The SolaFrame 750 from High End Systems
The SolaFrame 750 from High End Systems

High End Systems to Launch SolaFrame 750 at PLASA 2017

Michael Eddy

High End Systems will launch its new SolaFrame 750 automated luminaire at the upcoming PLASA 2017 trade show in London. The company’s Sola Series range of products includes the Spot, Frame, Wash, and HyBeam lines. The fixture will make its debut on HES Master Distributor AED’s stand C30 at London Olympia on September 17th-19th. The SolaFrame 750 will also appear on ETC’s stand J30.

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The 2018 NAMM Show
The 2018 NAMM Show

Attendee Registration Now Open for The 2018 NAMM Show

Michael Eddy

Pro audio and event tech professionals can now register to attend The 2018 NAMM Show, January 25-28, in Anaheim California. The show, which annually gathers over 100,000 attendees from 139 countries and regions, will take on a new look in the form of communities across the show floor, including expanded event technology and pro audio areas; the addition of a new building, Anaheim Convention Center North (ACC North); as well as a new education and professional development campus, provided by a variety of industry leading experts in their respective fields.

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Steve Warren of LDC with the Chroma-Q Color Force II Batten and Spaceforce studio luminaire
Steve Warren of LDC with the Chroma-Q Color Force II Batten and Spaceforce studio luminaire

Steve Warren Launches Lighting Distribution Consulting Ltd

Michael Eddy

After 34 years in the entertainment lighting industry and 33 years with Avolites, Steve Warren has changed his role within Avolites, moving away from day to day operational tasks and is now focusing on business development for Avolites. Warren has now extended this service to a complementary organization under the umbrella of, Lighting Distribution Consulting Ltd, a new company Warren has formed.

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The Artiste Dali with an LED Phosphor Laser light engine
The Artiste Dali with an LED Phosphor Laser light engine

Elation to Debut Artiste Dali, Dartz 360 Fixtures at PLASA 2017

Michael Eddy

Elation Professional has added two world premiere product launches to its list of innovative product offerings at the upcoming PLASA show in London. Showing at Stand H40 for the first time anywhere, Elation will be debuting the Artiste Dali™, a full-featured moving head with state-of-the-art LED / Laser Phosphor light engine and the second luminaire in Elation’s Artiste series. The second world premiere product is the new Dartz 360™, a unique, full color-mixing LED beam/spot fixture with gobos and effects that gives all new projection possibilities from a narrow-beam luminaire. Both luminaires have been nominated for a PLASA Award for Innovation.

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Edward Parks (Steve Jobs) and Jessica Jones (Chrisann Brennan) in the Santa Fe Opera production of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs.
Edward Parks (Steve Jobs) and Jessica Jones (Chrisann Brennan) in the Santa Fe Opera production of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs.

Santa Fe Opera Records The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs with Soundmirror and Lectrosonics

Michael Eddy

Soundmirror, a Massachusetts-based classical music recording and production company, recently recorded Santa Fe Opera’s world premiere production of Mason Bates and Mark Campbell’s The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs for release on the Pentatone label. Like many of the productions that the company undertakes, this new live recording was captured using Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless® technology, including LT and SMQV transmitters as well as Venue and Venue2 wireless receivers.

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The Secret Garden as lit by Mary Shabatura
The Secret Garden as lit by Mary Shabatura

LD Mary Shabatura Conveys the Changing Moods of The Secret Garden

Michael Eddy

For her lighting design for the Artistry group’s 2017 revival of The Secret Garden, LD Mary Shabatura employed a collection of Chauvet Rogues that were supplied by Monkey Wrench Productions. Shabatura used 15 Rogue R2 Washes in her rig for the musical at the Schneider Theatre in Bloomington, MN. Drawing on the color rendering capabilities of the RGBW moving LED lights, she created a seamless flow of immersive looks on stage to accent the story’s sweeping movement through space and time as it shifts from India to England, and as the heroine emerges from a nightmarish scene to see her garden grow.

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Production Advantage
Production Advantage

Production Advantage Holding Vendor Rodeo, September 20

Michael Eddy

Production Advantage will be holding their fall Vendor Rodeo Wednesday, September 20 from 10:00am-4:00pm. This year the event is generously hosted by the Theatre Department at Williams College in Williamstown, MA. Select manufacturers from across the entertainment industry will be showing off both their newest offerings and time-tested products. See ongoing product demos throughout the day, reach out and touch the equipment, and freely engage the representatives. Bring your questions and leave with ideas!

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MSU Alum Brian Stonestreet: Electrifying Audiences through Stage Design

Kathy Eddy

Check out this video of Michigan State University alum, Production Designer Brian Stonestreet, who holds a BA in Theatre (class of '85) He is the founder of Brian Stonestreet Design Inc., a full-scale production design agency in Burbank, California. His company leads the visual aspects, mainly set designs, for awards shows, television and Fortune 500 company events. He has led production designs for more than 75 performances in cities like New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Nashville, and Beijing just to name a few. 

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