Fifteen ESTA Standards in Public Review & a New Project

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Fifteen ESTA standards and draft standards are available for public review on the ESTA Technical Standards Program website. There is also a new TSP project for your consideration: BSR E1.69, Reporting the Low-End Dimming Performance of Entertainment Luminaires Using LED Sources, shall describe a way of showing the end-user or equipment specifier the low-end dimming performance of LED luminaires, when the luminaire output level is set by a control signal varying over the low-end range from 10% to 0%.

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ESTA Announces 2019 Election Results

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ESTA announces the 2019 election results. The elections for the ESTA Board of Directors concluded at midnight on October 31st. Elected Board members are Todd Spencer, PSAV, for President; Alan M. Rowe, IATSE Local 728, returns for his second term as Organizational Director; and Joe Aldridge as Individual Director. These terms of office begin on January 1, 2020 and run through December 31, 2022.

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SM Survey is a GO!

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The Stage Manager Survey is back! Created by Stage Directions’ blogger and contributing writer, David McGraw, the Stage Manager Survey is open to anyone who has served as SM or ASM for at least 3 performing arts (circus, dance, opera, theatre, etc.) productions.

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The lobby before opening the 2019 USITT Conference & Stage Expo in Louisville, KY
The lobby before opening the 2019 USITT Conference & Stage Expo in Louisville, KY

Registration Now Open for 60th Annual USITT Conference & Stage Expo

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Record Attendance Expected for Only Complete Production Event in the U.S.

Registration for USITT’s Annual Conference & Stage Expo taking place in Houston, April 1-4, 2020, is now open. This Texas-sized show will bring action and excitement to more than 6,000 members of the technical production and live entertainment industry to the George R. Brown Convention Center as USITT puts on the only complete production event in North America.

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Porgy and Bess at the Metropolitan Opera
Porgy and Bess at the Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera Chooses the Artiste Monet from Elation

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Theatrical-grade LED luminaire meets world-class venue’s exacting standards. LD Don Holder first to use new lighting rig on Porgy and Bess

The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, home to the Metropolitan Opera, has recently installed 70 Elation Professional Artiste Monet™ LED profile moving head luminaires with LD Don Holder the first to use the new rig of award-winning lights on Porgy and Bess. Lighting supply was by 4Wall Entertainment. Here's a video clip of “Leavin’ for the Promise’ Lan’” from Porgy and Bess:

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Scenes from the Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Sibiu, Romania
Scenes from the Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Sibiu, Romania

Backstage Production Group Lights the Most Famous Theatre Festival in Romania with CHAUVET Professional

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Earlier this summer, the 25th edition of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, a 10-day event drew over 3,300 artists from 70 nations who performed for over 62,000 visitors daily. Supporting their work with smooth key lighting and vivid colors was a festival rig supplied by Backstage Production Group that featured Ovation and COLORado fixtures from CHAUVET Professional.

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The 2019 Event Safety Summit and associated trainings will take place November 18-22 at Rock Lititz
The 2019 Event Safety Summit and associated trainings will take place November 18-22 at Rock Lititz

2019 Event Safety Summit Session Information Now Available

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The Event Safety Alliance’s annual Event Safety Summit will take place Wednesday, November 20 – Friday, November 22, 2019 at Rock Lititz in Lititz, PA. If you’ve been wondering what they have planned for the 2019 Event Safety Summit, you’re in luck - session information for this year’s event is now available online. Whether you’re involved in production, design, operations, or security they have you covered this year. Check out the link below for a rundown and stay tuned… they have a few more surprises to be added shortly.

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Bill Gaines Audio did the sound system design and installation
Bill Gaines Audio did the sound system design and installation

A Streamlined, Modern Sound System for the Streamline Moderne Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo

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New Kara/SB18 rig from L-Acoustics helps bring an Art Deco-era architectural gem into the 21st century

Located on Monterey Street in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo, the 865-seat Fremont Theater is a surviving—and now thriving—example of the Streamline Moderne style favored by West Coast movie theaters and performance halls when it opened for both roles in 1942. As its entertainment appeal gradually waned over the decades, the facility dodged various attempts to modernize it as a multiplex cinema, and then to be razed altogether. Thankfully, a new group of partners, the Fremont Theater Entertainment Group, have invested in restoring the theater’s visual and acoustical charm while also modernizing its technical facilities. A key part of that effort was the addition of an L-Acoustics Kara loudspeaker system, originally installed in 2018 and then re-flown with a new truss system installed earlier this year.

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A scene from the production of 13: The Musical at Lewis University in Illinois
A scene from the production of 13: The Musical at Lewis University in Illinois

Lewis University Offers Students the Latest Technology

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The Theatre Department at Lewis University two theatres—The Philip Lynch Theatre, a 250-seat thrust stage and The Studio, a 90-seat black box space. The spaces originally served as an aircraft hangar, part of this suburban Chicago school’s long-standing commitment to educating aviators. The Theatre Department at Lewis University is committed to exposing students to the latest technology in their field. Toward this end, the department added CHAUVET Professional Ovation and Maverick LED fixtures from JRLX, Inc. to its Philip Lynch Theatre lighting system.

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