Backstage Video: 48-Hour Time-lapse at the Metropolitan Opera

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The Metropolitan Opera does amazing technical feats as a matter of course, but this season, things got even more logistically complex when the company began the first regular Sunday matinees in its history. The new schedule means that the Met sometimes mounts four different productions in the 48 hours between Friday and Sunday evening—a truly herculean task that the company performs on a scale that is unusual, if not unique, in the world. Here’s a great time-lapse video of the set changeover as well as photos of props, costumes, wigs, etc as they load out La Bohème and then rotate through loading-in Madama Butterfly, Turandot, Manon, and Orfeo ed Euridice:

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How the Rosco Braq Cube Became the Footlight of Hadestown

Joel Svendsen

The hit Broadway production Hadestown is the winner of eight Tony Awards®, including Best Musical and Best Lighting Design for Lighting Designer Bradley King. The show, which was written and composed by Anaïs Mitchell, began as a concert and slowly evolved into a fully realized musical. When King joined the production team, the show was performing Off Broadway. The production—along with its lighting and scenic design—changed a lot during its journey to Broadway. When Hadestown finally arrived at The Walter Kerr Theater, King’s design changed again—this time calling out for a set of footlights. King explains the metamorphosis of his design and how the Rosco Braq Cube 4C LED fixture was a key solution to satisfy his need for a powerful, color changing footlight.

Hadestown began as an indie community theater project in Vermont in 2006 before becoming the Tony Award-winning production it is today. Here’s a video from Hadestown about this journey: 

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A trailer from Agrippina.
A trailer from Agrippina.

Elation Artiste Picasso Impresses at Royal Opera House in London

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Situated in London’s Covent Garden, the Grade 1 listed Royal Opera House (ROH) is one of London’s largest theaters. Housing both The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet, both world-leading companies whose productions feature the very finest national and international talent, the site’s rich history dates back to 1732 when the (then) Theatre Royal was opened. The ROH is home to an outstanding technical team, who work with cutting-edge technologies to enhance every aspect of its world-class program of events. Here is a trailer of Agrippina when performed at the BayerischeStaatsoper:

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Fifteen ESTA Standards in Public Review & a New Project

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Fifteen ESTA standards and draft standards are available for public review on the ESTA Technical Standards Program website. There is also a new TSP project for your consideration: BSR E1.69, Reporting the Low-End Dimming Performance of Entertainment Luminaires Using LED Sources, shall describe a way of showing the end-user or equipment specifier the low-end dimming performance of LED luminaires, when the luminaire output level is set by a control signal varying over the low-end range from 10% to 0%.

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The view from the stage of the Mead Theatre at The Schuster Center
The view from the stage of the Mead Theatre at The Schuster Center

FloppyFlex at Schuster Center, Mead Theatre

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In Dayton, OH, in the heart of the downtown Arts District, the Mead Theatre is the cornerstone of the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center. Opened in 2003, the 2,300-seat world-class venue hosts a wide range of performances, including the Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera, Dayton Ballet, touring Broadway shows, rock concerts, comedians, and more. Helping to inspire the imagination and refresh the spirit of the three-balcony facility, Scenic Solutions of Ohio specified and installed FloppyFlex LED neon into the unique architectural details of the venue.

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