A still of 42nd Street with a sound design by Gareth Owen in London's West End
A still of 42nd Street with a sound design by Gareth Owen in London's West End

Personal Monitoring for Musicians, West End Show Style with Gareth Owen

Michael Eddy

Here’s a video interview with sound designer Gareth Owen on solving the challenges of personal monitoring for musicians in big London shows. Owen's designs for the productions of Wind in the Willows (London Palladium), Bat Out Of Hell (London Coliseum) and 42nd Street (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane) all use an Allen & Heath system, consisting of ME-1 Personal Mixers and a dLive Mixrack.
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The ST3 and i-Chip 150 followspots
The ST3 and i-Chip 150 followspots

Strong Lighting Joins Forces with Phoebus Manufacturing

Michael Eddy

Strong Lighting and Phoebus Manufacturing announced that the full line of Phoebus followspots and searchlights will now be sold, serviced, and manufactured by Strong Lighting. Effective March 15, 2018 Strong will assume all operations, sales, and support associated with one of the industry’s foremost family of followspots and searchlights.

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Stop by Stage Directions Studio at USITT Booth 1701

Stage Directions

Stage Directions Magazine is looking forward to our partnership this year with USITT debuting the Stage Directions Studio (Booth #1701). We are located across from the Prop Lab, of which SD is the media partner. Throughout USITT we will be interviewing presenters, designers, fellows and attendees. In fact, we got up and running today even though the show floor was in the final stages of set-up. We spoke with Ken Billington, Jonathan Deans, Tupac Martir, and Steven Adelman so be sure to watch for those informative video interviews! If you are at USITT stop by Booth 1701, the Stage Directions Studio because you never know who will be on set!

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Guild of Scenic Artists at USITT 2018
Guild of Scenic Artists at USITT 2018

The Guild of Scenic Artists at USITT 2018

Stage Directions

The Guild of Scenic Artists have left winter behind and travelled to sunny Florida for the 2018 USITT Conference and Stage Expo in Fort Lauderdale, March 14-17. Stop by the Guild of Scenic Artists’ Booth #1939 to say hello and get some swag! They are eager to talk about the resources the Guild offers for fellow Scenic Artists, plans they have for the future, and to listen to your feedback on how they can better serve you.

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Reading From a Manuscript Before him, He Continuously Whispers the Lines.  James O. Spearing. “The Prompter’s Art Lost to America.” New York Times, June 19, 1927. ProQuest Historical Newspapers
Reading From a Manuscript Before him, He Continuously Whispers the Lines. James O. Spearing. “The Prompter’s Art Lost to America.” New York Times, June 19, 1927. ProQuest Historical Newspapers

Historical SM Calling Technology: Bells, Whistles, Flags, and Call Boys

Jennifer Leigh Sears Scheier

Tracking technological developments over time might be my favorite subtopic within the scope of stage management history. Calling technology predictably changed over time, however, it also affected how audiences related to backstage life. Before Clear-Coms and lightweight headsets, there were telephone switchboards and before that, there were cue lights. But let me tell you a little secret: before electricity, calling the show had an aural impact on the performance.

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