick Rudolph (far right) form Behind the Scenes.

LiteGear Supports Their Colleagues With LiteMat Fixtures

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Every time someone buys one of LiteGear’s popular LiteMat fixtures they are helping an industry colleague who is seriously ill or injured. That’s because LiteGear has pledged a portion of the profits of the sales of all LiteMat fixtures to Behind the Scenes and at the recent LDI show they presented a check to the charity for $10,000. LiteGear’s ongoing support of the charity through its Pledge-a-Product Program represents an incredible commitment by the company, its employees, and its customers to care for their colleagues in need.

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Nicholas Mariano and Blair Johnson Appointed as Lectrosonics Regional Reps
Nicholas Mariano and Blair Johnson Appointed as Lectrosonics Regional Reps

Lectrosonics Appoints Blair Johnson and Nicholas Mariano as Regional Representatives

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Lectrosonics, the manufacturer of wireless microphone systems and audio processing products for the film, broadcast, theater, music, and installed sound markets, is pleased to announce the appointments of two new U.S. regional representatives, Blair Johnson in the Northeast and Nicholas Mariano in the Southeast.

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Masque Sound is supporting the national tour of The SpongeBob Musical. Photo Credit Jeremy Daniel
Masque Sound is supporting the national tour of The SpongeBob Musical. Photo Credit Jeremy Daniel

National Tour of The SpongeBob Musical Supported by Masque Sound

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When SpongeBob SquarePants, an incurable optimist and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends (and one squirrel) decided to come up to the surface for the national tour of The SpongeBob Musical, fans rejoiced. The challenging task of bringing the magical sounds of Bikini Bottom to audiences across the country fell squarely on the capable shoulders of Sound Designer Walter Trarbach. Trarbach in turn, relied on Masque Sound to deliver a custom audio equipment package capable of capturing the essence of the show and its original pop- and rock-infused songs. Trarbach was nominated for a Tony Award for his work that helped tell the story of SpongeBob's heroism as he and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. 

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The 2020 Symposium on Education in Entertainment and Engineering issues a call for proposals
The 2020 Symposium on Education in Entertainment and Engineering issues a call for proposals

2020 Symposium on Education in Entertainment and Engineering Issues Call for Proposals

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The Department of Theatre and The School of Engineering Education at Purdue University and the Entertainment Engineering and Design Program at UNLV announce the second annual Symposium on Education in Entertainment and Engineering (SEEE), to be held July 2020. This event aims to foster discussion, collaboration, and dissemination of work related to instruction and training of students seeking careers where engineering and live entertainment converge. The 2020 SEEE will be held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, July 23 & 24, 2020.

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A scene from Good for Nothing. Photo by Jakob Carlsen
A scene from Good for Nothing. Photo by Jakob Carlsen

Headphone-Wearing Audience Experiences Immersive Live Audio with new DPA 4560 Binaural Headset

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Nanna-Karina Schleimann became one of the first sound designers to make use of DPA’s new 4560 CORE Binaural Headset Microphone, which gives sound technicians, vloggers, film makes and YouTubers an accurate and reliable tool to capture authentic 3D audio in real time. Delivering the superior sound quality for which DPA products are internationally renowned, this new headset allows theatre, film, and online content creators to capture exactly what each ear is hearing so that those consuming the content on headphones can experience full immersive sound.

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USITT 2020 Distinguished Achievement Award Winners Announced

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The USITT Distinguished Achievement Awards honor individuals who have established meritorious career records in specific fields of expertise in any area of design or technology in the performing arts or entertainment industry. Each will be a featured part of the USITT 2020 Conference in a special session presented by one of the Commissions. Areas of achievement include, but are not limited to disciplines represented by the Commissions of USITT, scenic design, lighting design, sound design, technical direction, costume design & technology, theatre architecture, theatrical consulting, production management, stage or arts management, entertainment technology, education, or a convergence of these disciplines. Get to know this year's winners.

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