The 2019 TDF/Irene Sharaff Award Recipients
The 2019 TDF/Irene Sharaff Award Recipients

The 2019 TDF/Irene Sharaff Award Recipients

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Award-winning costume designer Susan Hilferty and legendary scenic designer John Lee Beatty are among the 25th Anniversary TDF/Irene Sharaff Award recipients. The awards are presented through TDF’s Costume Collection at a ceremony on Friday, April 26, at 6:30pm, at the Edison Ballroom. Hilferty was selected to receive the TDF/Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award for costume design and Beatty will receive the Robert L. B. Tobin Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatrical Design. Additionally, costume designer Mio Guberinic will receive the TDF/Kitty Leech Young Master Award and Rodney Gordon will receive the TDF/Irene Sharaff Artisan Award.
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The Edie Whitsett Grant and the Jen Trieloff Grant will support props artisans starting their careers
The Edie Whitsett Grant and the Jen Trieloff Grant will support props artisans starting their careers

Society of Properties Artisan Managers Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

Michael Eddy

It's that time again to apply for the two annual grants from The Society of Properties Artisan Managers for props personnel looking to further their career: the Edie Whitsett Grant and the Jen Trieloff Grant. Both are intended to assist with transportation, housing, or necessities while completing an internship in the field of properties. Applications are due by May 15.

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The Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour production of West Side Story
The Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour production of West Side Story

West Side Story in Sydney Battles the Elements

Michael Eddy

After eight years of Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour (HOSH), Opera Australia presented West Side Story, the first musical to be performed on the iconic harbour-side stage. Boasting a stage that is almost two and a half times larger than any indoor stage in Australia, the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour series is one of the biggest outdoor theatrical events in the country, and a highlight of the Australian cultural calendar.

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The theater at the Red Earth Arts Precinct in Western Australia
The theater at the Red Earth Arts Precinct in Western Australia

The Red Earth Arts Precinct Upgrades its Communications Systems

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HME Services develops AV, lighting design, staging, and venue system integration, and has built valued relationships with a wide variety of clients, including theaters, opera houses, universities, and performing arts centers. When HME Services was tasked to work on the new Red Earth Arts Precinct in Karratha, Western Australia, the integrator turned to Melbourne-based NAS Solutions, Pliant Technologies’ Australian distributor. NAS Solutions supplied Pliant’s CrewCom wireless intercom system in order to provide proven and dependable wireless intercom for the entire facility.

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Two Danley SM80s hang below a Danley TH118 subwoofer
Two Danley SM80s hang below a Danley TH118 subwoofer

Audio Upgrade for Alabama Performing Arts Center

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The Pell City Center for Education and the Performing Arts (CEPA) is the cultural heart and soul of Pell City, Alabama, a mixed economy town and Birmingham suburb of over 13,000 residents. A little over a decade old, CEPA’s lovely 400-seat theater is used daily by the adjacent Pell City High School, the nearby middle school, several other Pell City-area schools, and numerous community groups. It hosts musicals, dramas, school band performances, concerts, and lectures, but until recently, its sound reinforcement system fell far short of complete coverage, leaving some one hundred seats in nothing but the diffuse sound field. Local AV integration and live sound production company Lost in Sound designed and installed a Danley-based system that now covers all of the seats with highly-intelligible sound.

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The cast of Mean Girls, The Musical in front of the projected scenery
The cast of Mean Girls, The Musical in front of the projected scenery

Mean Girls, The Musical Shines Brightly on Broadway

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Mean Girls, The Musical has been playing at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre since April 2018. It’s a fast-moving expedition through Tina Fey’s infamous story, which explores the impact of the ever-fluctuating pecking order of high school girls. Based on the 2004 cult teen film of the same name; it has been gifted a fresh life for the stage. The new production features a dynamic, video-led design that seamlessly changes playing locations. Such scenic agility is facilitated by one of the most ambitious uses of story-enhancing video content on a Broadway show.

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Peter Pan at Parkland HS with a a lighting design by LD Chris Foster
Peter Pan at Parkland HS with a a lighting design by LD Chris Foster

Parkland HS Theater Uses its New Lighting System for Peter Pan

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The musical Peter Pan has captivated audiences with images of fairies, mermaids, lost boys, pirates, Captain Hook, and a tick-tocking crocodile over the years. The magic of Neverland came to life in a recent production of the J.M. Barrie classic at Parkland High School, outside Burnie, Tasmania. Supporting the production with vivid colors and evocative gobos was a lighting design by LD Chris Foster. His design drew on the performance features of the theater’s new lighting system, featuring CHAUVET Professional Maverick MK2 Spot fixtures, supplied by Show Systems Australia.

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