The new Ovation PAR Fixture range from CHAUVET
The new Ovation PAR Fixture range from CHAUVET

CHAUVET Professional to Showcase New Ovation PAR Fixtures at USITT

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CHAUVET Professional’s Ovation line of LED ellipsoidal, Fresnel, and batten fixtures have earned praise since their introduction a few years ago, impressing lighting designers from London’s West End, to regional theatres in Australia and across the U.S. Now the company has expanded its stage lighting series by introducing a collection of Ovation PAR fixtures that it will be showcasing at USITT.

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The memorial service for Fred Foster will be held on March 18th in Madison, WI
The memorial service for Fred Foster will be held on March 18th in Madison, WI

Memorial Service Date Set Remembering Fred Foster

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Fred Foster, ETC co-founder, was a visionary, an innovator, and a role model. Foster impacted the lives of thousands around the world through product innovations, philanthropic donations, and student mentorship programs. His ideas were big, and his heart bigger. Foster lost his battle with cancer on Friday, February 8th at the age of 61.

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Lighting designer, Jeff Croiter
Lighting designer, Jeff Croiter

Jeff Croiter To Conduct USITT Session Sponsored By CHAUVET Professional

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Tony Award-winning Lighting Designer, Jeff Croiter will offer a step-by-step tour of the creative process behind theatrical lighting design, when he conducts Start to Finish – The Designer’s Journey, an educational session sponsored by CHAUVET Professional at USITT. Scheduled to run on Thursday March 21 from 2:45 to 4 PM, the session will be held at Room M107 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville.

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The 50th Anniversary Gala for URTA. ©2019 Jon Allegretto for Maypole Studios Photography
The 50th Anniversary Gala for URTA. ©2019 Jon Allegretto for Maypole Studios Photography

URTA 50th Anniversary Gala Funds Scholarships

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URTA hosted a gala celebrating its 50th anniversary at the Palmer House in Chicago on January 25. The sold-out event featured a performance by Colby Lewis from the Chicago cast of Hamilton. An URTA alum from the University of Connecticut, Lewis offered, “I’m playing hooky today, but for a good cause. URTA changed my life."

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Submission Deadline Extended for 2019 Theatre Education Award
Submission Deadline Extended for 2019 Theatre Education Award

Submission Deadline Extended for 2019 Theatre Education Award

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The Tony Awards® and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) are once again set to recognize an exemplary teacher with the Excellence in Theatre Education Award. The 2019 honor will be presented to the winner at the 73rd annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 9, 2019. The deadline to submit teachers for this award has been extended until February 22nd. Here’s a video of the 2018 Excellence in Theatre Education winner Melody Herzfeld from Parkland, FL announcing that submissions are open for the 2019 award: {youtube} v=PXGZe59j9Pk{/youtube}

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The restoration project has transformed the derelict space into a stunning, 900-capacity commercial theatre.
The restoration project has transformed the derelict space into a stunning, 900-capacity commercial theatre.

PA System Choices for Newly Restored Alexandra Palace Theatre

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Alexandra Palace is an iconic building with a history absolutely linked to the narrative of London and Londoners. It was opened in 1873 as a grand Victorian public gesture – ‘the people's Palace’. Since then, the complex story of the building, affectionately known as ‘Ally Pally’, has been marked by fires, restoration, substantial war-time damage, charitable rescue, and many political sagas. In December, after 80 years of slumber, Alexandra Palace Theatre has opened again following several years of careful restoration. As part of the process, a complete technical infrastructure had to be installed, including a substantial L-Acoustics Kara PA system that brings a fitting quality of sound to the beautifully restored space. Here’s a video on the renovation of the Alexandra Palace Theatre: {youtube} v=Dwxihhc2WcQ{/youtube}

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The Sennheiser 600 MHz wireless trade-in program ends March 31, 2019
The Sennheiser 600 MHz wireless trade-in program ends March 31, 2019

The Sennheiser 600 MHz Wireless Trade-in Program Ends March 31, 2019

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Over the next few years, the FCC’s Incentive Auction will prohibit customers from operating wireless microphones in the 600 MHz frequency band. Your current wireless systems may be affected. If so, Sennheiser will help you trade in your old 600 MHz gear towards new wireless. 600 MHz gear from any competitive manufacturer will be accepted. Sennheiser’s 600 MHz program is coming to an end, it finishes March 31st, 2019. Here’s a video from Sennheiser on its trade-in program: {youtube} v=c9BdlFFpfUE{/youtube}

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