The Rome City Auditorium has a new theatre rigging and lighting system thanks to ETC and Barbizon Lighting Company. Photo by: Ashley Phillips Photography
The Rome City Auditorium has a new theatre rigging and lighting system thanks to ETC and Barbizon Lighting Company. Photo by: Ashley Phillips Photography

Rome City Auditorium Upgrades with Barbizon and ETC

Michael Eddy

MIDDLETON, WI—The Rome City Auditorium is a neoclassical brick building in historic downtown Rome, GA. But as its 100th anniversary approached the state of the theatre was anything but classic. The rigging system had become inoperable years earlier, an inadequate lighting system disappointed performers, and the lack of controls meant a lot of extra work for a staff of one. The Barbizon Lighting Company provided them with a new rigging system, LED luminaires for the stage, along with new control for the house and stage lighting.

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The Parnelli Awards
The Parnelli Awards

The Parnelli Awards to Relocate to The 2018 NAMM Show

Michael Eddy

CARLSBAD, CA—The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and Timeless Communications Corp. (TCC), publishers of Projection Lights & Staging News (PLSN), FRONT of HOUSE (FOH), and Stage Directions have formed an alliance to serve the live event production and theatre community at The 2018 NAMM Show, the organization’s annual tradeshow in Anaheim, California (January 25-28). As part of the agreement, TCC will bring its premier award show for the live production community, The Parnelli Awards to The NAMM Show creating a one-stop event for industry pros. 

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The Palace Theatre’s stage from the upper balcony. Photo courtesy Oertel Architects
The Palace Theatre’s stage from the upper balcony. Photo courtesy Oertel Architects

The Palace Theatre in St. Paul, A Modern Ruin

Michael Eddy

ST. PAUL, MN—When the City of Saint Paul, MN, purchased the Palace Theatre in the fall of 2015, the run-down building was close to condemnation. Built in 1916, the Palace first served the vaudeville circuit, later became a movie house, and eventually closed for regular use in 1977. Last month the Palace re-opened to rave reviews as a contemporary music venue, blending modern upgrades to equipment and amenities with deteriorated, preserved aesthetics. Theatre consultants Schuler Shook and Oertel Architects were key members of the project team.

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Todd Performing Arts Center (TPAC) at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, MD.
Todd Performing Arts Center (TPAC) at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, MD.

Todd Performing Arts Center Updates its Sound with Bose Professional

Michael Eddy

FRAMINGHAM, MA—The Todd Performing Arts Center (TPAC) at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, MD, recently upgraded its 903-seat theater audio system. The effort, led by AV consultant Convergent Technologies Design Group, Inc., was intended to bring the school’s main performance venue up to date; the team chose to go with the  RoomMatch® loudspeaker system from Bose® Professional. 

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USITT
USITT

USITT 2017 Was a Record Event for the Annual Conference

Michael Eddy

SYRACUSE, NY—This year's USITT’s Annual Conference & Stage Expo brought 5,500 attendees and 307 exhibitors to St. Louis, making it the biggest USITT yet. This is second time St. Louis has hosted the Annual Conference, bringing in an economic impact of $5.88 million, with attendees filling 10 hotels in downtown St. Louis and patronizing local arts venues and dining establishments throughout their stay.

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Dave Brooks joins Hughie's Event Production Services
Dave Brooks joins Hughie's Event Production Services

Hughie's Event Production Company Acquires Scenic Production and Design Company

Michael Eddy

CLEVELAND, OH—Hughie's Event Production Services announces the acquisition of the scenic production and lighting design resources of Dave Brooks. A life-long Clevelander, Brooks has spent the last 30 years working as a scenic and lighting designer, technical director, and production manager. In addition to his theatrical work, Brooks has provided design and production fabrication services for a diverse range of corporate and special events clients.

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ASTC
ASTC

ASTC USITT Venue Renovation Challenge 2017

Michael Eddy

LA LUZ, NM—Entrants to the 5th annual ASTC USITT Renovation Challenge presented their projects on March 10th at the 57th USITT Conference in Saint Louis, Missouri. The $1,000 Edgar L. Lustig Honor Award was given to Johanna Miller, Erin Collopy, and Zachary Briscoe undergraduate architecture students from Florida State University for their project in which they proposed to renovate the Drama Department’s Lab Theatre for back stage and front of house functional improvements. Their Theatre Consultant mentor was Todd Hensley, ASTC and their faculty advisor was Jim Lile.

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Chauvet lighting fixtures were a part of lighting supervisor Darren Rezowalli's plot
Chauvet lighting fixtures were a part of lighting supervisor Darren Rezowalli's plot

Geffen Playhouse Fundraiser Gets Elegance Plus Efficiency

Michael Eddy

LOS ANGELES, CA—Star power was out in force on March 19th, when the Geffen Playhouse hosted the 15th annual Backstage at the Geffen, a fundraiser that benefits the celebrated theatre’s artistic and community outreach programs. Lighting supervisor Darren Rezowalli for the event created a compact rig that could be set up quickly, and deliver the sharp effects and rich colors that such a glamorous evening demanded. A collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures were a part of the LA-based designer’s efficient rig.

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