During the session titled ‘Bringing It All Together – The Production Designers,’ host Michael Eddy and moderator Robb Jibson were joined by Jonathan Smeeton, Bryan Hartley and Brendan Gray.
During the session titled ‘Bringing It All Together – The Production Designers,’ host Michael Eddy and moderator Robb Jibson were joined by Jonathan Smeeton, Bryan Hartley and Brendan Gray.

Pro Production Sessions at NAMM Offer Wealth of Tips from Industry Pros

Kathy Eddy

If you were looking for a wide range of tips on everything from cool visual design ideas (Stop thinking “literally,” start thinking “laterally” -Jonathan Smeeton) to how to make a graceful exit from the tour bus without watching your career crash and burn (Make effective use of the ample downtime you have on tour to plan your career transition -Robert Scovill), the Hilton Anaheim’s fourth floor was the place to be from Jan. 25-27.

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Andrew Pernetti, Eastern Sales Manager, Powersoft, and James Putland, Office Manager, Powersoft
Andrew Pernetti, Eastern Sales Manager, Powersoft, and James Putland, Office Manager, Powersoft

Powersoft Announces Key Appointments in North American Operations

Michael Eddy

Powersoft announced two key appointments as it seeks continued growth in the North American market. Effective immediately, the company has appointed Andrew Pernetti as Eastern Sales Manager and James Putland as Office Manager. Both new employees will report directly to Luca Giorgi, General Manager, North America, Powersoft. The announcement comes after Powersoft recently announced its new U.S. headquarters location in Kearny, NJ.

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The recent revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at London’s National Theatre featured a sound design by Paul Groothuis
The recent revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at London’s National Theatre featured a sound design by Paul Groothuis

Sound Designer Paul Groothuis on Follies at the National Theatre

Michael Eddy

Closing in January following an extended run, a revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at London’s National Theatre featured a sound design by Paul Groothuis, who has credits on more than 120 productions at the National Theatre alone. Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is set in New York, 1971 where there’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished and 30 years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. The show featured a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21.

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Paul Wong has been appointed managing director of Avolites
Paul Wong has been appointed managing director of Avolites

Avolites Appoints Paul Wong as Managing Director

Michael Eddy

London-based technology industry expert Paul Wong has been appointed Managing Director of Avolites. Born and raised in sunny Southport, Wong is an experienced Business to Business managing director with a track record of strong growth in multiple industries with a focus on industry-leading technological innovation.

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Harold Prince
Harold Prince

Happy 90th Birthday to Hal Prince

Howard Sherman

Hal Prince is marking his 90th birthday by speaking about his past but also his very busy future. September saw the publication of his latest book Sense of Occasion and in October he spoke with SD Contributor, Howard Sherman for our Stage Directions' cover story. On his birthday, SiriusXM debuted a new limited-run series, The Hal Prince Talks, featuring the 21-time Tony Award winner Prince and the Tony winning Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller in a relaxed conversation about the art of storytelling, directing, producing, and what he thinks of theater audiences of today.

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Bobby ‘Boomer’ Thrasher accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 17th Annual Parnelli Awards in Anaheim, CA. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images Getty Images for NAMM)
Bobby ‘Boomer’ Thrasher accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 17th Annual Parnelli Awards in Anaheim, CA. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images Getty Images for NAMM)

Parnelli Awards Winners Announced at 17th Annual Gala

Michael Eddy

The 17th annual Parnelli Awards gala, held Friday, Jan. 26 at the Anaheim Hilton during NAMM 2018, honored Bobby “Boomer” Thrasher, Jonathan Smeeton, and John Stadius with the Lifetime Achievement Award, Visionary Award, and Audio Innovator Award, respectively. Stage Directions was proud to be on hand with our colleagues from Projection Lighting & Staging News, and Front of House to celebrate these amazing, talented, and hard-working people. 

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Behind the Scenes
Behind the Scenes

Support Behind the Scenes at USITT

Michael Eddy

The Long Reach Long Riders and Behind the Scenes will host their annual fundraising raffle at the USITT Conference March 15-17 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. This year’s raffle will celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Long Reach Long Riders annual charity motorcycle ride. The Riders who have raised over half a million dollars for charity in their years of touring, will be riding June 23-30 on the Gap and Notch Tour: A Ramble through New England.

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