LACMA exhibition of Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage
LACMA exhibition of Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage

A Look Back at the LACMA Exhibition Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage

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A year ago this week, LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) in Los Angles opened the Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage. The exhibition concentrated on Marc Chagall’s designs for four productions for the stage—the ballets Aleko, set to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1942), The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky (1945), Daphnis and Chloéby Maurice Ravel (1958), and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute (1967). The exhibition featured the artist’s vibrant costumes and set designs—some of which had never been exhibited since they appeared on stage. Though you might have missed the exhibition it is worth getting a look at the exhibition in this video that brings together the worlds of art, music, and costume design to reflect on Chagall's designs for the ballet and opera. Featuring costume designer Albert Wolsky, costume historian Bobi Garland, visual artist Frances Stark, opera director and Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage exhibition designer Yuval Sharon, LACMA installation specialist Melinda Kerstein, and LACMA curators of Costume & Textiles Clarissa Esguerra and Kaye Spilker. 

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ETCP Announces Changes to Portable Power Distribution Technician Eligibility Requirements

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After an extensive survey of stakeholders, employers, and subject matter experts, it was determined that candidates could acquire the foundational knowledge and skills to qualify to sit for the Portable Power Distribution Technician examination with a less stringent work requirement. Effective immediately, the ETCP Certification Council has lowered the eligibility requirements for candidates applying to take the PPDT examination to 20 points from the original 25 points.

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Titanic The Musical, presented by Serenbe Playhouse. Photo by BreeAnne Clowdus
Titanic The Musical, presented by Serenbe Playhouse. Photo by BreeAnne Clowdus

Serenbe Playhouse Sinks the Titanic, Nightly

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This summer, the Serenbe Playhouse is producing Titanic: The Musical in which the ship is submerged nightly. Here’s a video documentary on the design and installation process as well as the actors and stunt coordinator working on this ambitious production that features Serenbe’s Artistic Director and Director of Titanic, Brian Clowdus along with Set Designer, Adam Koch, and Associate Designer, Steven Royal: {youtube}v=dU78EGjZLHY{/youtube}

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Chris Schyvinck, (Left) President and CEO at Shure receives the Global Excellence Award from Julian Phillips (Right) Executive Vice President at Whitlock, who also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for AVIXA.
Chris Schyvinck, (Left) President and CEO at Shure receives the Global Excellence Award from Julian Phillips (Right) Executive Vice President at Whitlock, who also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for AVIXA.

Shure Receives 2018 Global Excellence Award

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The Global Presence Alliance (GPA), the “Star Alliance” of the Integrated Audio-Visual Experience Industry, has again recognized Shure as a 2018 Global Excellence Award winner. As a reflection of the leading audio, visual, and UC manufacturers and vendors, the annual Global Excellence Awards honor vendors that exhibit the highest level of commitment to delivering superior experiences to GPA members and global customers. Shure was previously honored with this prestigious achievement in 2017 and 2016, shortly after the Company joined the GPA’s Accredited Vendor Program.

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The Chorus of Jagged Little Pill. Photos © Evgenia Eliseeva
The Chorus of Jagged Little Pill. Photos © Evgenia Eliseeva

Justin Townsend Lights Acclaimed Jagged Little Pill

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The world premiere of Jagged Little Pill, featuring the music of Alanis Morissette, ran for 79 sold-out performances – May 5th to July 15th – at American Repertory Theater’s Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, MA. This was the longest run of any production at the theater. The show, which incorporates music from Morissette’s 1995 Grammy Award-winning album such as “Ironic” and “You Oughta Know,” is an original story that deals with some of today’s most significant issues like opiate addiction, gun control and gender identity.

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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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