Østre Gasværk Teater. Photos: Louise Stickland
Østre Gasværk Teater. Photos: Louise Stickland

An Extensive Rigging Upgrade at Landmark Copenhagen Theater

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Denmark’s Østre Gasværk Teater in the city’s Østerbro district is housed in a former gas holder once part of the old Eastern Gasworks complex, built in 1878 and designed by Martin Nyrop, also the architect of Copenhagen City Hall. The venue has functioned as a performance space since the 1970s, however in the last year an extensive technical refit and major rigging upgrade has involved the installation of a completely new free-standing steel grid internal structure, together with a Kinesys automation system – featuring the latest Kinesys Apex chain hoists and DigiHoist control.

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Four ESTA Standards Approved

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On November 6, ANSI's Board of Standards Review approved four ESTA standards. Three are new or revised standards and one is the reaffirmation without changes of an existing standard. All four are published and are available for free download from the TSP website at tsp.esta.org/freestandards thanks to the sponsorship of Prosight Specialty Insurance. They are also available for sale from ANSI and IHS for the retail price of $40. The four standards are:

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A scene from Tinga Tinga Tales - The Musical. Photo credit: Alexis Buatti-Ramos
A scene from Tinga Tinga Tales - The Musical. Photo credit: Alexis Buatti-Ramos

Colorful Lighting for Tinga Tinga Tales - The Musical

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Why do chameleons change colors? Technically it has something to do with things called nanocrystals in their cell structure. But a more wondrous and soul-stirring explanation can be found in one of the many African fables that come vividly to life in Tinga Tinga Tales – The Musical. A scene in the Kenyan children’s musical recounts a time when the chameleon was a dull, gray, and sad creature. That was until it met a butterfly who led it to a very special rainbow. Stepping onto the rainbow, the chameleon instantly metamorphized into a magnificently colored animal resplendent in reds, yellows, oranges, pinks, and greens. Here's a video of the production and then read more about the design.
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Chicago Broadway's longest-running American musical
Chicago Broadway's longest-running American musical

Chicago Celebrates 22 Years on Broadway

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The Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical Chicago, now playing at Broadway’s Ambassador Theatre, celebrates its 22nd Broadway anniversary today! To commemorate the milestone, here are 22 facts about Chicago’s 22 “Razzle Dazzle” years! Plus a video of Costume Designer William Ivey Long talking us through the show's design character-by-character. Happy Anniversary...and all that jazz!
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ESTA Announces Education at The NAMM Show 2019

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ESTA is offering four days of curated education at The NAMM Show 2019, January 24-27. Register for the conference using promo code ESTA@NAMM and not only will you receive 50% off the $50 registration cost, but all of ESTA’s sessions and nearly all of the education being offered at NAMM are included. ESTA’s education is divided into four tracks: Lighting & Electrical, Lighting Networking, Rigging, and Safety. ALL of ESTA’s sessions will offer ETCP renewal credits. That’s 80 renewal credits available to ETCP Certified riggers and electricians for free. Do not miss this incredible opportunity.

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Point Source Audio knows a thing or two about the proper method of coiling mic cables
Point Source Audio knows a thing or two about the proper method of coiling mic cables

Point Source Audio: Sounding Board Blog: How to Properly Coil Microphone Cables

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Coiling Mini-Mic and Lavalier Cables
Since miniature microphones are what we do, we have to show you how to wrap up their cables too. Since most mini-mics, lavs, and headset mics have integrated wires, folks are often tempted to wrap the wire around the mic or body pack. This is a big no-no. The tiny coils created by doing this put a big strain on the wires, causes them to knot, and the kinks will make it more difficult to lay the wires flat when mounting them on your performer. Using proper microphone cable winding techniques will save your cables and make you more popular around the shop. Start practicing now and show your friends! This video shows the proper technique for coiling miniature microphone cables and is very similar to the over-under: 

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Actor Douglas Rain as Henry V in the Stratford Festival in 1966. Photo by Peter Smith / The Canadian Press
Actor Douglas Rain as Henry V in the Stratford Festival in 1966. Photo by Peter Smith / The Canadian Press

In Memoriam: Actor Douglas Rain, Stratford Festival Pioneer

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The Stratford Festival lost one of its pioneers on November 11th. Douglas Rain died of natural causes at the age of 90 at St. Marys Memorial Hospital, just outside of Stratford, Ontario, the city in which he established his career, becoming one of the world’s great classical actors.

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