Switchboard at the prompter's corner
Switchboard at the prompter's corner

Historical SM Calling Technology: Telephone Switchboards

Jennifer Leigh Sears Scheier

Over the course of 75 years, as cueing technology was continuously updated, it drastically altered how a show was called and how the audience perceived the performance. As noted in my article on bells and whistles, the prompter performed an aural role in the production, one that was noticed and acknowledged by audience members. With the invention of the speaking tube, and cue lights, the prompter’s role became increasingly quieter and more remote, gradually disappearing from the audience’s experience. Once electricity was installed in theaters, the telephone system followed shortly behind.

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One Knot at a Time: Building Hair with a Purpose at UNCSA Wig & Makeup Program

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UNCSA Professor Christal Schanes had the idea of combining teaching wig building with a cause. See how that idea enters its third year as a class with a heart as part of the UNCSA Wig and Makeup Program and see Schanes support and offer guidance to Wig and Makeup student Gnoli Raynor as she prepares a custom wig for a patient at Novant Health's Derrick L. Davis Cancer Center.

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Oregon Shakespeare Festival

OSF on PBS NewsHour

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Recently the PBS NewsHour featured a report from Jeffrey Brown looking at how the Oregon Shakespeare Festival has sparked a wave of creative and economic growth in rural Ashland, Oregon. One of the country’s most important regional theater companies, OSF is acclaimed for provocative show content, community engagement and unusually diverse casting.
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Lon Mass, Roland Director of Pro A/V (L) and Alan Ruppert, Roland National Sales Manager – Pro A/V (R)
Lon Mass, Roland Director of Pro A/V (L) and Alan Ruppert, Roland National Sales Manager – Pro A/V (R)

Roland Professional A/V Expands Team with New Appointments

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Roland Professional A/V announces two new appointments of key personnel: Lon Mass as Director of Pro A/V, and Alan Ruppert as National Sales Manager – Pro A/V. Both Mass and Ruppert will be based in New York. The announcement was made by Tony Price, Roland Corp. U.S. Vice President of Sales, and represents Roland’s continued expansion in the pro A/V market sector.

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Zach Blane lit the recent production of My Name's Not Indian Joe
Zach Blane lit the recent production of My Name's Not Indian Joe

Zach Blane Lights My Name is Not Indian Joe

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My Name’s Not Indian Joe, by Elizabeth A. Davis, is a blues-tinged musical about the unlikely bond formed between a homeless Native American man and a young aspiring Texas beauty queen. Confronting societal issues, and fraught with deep and sometimes uncertain emotional currents, the story takes the two characters on an odyssey from Waco, TX to the streets of New York City. In the process, it reveals deep truths about human nature.

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Oskar Eustis. Photo Credit: Aislinn Weidele
Oskar Eustis. Photo Credit: Aislinn Weidele

Oskar Eustis Named as First Recipient of Gordon Davidson Award from SDCF

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The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) has named Oskar Eustis as the first recipient of its new honor, The Gordon Davidson Award, which will be bestowed annually by SDCF to recognize a director or choreographer for lifetime achievement and distinguished service in the regional theater nationally. The presentation of the award will take place on Saturday, September 22, at the Center Theatre Group’s Annex/ Gordon Davidson Rehearsal Hall, in a by-invitation-only event.{youtube}v=5foou7mIA0w{/youtube}

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Candidates gather for orientation at the 2017 URTAs in Chicago. Photo by Joel Moorman
Candidates gather for orientation at the 2017 URTAs in Chicago. Photo by Joel Moorman

Registration Opens for the 2019 URTAs

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Candidate registration has opened for the 2019 URTA Auditions & Interviews, widely known as “The URTAs”. The event, produced by the University Resident Theatre Association, allows MFA candidates in all areas of theatre a single place to audition and/or interview with recruiters from dozens of schools from across the U.S. and abroad.

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