A Look at the Masks and the Puppets in The Lion King's Puppet Shop

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It was this week 21 years ago, Oct. 15, 1997 to be precise, that The Lion King played its first preview and audiences first saw the beautiful and intricate costumes, masks and puppetry so central to the narrative and to the unique experience of the production. Adam Savage and the team at Tested went backstage at The Lion King during its run in San Francisco in this video visit to the musical's puppet shop, where puppet supervisor Michael Reilly walked them through the numerous intricate and varied puppets and masks used in the performance and showed how they're maintained in their traveling workshop.

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5th Annual Q2Q Comics Costume Contest!

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It’s October, so of course Q2Q Comics is doing their costume contest again! Submit photographic proof of you dressed as your favorite Q2Q Comics character for Halloween and you can win fabulous prizes! Creativity, effort, and attention to detail will all help you earn points. You can enter by yourself, with a friend, or as a whole danged group if you want.

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LD Mathieu Poirer on Lighting Hotel for Cirque Eloize

Michael Eddy

Lighting Designer Mathieu Poirier created the atmosphere of the grand hotels of the past for Hotel, the latest touring show for Montreal-based company Cirque Eloize. In Hotel acrobatics, theater, dance, and live music guide the audience through an intimate refuge with an avant-garde look inspired by the elegance of the greatest hotels. The lives of transient travelers intersect briefly but long enough for tales and memories to be forged. Poirier selected Claypaky’s new Axcor Spot 300 moving LED fixtures to help set the scene for the troupe’s very special 25th anniversary production.

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A Midsummer Nights Dream at the Istrian National Theatre. Photo by Tanja Draskic Savic
A Midsummer Nights Dream at the Istrian National Theatre. Photo by Tanja Draskic Savic

The Istrian National Theatre in Croatia Updates its Lighting

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The Istrian National Theatre is located in the medieval port city of Pula on the Istrian peninsula in Croatia and is one of the most important cultural institutions in the region, renowned for the quality and innovation of its productions. It has a 720-seat main auditorium and produces around 10 new works per year, mainly drama or modern dance, plus one children’s production. The original building dates back to 1871 when the theater opened. It was reconstructed in 1918 and extensive further restoration and upgrade work was undertaken in 1989 including the installation of a new fly tower, which made it capable of staging far more ambitious productions.

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Sound Designer Scott Lehrer Gets Immerses for Carousel

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The 2018 revival of the Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic musical, Carousel, completed its run at the Imperial Theatre in New York City with a sound design that earned the show and its Broadway Sound designer – and Tony winner – Scott Lehrer, along with associate Alex Neumann, a Tony nomination this year. An immediate hit when it first played in 1945, Carousel had to compete hard in the wake of Oklahoma, the first and very successful collaboration between Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein. Hence it is packed with memorable songs, from “If I Loved You” through “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over”, to the popular yet demanding strains of “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.

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Final Day to Claim Shure 600 Mhz Wireless Rebate Is October 31, 2018

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In April 2017, Shure announced a rebate program of up to $500 per channel on the purchase of new Shure wireless microphones and personal monitor systems accompanied by the trade-in of wireless systems operating in the 600 MHz frequency band (614-698 MHz). Products from Shure and from other wireless manufacturers are eligible for the trade-in program. Earlier this year, it was announced that the Shure 600 MHz wireless rebate program had been extended through October 31, 2018. This will be the final date to act on the rebate.

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