Some of the participants in the LED Ellipsoidal Shootout, L to R: Steven Rosen, Available Light; Sonya Rosen, Skidmore College; Matthew Burstein, Jessica Krometis, and Matt Zelkowitz of Available Light.
Some of the participants in the LED Ellipsoidal Shootout, L to R: Steven Rosen, Available Light; Sonya Rosen, Skidmore College; Matthew Burstein, Jessica Krometis, and Matt Zelkowitz of Available Light.

Boston LED Ellipsoidal Shootout

Michael Eddy

BOSTON, MA—In mid-March, 50 lighting industry professionals in Boston gathered to see the LED Ellipsoidal Shootout produced by USITT and hosted by High Output. Seven companies brought a total of 20 luminaires to do side-to-side comparisons.

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Kinesys' new Apex Hoist
Kinesys' new Apex Hoist

Kinesys Prolight+Sound 2017

Michael Eddy

HAMPTON, MIDDLESEX, UK—Automation manufacturer Kinesys launches its brand-new Apex chain hoist system on Stand D15 in Hall 3 (level 0) at the 2017 Prolight + Sound expo in Frankfurt, April 4-7. The Apex system, which is launched with a new hoist controller and two new chain hoists, incorporates the best of Kinesys’ extensive experience working with variable speed chain hoists to create a range of safe and reliable hoists and controllers designed to maximise creativity.

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The Tempest by the RSC featured extensive video mapping. Photo by Topher McGrillis
The Tempest by the RSC featured extensive video mapping. Photo by Topher McGrillis

Production Design for The Tempest at the RSC Includes Video Mapping

Michael Eddy

LONDON, UK—As the finale to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) presented a dazzling new production of The Tempest in the Bard's birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon. the production will also be presented this summer at London's Barbican Theatre. The Production Designer was Stephen Brimson Lewis, the Video Designer was Finn Ross, and Simon Spencer was the Lighting Designer.

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Robert Juliat’s new LED followspots, Oz and Alice
Robert Juliat’s new LED followspots, Oz and Alice

Robert Juliat Prolight + Sound 2017

Michael Eddy

FRESNOY-EN-THELLE, FRANCE—Robert Juliat will be at Prolight + Sound 2017 in Hall 3.0, in the Lightpower area on Stand C42. From April 4-7, the company will be showing off a range of new products in Frankfurt. New product offerings will include new long- and short-throw LED-based followspots, variable white versions of the ZEP Fresnel and ZEP profile, and the new Dalis 861 Washlight and Dalis 862S mini-Footlight, both with LED-light engines. 

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ETCP
ETCP

ETCP Launches Portable Power Distribution Technician Practice Exam

Michael Eddy

NEW YORK, NY—The Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) will launch a practice exam for the Portable Power Distribution Technician certification examination on April 1, 2017. The web-based practice exam will consist of fifty questions is available from that date forward for forty dollars at etcp.esta.org/practiceexams. Candidates should go to the “Candidates” link and then follow the menu to ETCP and choose this exam.

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Chanhassen Dinner Theatres' production of Camelot
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres' production of Camelot

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres Add New Lighting Options

Michael Eddy

CHANHASSEN, MN—The Chanhassen Dinner Theatres complex has been a beehive of activity since it opened in 1968. Over 10 million people have seen shows at the Chanhassen, which is the largest professional dinner theatre in the US.  Most productions run eight shows a week for six months, separated by breaks of only a few days. Lighting director, Sue Berger, chose to add seven Chauvet Professional Rogue R2 Washes to the complexes lighting inventory.

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