Students lighting designers work on their presentation for the CHAUVET Student Lighting Showcase at the The Montalbán
Students lighting designers work on their presentation for the CHAUVET Student Lighting Showcase at the The Montalbán

CHAUVET Professional 5th Annual Student Lighting Showcase

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The Montalbán Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, which is owned by the Ricardo Montalbán Foundation as part of its mission to promote theatre education and the work of Latino artists, recently hosted the the CHAUVET Professional Student Lighting Showcase. Now in its fifth year, the annual interactive educational event, which was sponsored by 4Wall Entertainment, gives lighting students from Los Angeles-area college theatre programs an opportunity to collaborate on design projects and have their work evaluated by noted lighting designers. This year’s group of designers included Jeff Ravitz, Matt Ford, James Schipper, Rachel Miller, Mark Devlin, and Aron Altmark.

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The auditorium at Petal High School adds a line array for improved audio
The auditorium at Petal High School adds a line array for improved audio

Petal High School Adds Line Array for its Auditorium

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Petal High School, in Petal, MS enjoys a unique position in the state of Mississippi. Long-range planning has kept Petal an acknowledged leader in education; the district recently receiving a #1 ranking by the Mississippi Department of Education. Those strategic plans include the continuous addition and upgrading of facilities to increase and improve the academic opportunities.

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A performance on the River Stage at the National Theatre. Photo ©NT
A performance on the River Stage at the National Theatre. Photo ©NT

LD Huw Llewellyn Lights the River Stage at The National Theatre

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The National Theatre's River Stage Festival is in full swing, bringing a dazzling array of acts to London’s Southbank with on-the-fly lighting by Chief LD Huw Llewellyn. Now in its fourth year, the festival runs on weekends during July and August, bringing free performances of queer, classical, cabaret, dance and much more, to a temporary stage in front of the National Theatre’s iconic building.

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Ralph Stockley with the sign at the new Texas Prolyte office
Ralph Stockley with the sign at the new Texas Prolyte office

Prolyte Launches North America Office in Texas

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In response to increased worldwide demand for its staging products and solutions, Prolyte Group announces its expansion across North America with the opening of its office in Pearland, TX. The Netherlands-based company is a manufacturer of hardware and structural solutions for the entertainment industry with a product line that includes the aluminum truss structures, roofing, staging, crowd barriers, and hoist systems.

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Tony Hagopian, Executive Director and Christy Hamilton, Managing Director of URTA
Tony Hagopian, Executive Director and Christy Hamilton, Managing Director of URTA

URTA Announces New Leadership with Tony Hagopian and Christy Hamilton

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The University Resident Theatre Association's board of directors announces the appointment of Tony Hagopian to the position of executive director. Joining Hagopian on the new leadership team will be Christy Hamilton as managing director. The team will work to drive the organization's continued growth.

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Allen & Heath dLive presented at SoundGirls Expo 2018 by Live Audio Technician Willa Snow. Photo credit: Jerri Kaplan
Allen & Heath dLive presented at SoundGirls Expo 2018 by Live Audio Technician Willa Snow. Photo credit: Jerri Kaplan

Allen & Heath Supports Inaugural Florida Soundgirls Expo

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Hosted by Full Sail University, the inaugural SoundGirls Expo was presented at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida on July 14 and July 15, 2018. Organized by the local Orlando SoundGirls Chapter, the event featured a number of panel discussions, seminars and audio manufacturer demos and training sessions. Allen & Heath was a featured expo vendor alongside companies such as Analog Way, Clear Tune Monitors, and Shure.

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"Avenue Q the Musical" as performed by Lindenwood University students wearing the CO-8WL lavalier microphone. Credits: Designer, Kaitlynn Ferris (Lindenwood BFA Technical Theater Major) | Photographer, John Lamb | Actors, Weston Lundy and Jacob Quiggins
"Avenue Q the Musical" as performed by Lindenwood University students wearing the CO-8WL lavalier microphone. Credits: Designer, Kaitlynn Ferris (Lindenwood BFA Technical Theater Major) | Photographer, John Lamb | Actors, Weston Lundy and Jacob Quiggins

The Point Source Audio Sounding Board: Why (mic) Sensitivity Matters

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An Audio Director’s First Criteria for Mic Choice
Before standardizing on Point Source Audio’s CO-8WL Waterproof Lavalier Microphones, Brian Bird, Lindenwood University’s audio director and adjunct professor, A/B tested a number of lavalier microphones in a wide range of performance settings in the university’s two performance spaces. Ultimately, the Point Source Audio CO-8WLs outperformed all other lavalier mics tested with regards to Bird’s key performance criteria. But most notably, Bird discovered the CO-8WLs excelled over all other mics with regards to his number one criteria: high gain before feedback.

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A production as a part of theater summer camp at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
A production as a part of theater summer camp at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Theatre Summer Camp at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

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Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi holds a theatre summer camp each year and this year Elation Professional was proud to have been a sponsor by making available both LED and discharge-based moving heads that allowed students the hands-on opportunity to work with state-of-the-art lighting gear. Camp on the Coast: Creating Leaders in Life and on the Stage is a theatre camp that teaches more than acting, lighting, props, and costume design. Here's a video on Texas A&M University-Corpus Chriti's Camp on the Coast program: {youtube}v=YFbKqOiUb04{/youtube}

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