Backstage Video: The Designs for the Neverending Story at the 2019 Stratford Festival

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Hiding in a closet to avoid school bullies, ten-year-old Bastian becomes immersed in a strangely compelling book: the tale of a hero’s quest to save the realm of Fantastica from the encroaching terror of the Nothing. But is Bastian just a reader of this extraordinary story – or a vital part of it? Produced as a part of The Stratford Festival's Schulich Children’s Plays, The Neverending Story is an adaptation of the novel by Michael Ende and adapted by David S. Craig. In this video from Stratford Festival, Designer, Bretta Gerecke discusses her design work on this fantastical production: {youtube}v=AR6JbiHZYr8{/youtube}

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The view into the house of the Schauspiel Hannover
The view into the house of the Schauspiel Hannover

Schauspiel Hannover Upgrades its Audio Systems

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The Schauspiel Hannover, part of the Niedersächsische Staatstheater Hannover GmbH, offers its audiences theater, entertainment, and music in five different venues. In addition to the Schauspielhaus on Prinzenstraße near the main station, these are the Cumberlandsche Bühne, the Cumberlandsche Galerie as well as Ballhof Eins and Ballhof Zwei in the old town. After the sound mixing desk had been upgraded in the Schauspielhaus two years ago, the next logical step was the modernization of the main and backstage sound system.

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The new automated lights from High End Systems installed at the Kauffman Center. Photo: Tyler Nissen/Harvest Productions
The new automated lights from High End Systems installed at the Kauffman Center. Photo: Tyler Nissen/Harvest Productions

The Automated Lighting Upgrade for The Kauffman Center

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High End Systems’ Sola Series products have replaced part of the lighting rental inventory in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The Kansas City, MO venue needed upgrading and required the wide range of features and benefits of the LED automated luminaires.

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Working with the Kinesys rig in the 4Wall shop in Lititz, PA
Working with the Kinesys rig in the 4Wall shop in Lititz, PA

4Wall Invests in Kinesys

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Lighting and video rental specialist 4Wall Entertainment has invested in new Kinesys automation equipment with the purchase of 36 x Elevation vari-speed chain hoists, 36 x LibraCELL load monitoring shackles, two K2 control consoles, and numerous Kinesys Vector control systems. This substantial purchase is for general stock and reflects the growing trend and demand for automation systems as part of shows, events, touring lighting and video systems as well as set element motion.

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The Meyer Sound audio rig highlighted on the set of Follies at The National Theatre in London. Photo by Ellie Kurttz
The Meyer Sound audio rig highlighted on the set of Follies at The National Theatre in London. Photo by Ellie Kurttz

National Theatre in London Install Meyer Sound LEOPARD and LINA for Good

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Lavished with exuberant praise by critics, a 2017 production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies was a complete sellout for the Olivier Theatre — the largest stage of London’s esteemed National Theatre complex. Since audiences couldn’t get enough, the production has been revived for 2019, and returning along with it are Meyer Sound’s LEOPARD and LINA line array loudspeakers augmented by more than 25 additional fill and delay loudspeakers. As part of a unique sonic collaboration between Meyer Sound and the National Theatre, the entire system will remain as the permanent house system after the scheduled close of Follies in May. Here's a video from Meyer Sound on the new audio system at the National:
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