A view from the rear of the house of the J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre in My Old Kentucky Home State Park, which has been staging The Stephen Foster Story since 1959
A view from the rear of the house of the J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre in My Old Kentucky Home State Park, which has been staging The Stephen Foster Story since 1959

The Stephen Foster Story Gets Big Impact with Danley Sound Labs Loudspeakers and Amplifiers

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The J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre in My Old Kentucky Home State Park has been staging The Stephen Foster Story since 1959, and millions of people have traveled to Bardstown, KY from around the state, the country, and the world to experience it. When the stage was recently demolished and rebuilt, local AV integration firm JCA Media gave The Stephen Foster Story—along with all of the concerts and other theatrical works staged there—an awesome new Danley Sound Labs sound reinforcement system that delivers far better performance at significantly less cost than a comparable line array system.

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ESTA Announces 2019 Election Results

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ESTA announces the 2019 election results. The elections for the ESTA Board of Directors concluded at midnight on October 31st. Elected Board members are Todd Spencer, PSAV, for President; Alan M. Rowe, IATSE Local 728, returns for his second term as Organizational Director; and Joe Aldridge as Individual Director. These terms of office begin on January 1, 2020 and run through December 31, 2022.

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Inside the Wig Room with the RSC
Inside the Wig Room with the RSC

Inside the Wig Room at the RSC

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Head of Wigs and Makeup Sandra Smith shows us backstage and inside the Royal Shakespeare Company's (RSC) Wig Room, where actors have their wigs fitted before they go onstage. She shows how the team works and talks through the different styles of wig the RSC uses for a show, and what happens when an actor steps into the wig room and they've had a bad day...

Inside the Wig Room was nominated for a 2019 Royal Television Society (RTS) Midlands Award.

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American Theatre Wing’s Working in the Theatre: Devised Theatre
American Theatre Wing’s Working in the Theatre: Devised Theatre

American Theatre Wing: Working in the Theatre Looks at Devised Theatre

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American Theatre Wing’s Working in the Theatre documentary series features fascinating people on the stage, behind the scenes, and in the audience. From Tony Awards® and Obie Awards® winning artists to the next generation of theatre makers, they capture theatre’s inner-workings, industry luminaries, and unique stories that surround important work. In this latest episode they look at Devised Theatre.
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SM Survey is a GO!

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The Stage Manager Survey is back! Created by Stage Directions’ blogger and contributing writer, David McGraw, the Stage Manager Survey is open to anyone who has served as SM or ASM for at least 3 performing arts (circus, dance, opera, theatre, etc.) productions.

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The Show Globe for Wicked. Photo: Walter Wlodarczyk for the Times Square Alliance
The Show Globe for Wicked. Photo: Walter Wlodarczyk for the Times Square Alliance

Times Square Alliance Unveils First Holiday Show Globes

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Times Square to host holiday “Show Globes” – large snow globe displays inspired by the designs of hit Broadway shows – throughout the holiday season

The Times Square Alliance unveiled the first holiday “Show Globes” in Times Square on the Broadway Plaza between 44th and 45th Streets. The event included remarks by the Alliance President, Tim Tompkins as well as representatives from each of the four Broadway shows. “Show Globes” will be on display in Times Square through December 26, 2019.

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The lobby before opening the 2019 USITT Conference & Stage Expo in Louisville, KY
The lobby before opening the 2019 USITT Conference & Stage Expo in Louisville, KY

Registration Now Open for 60th Annual USITT Conference & Stage Expo

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Record Attendance Expected for Only Complete Production Event in the U.S.

Registration for USITT’s Annual Conference & Stage Expo taking place in Houston, April 1-4, 2020, is now open. This Texas-sized show will bring action and excitement to more than 6,000 members of the technical production and live entertainment industry to the George R. Brown Convention Center as USITT puts on the only complete production event in North America.

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Porgy and Bess at the Metropolitan Opera
Porgy and Bess at the Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera Chooses the Artiste Monet from Elation

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Theatrical-grade LED luminaire meets world-class venue’s exacting standards. LD Don Holder first to use new lighting rig on Porgy and Bess

The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, home to the Metropolitan Opera, has recently installed 70 Elation Professional Artiste Monet™ LED profile moving head luminaires with LD Don Holder the first to use the new rig of award-winning lights on Porgy and Bess. Lighting supply was by 4Wall Entertainment. Here's a video clip of “Leavin’ for the Promise’ Lan’” from Porgy and Bess:

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Scenes from the Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Sibiu, Romania
Scenes from the Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Sibiu, Romania

Backstage Production Group Lights the Most Famous Theatre Festival in Romania with CHAUVET Professional

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Earlier this summer, the 25th edition of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, a 10-day event drew over 3,300 artists from 70 nations who performed for over 62,000 visitors daily. Supporting their work with smooth key lighting and vivid colors was a festival rig supplied by Backstage Production Group that featured Ovation and COLORado fixtures from CHAUVET Professional.

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