Tales of Hoffman, lit by Keith Arsenault for the St. Petersburg Opera. Photo by Jim Swallow
Tales of Hoffman, lit by Keith Arsenault for the St. Petersburg Opera. Photo by Jim Swallow

LD Keith Arsenault Lights Tales of Hoffmann for St. Petersburg Opera

Michael Eddy

Lighting Designer Keith Arsenault recently lit the St. Petersburg Opera Company’s production of the Jacques Offenbach classic, Tales of HoffmannFollowing a poet through three fanciful stories of unrequited love, this opera has held sway over audiences since it debuted in Paris 136 years ago. 

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Broadway Casting Directors Rally for Union Contract
Broadway Casting Directors Rally for Union Contract

Broadway Casting Directors Union Rallied Outside Tony Awards Rehearsals

Michael Eddy with Photos by Howard Sherman

Broadway casting directors rallied with union and theater supporters outside the Tony Awards rehearsals at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, calling for a union contract. Casting directors are organizing a union with Teamsters Local 817 and are calling on Broadway producers to negotiate a union contract. Though the Broadway casting directors joined Teamsters Local 817 in 2016, the Broadway League refused to negotiate a union contract with them.

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Durrell Ramer, ETC Global Customer Service and Systems Manager, Mike Meskill ETC, Global Technical Service Manager
Durrell Ramer, ETC Global Customer Service and Systems Manager, Mike Meskill ETC, Global Technical Service Manager

Durrell Ramer and Mike Meskill Take on New Management Roles at ETC

Michael Eddy

ETC is proud to announce the promotions of two new global service managers. Durrell Ramer was recently promoted to the role of Global Customer Service and Systems Manager and Mike Meskill is taking on the role of Global Technical Service Manager.

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The Infamous Steak from Proptologist Jay Duckworth

Michael Eddy

Props Artisan, (and SD contributor) Jay Duckworth is highly regarded for his mastery of all things props. He has even created an easy to eat steak for onstage meals that made a lasting impression on actor John Lithgow. In fact he asked the art department of his latest film Beatriz at Dinner to contact Duckworth in order to duplicate the easily eatable fake steak for him in the movie. Duckworth's recipe: watermelon and food coloring. It allows actors to chomp on a steak throughout a scene while still able to say their lines! 
Checkout Lithgow explaining the stage secret, crediting Duckworth for his ingenuity, on ABC's The Chew. Then scroll done to see the steak recipe.

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Set Designer Mimi Lien Starts The Great Comet Design at the Front Door

Kathy Eddy

While set designer Mimi Lien has won the 2017 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design in a Musical and is up for a Tony Award as well for her set design on The Great Comet, her design didn't stop with the stage or even the audience house. She has also transformed the lobby of the Imperial Theatre, transporting audience members from the  the moment they step inside from the street.

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