Two Employees Return to J.R. Clancy

Jacob Coakley

Patrick Finn and Paul Skidmore have returned to J.R. Clancy in its sales and product-development staff. Patrick Finn returns to J.R. Clancy after a stint at Sapsis Rigging. He returns to continue his work in product development while researching new innovations within the entertainment technology field. Skidmore returns after working as national sales manager for Pook Diemont & Ohl, Inc. In his new position at J. R. Clancy as Business Development Manager, Paul’s main focus is on developing strategies to move Clancy forward with its full line of existing and new products, and on developing new markets.

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Tait and Stage Technologies Move Into New Las Vegas Home

Jacob Coakley

Tait and sister company Stage Technologies have moved into a new joint location in Las Vegas on Wynn Road. The new space includes 30,000 square feet of workshop space, seven loading docks and a full ground-supported test stand and will accommodate work for west coast theatre, casino and theme park clients. Other features of the location include all utilities and systems for testing and system configurations for these projects. In addition to functioning as Tait’s west coast permanent installation hub, the onsite team will handle operations, local show service and support, project management and administration.

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Robe Robin Series Lights This Is Brazil at Edinburgh Fringe

Jacob Coakley

Robe moving lights lit up The Pleasance venues at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, with Pointes, 600E Spots, MMX Spots, MMX WashBeams, MMX Blades and LEDWash 600s working in the 23 pop-up venues operated by The Pleasance. Matt Britten, Pleasance technical operations manager and Dom Knight, Pleasance Edinburgh head of lighting chose the Robe fixtures, which were supplied by Black Light, a sales, rental and installation specialist based in Edinburgh. One of the bigger shows for The Pleasance was This Is Brazil, which took place in the Pleasance Grand, a 750-seat theatre, and featured 10 LEDWash 600s, six MMX Blades and six MMX WashBeams all from Robe’s ROBIN series, which were used extensively throughout the show to help create atmosphere and add color and striking effects.

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Ashly Audio Powers Our Lady of Lourdes Academy’s Multipurpose Gymnasium

Jacob Coakley

Our Lady of Lourdes Academy in Miami, Fla. recently spent $15 million on renovations to their school, including a multi-purpose gym that will hold classes, assemblies and performances in addition to athletic activities. Revelation Sound, Inc. (RSI), an A/V specialty electrical and integration firm, was awarded the contract for the audio, video and intercom portion of the project. The project team placed a huge priority on ease of use to handle all these needs easily at the school, so Revelation Sound chose Ashly Audio KLR-series amplifiers and an 8 x 8 Ashly ne8800 networked audio processor.

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United Performing Arts Fund Allocates $9 Million

Jacob Coakley

The United Performing Arts Fund will distribute $9,075,300 to its member organizations and affiliates. The $9 million is a nine percent increase over 2013 and the most in UPAF history. The record-setting 2014 UPAF Campaign was co-chaired by Bob Arzbaecher, chairman of Actuant Corporation; Therese Burkhart, community volunteer; and Glen Hackmann, vice chairman of Robert W. Baird and Co. The allocation numbers are determined by an independent committee, which was expanded this year to increase representation of UPAF's largest corporate donors. The UPAF Allocation Committee utilized the allocation process that was established in 2013 to ensure transparency and objectivity while maintaining prudent stewardship of donor dollars.

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Yamaha Audioversity Brings Live Sound Reinforcement Program to Chicago

Jacob Coakley

Yamaha Audioversity will focus on sound reinforcement/live sound in Chicago with three days of classes November 3-5. Day 1 will focus on digital mixing consoles for sound (featuring CL and QL series consoles); Day 2 will cover digital audio networking (fundamentals in the context of a common home network, and expand into features required for full scale Dante network provisioning and configurations) and Day 3 dives into speaker systems (with new Nexo and STM products). Attendees will be eligible to receive CTS credits for each of the three-day sessions.

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Philips Selecon and Vari-Lite Fixtures Make Edinburgh Fringe Festival Debut

Jacob Coakley

The Philips Selecon  Rama LED Fresnel and Vari-Lite VLX Wash were new additions to the lighting rig at the C South venue at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Rama LED Fresnel luminaires took care of the warm and cool Front of House wash light two VLX Wash luminaires were installed as key light FOH with two additional luminaires providing back key light. Owen Horton, theatre manager at C south, praised both luminaire’s “beautiful dimming curves” that “dim all the way down to zero without a bump at the bottom.”

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Robert Juliat Partners with Licht-Technik Vertriebs to Create Line of Motorized Fixtures

Jacob Coakley

Robert Juliat partnered with Licht-Technik Vertriebs of Germany to create motorized versions of Robert Juliat’s Fresnel, PC and profile fixtures. Licht-Technik Vertriebs’ range of motorized yokes and barndoors, color changers and dimmer shutters will complement Robert Juliat’s fixtures in new fixtures aimed at theatre and studio installations.

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Michael Riedel Loses Bet, Gets Doused With Ice

Jacob Coakley

In a fun story about the politicking and press that happens in the big-stakes Broadway world, longtime New York Post gadfly and Broadway gossip columnist Michael Riedel lost a bet to Finding Neverland producer Harvey Weinstein, and had a bucket of ice water poured over his head as part of the ALS ice bucket challenge. After Riedel wrote a column criticizing Finding Neverland (which is playing at American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass., in a run-up to a Broadway debut) without having actually seen the show, the producer Harvey Weinstein invited him to see the show for himself and offered him a challenge: if less than 80% of the audience did not love the show, Weinstein would do the ALS ice bucket challenge. However if 80% or more of the audience loved it, Riedel would have ice dumped on him. The show was surveyed and the results were verified by accounting firm Ernst and Young. After 96% of the audience voted they loved the show, Weinstein doused Riedel. (Read the whole press release after the jump for a few more great digs at Riedel—including one from himself.)

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