The Lyric Theatre is Reborn for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Michael Eddy

For Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the Lyric Theatre, a historic Broadway house in NYC, received some much need renovations to the auditorium and lobby, and even a bit of magic hit its 43rd Street entrance marquee. Working with a range of consultants, engineers, architects, and theatrical shops, the beautiful interior designs and the fantastical marquee were created by scenic designer for the production, Christine Jones and her associate scenic designer/international scenic supervisor for the show, Brett J. Banakis. See the transformation in this video as the cast sees the space for the first time and then scroll down to read Banakis’ inside perspective on this extraordinary aspect of the project in his own words.
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BBC sound effects men, hard at work, in the 1920s
BBC sound effects men, hard at work, in the 1920s

BBC Releases Massive Sound Effects Collection with Free Downloads

Michael Eddy

The UK public broadcaster, BBC is making over 16,000 sound effects files available for public use. They have gone into their massive archives and are making these files free to download for “personal, educational, and research purposes”. The sound effects can be downloaded in WAV format free of charge.

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The team from Listen Technologies breaks ground for its new building at its headquarters
The team from Listen Technologies breaks ground for its new building at its headquarters

Listen Technologies Celebrates Ground Breaking of New Building

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Listen Technologies, a provider of assistive listening and personal listening products for 20 years, recently held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site where it will construct a new building next to its headquarters on Heritage Crest Way. The new building is expected to be completed in fall 2018 and will double Listen Technologies’ corporate campus.

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From the 2017 Michael Merritt Awards
From the 2017 Michael Merritt Awards

2018 Michael Merritt Awards and Design Exposition

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The 25th Annual Merritt Awards for Excellence in Design and Collaboration will take place on Monday, May 14th, 2017 at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Broadway, film, television, and regional theatre costume designer Toni-Leslie James (Come From Away, August Wilson's Jitney) will receive the 2018 Merritt Award. Draper Beth Uber, Projections Designer Rasean Davonte Johnson, and Technical Director Becca Venable will also receive major awards in addition to student and exhibition prizes.

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Rosalind Chao as Etsuko in Francis Turnly’s ‘The Great Wave’ at the National Theatre. Photo by Mark Douet
Rosalind Chao as Etsuko in Francis Turnly’s ‘The Great Wave’ at the National Theatre. Photo by Mark Douet

Projection Mapping The Great Wave at the National Theatre

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Here’s a behind the scenes video from The National Theatre of the projection mapping for the recent production of The Great Wave in the Dorfman Theatre in London. Lighting desk programmer, Neville Billimoria walks us through his programming for the video on this production.

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