For the opera, Arjuna’s Dilemma, sound engineer Lucy Peckham chose DPA Microphones’ d:screet 4061 Necklace Microphone. Photo Credit – Eric Garrison
For the opera, Arjuna’s Dilemma, sound engineer Lucy Peckham chose DPA Microphones’ d:screet 4061 Necklace Microphone. Photo Credit – Eric Garrison

Groundbreaking Opera in Nepal Trusts DPA Microphones

Michael Eddy

KATHMANDU, NEPAL—When Lucy Peckham, co-partner of Anchorage-based Both Ears Live Sound, was contacted by Greg Mitchell, a design professor at UC Santa Barbara, she knew she would be a part of something special. Mitchell was looking for a sound engineer to go to Nepal to work on the first opera ever performed in that country. The opera, Arjuna’s Dilemma, by American Composer Douglas J. Cuomo, is based on a story from the Hindu holy text, the Bhagavad Gita. It was to be staged outdoors in the world heritage site Patan Durbar Square near the end of the rainy season.

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Broadway's Hudson Theatre
Broadway's Hudson Theatre

NYC's Hudson Theatre Opens as Broadway's Newest and Oldest

Kathy Eddy

NEW YORK, NY—When Sunday in the Park with George began previews on Feb. 11, 2017 it marked the re-opening of New York City's historic Hudson Theatre making it the 41st Broadway house. Situated just off Times Square in New York on 44th Street, built by Henry B. Harris, a famous Broadway producer of the period, the Hudson Theatre opened on October 19, 1903 with a production of Cousin Kate starring Ethel Barrymore. The Hudson Theatre now holds the unique distinction of being both the newest Broadway house and the oldest.

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Antaeus Theatre's new Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center
Antaeus Theatre's new Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center

Antaeus to Unveil Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale

Michael Eddy

GLENDALE, CA—Antaeus Theatre Company will pull back the curtain on the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale with Open Stages weekend of free community events. Antaeus will name its new venue at 110 E. Broadway in Glendale the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in honor of the Gindlers’ $1 million capital campaign contribution and long-standing patronage. Following months of construction, doors will open on March 2 with Open Stages, four days of free events set to introduce Antaeus to the Glendale community. The inaugural production, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, will begin previews on March 16 and open on March 23.

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Mamma Mia in Estonia lit by LD Meelis Lusmägi
Mamma Mia in Estonia lit by LD Meelis Lusmägi

LD Meelis Lusmägi Lights Mamma Mia in Estonia

Michael Eddy

TARTU, ESTONIA—Lighting designer, Meelis Lusmägi lit the first Estonian production of Mamma Mia, which was produced at the Vanemuine Theatre’s ‘big house’ in Tartu, Estonia. For this production Lusmägi used the Vanemuine’s house rig which includes a number of Robe moving lights, to light the lively and colourful show set on the Greek island of Kalokairi. This non-replica version of Mamma Mia was licensed by Musical Theatres International show and was directed by Ain Mäeots who assembled the creative team for this show.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber celebrates four hit musicals playing simultaneously on Broadway when Sunset Boulevard opens
Andrew Lloyd Webber celebrates four hit musicals playing simultaneously on Broadway when Sunset Boulevard opens

Andrew Lloyd Webber Joins Rodgers & Hammerstein in the Broadway History Book

Michael Eddy

NEW YORK, NY—Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is now celebrating four hit musicals playing simultaneously on Broadway when Sunset Boulevard opened at the Palace Theatre last Thursday night. Three of Lloyd Webber’s musicals are playing at the Winter Garden (School of Rock – The Musical), Majestic (The Phantom of the Opera) and Neil Simon (CATS) Theatres. Lloyd Webber joins Rodgers and Hammerstein as the only composers in Broadway history to achieve this milestone. 

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New faces at ETC include:(L to R) David Hilton, Erin Giblin, Jacob Coakley
New faces at ETC include:(L to R) David Hilton, Erin Giblin, Jacob Coakley

ETC Announces Two New Employees and a Role Change

Michael Eddy

MIDDLETON, WI—In 2016, ETC hired a record number of new employees and had more internal job transfers than any year before. So far in 2017 has started out the same, with many new employees joining the ETC team and employees moving into new jobs within the company. Erin Giblin and Jacob Coakley are two of those new faces, while David Hilton transitions into a new role at ETC.

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The new 300-seat Greenwin Theatre at The Toronto Center for the Arts. Photograph by Tom Arban Photography
The new 300-seat Greenwin Theatre at The Toronto Center for the Arts. Photograph by Tom Arban Photography

Toronto Centre for the Arts Creates Two Spaces from One

Michael Eddy

TORONTO, CANADA—The Toronto Centre for the Arts brought in Theatre Consultants Collaborative (TCC) to complete an ambitious renovation of an underutilized 1,800-seat Broadway-style touring hall, which has resulted in two new venues. The 580-seat Lyric Theatre occupies the seating area of the former auditorium and the 300-seat Greenwin Theatre was built on the former stage and backstage areas.

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Technical Standards Program
Technical Standards Program

TSP Announces E1.31 (aka sACN) is Open for Revision

Michael Eddy

NEW YORK, NY—The Control Protocols Working Group—of ESTA’s Technical Standards Program—is now opening the document, E1.31, Entertainment Technology, for revision. This revision is limited to the incorporation of IPv6 and to correct errors. Input on additional features is not being sought at this time. E1.31, Entertainment Technology—Lightweight streaming protocol for transport of DMX512 using ACN, describes a mechanism to transfer DMX512A packets over a TCP/IP network using a subset of the ACN protocol suite. It covers data format, data protocol, data addressing, and network management. It also outlines a synchronization method to help ensure that multiple sinks can process this data concurrently when supervised by the same controller. E1.31 was last revised in 2016 to incorporate DMX512A universe synchronization.

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Disney's The Little Mermaid at The Beck Center for the Arts. Photo by Kathy Sandham courtesy of The Beck Center for the Arts.
Disney's The Little Mermaid at The Beck Center for the Arts. Photo by Kathy Sandham courtesy of The Beck Center for the Arts.

Sound Designer Carlton Guc takes Lectrosonics 'Under the Sea'

Michael Eddy

LAKEWOOD, OH—Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Hans Christian Anderson’s classic story of a young mermaid who ventures into the world above the sea, recently premiered at the Mackay Theatre at The Beck Center for the Arts. Sound Designer Carlton Guc has worked on countless productions at Beck Center over the years and chose Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless® technology for this production, including LM, SMV, and SMQV belt pack transmitters.

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