Mark Jonathan and Mick Hughes (L to R) Hughes won the inaugural TMA Award for Lighting Design in 2008 for The Children's Hour at The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester
Mark Jonathan and Mick Hughes (L to R) Hughes won the inaugural TMA Award for Lighting Design in 2008 for The Children's Hour at The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester

In Memoriam: Mick Hughes, Lighting Designer

Michael Eddy

The Association of Lighting Designers in the UK reported that lighting designer and ALD Fellow Mick Hughes passed away on January 5, 2018 at the age of 79. Much admired for his simple, clean, and effective approach to lighting design Hughes had a long list of credits across nearly 50 years of work in UK Theatre collaborating with many high-profile directors, designers, and venues including Harold Pinter, Sir Alan Ayckbourn, the National Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, and the Royal Court Theatre.

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The lighting for The Little Mermaid was designed by Luc Peumans. Photos: Frank Lambrechts - Picturesk
The lighting for The Little Mermaid was designed by Luc Peumans. Photos: Frank Lambrechts - Picturesk

Lighting Designer Luc Peumans Spotlights The Little Mermaid

Michael Eddy

Lighting for The Little Mermaid – the first time the show has been staged in Belgium – was designed by Luc Peumans of Genk-based international design practice, Painting with Light, and lighting equipment was delivered by leading Benelux rental company, Phlippo Showlights together with audio and rigging. As a part of his design, Peumans worked with the Robe RoboSpot system, which was teched by Ilse Witlox, also the lead operator, who is an expert in the somewhat ‘black art’ of followspotting. Precise followspotting was absolutely crucial to a complex and visually rich production like this. 

 

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Hana S. Kim receives the 2018 Richard E. Sherwood Award during the 28th Annual LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards. Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
Hana S. Kim receives the 2018 Richard E. Sherwood Award during the 28th Annual LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards. Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging

Hana S. Kim Selected as 2018 Sherwood Award Recipient

Michael Eddy

Center Theatre Group recognizes and celebrates the recipient of the 2018 Richard E. Sherwood Award, Hana S. Kim, for her exceptional contribution to the Los Angeles theatre landscape and her work as a ground-breaking and adventurous artist. Kim's video reel below shows her stunning work.

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The edgy production of Amos with a lighting design by Brandon Baruch
The edgy production of Amos with a lighting design by Brandon Baruch

Lighting Designer Brandon Baruch Pushes Amos To The Edge

Michael Eddy

It seems altogether fitting that the much talked-about play Amos was performed in a former speakeasy. The jittery, unsettling drama delves deeply into a nefarious vortex of murder and deception set against the brooding backdrop of an underground EDM world in the Ukraine. Audiences are not sure who or what to believe as this troubling story unfolds, leaving them with a tingling sense of uncertainty and danger. Contributing to this uneasy mood is an eerily unsettling lighting design by Brandon Baruch.

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USITT 2018 Offers Health and Safety Sessions along with Free Hearing Tests

Kathy Eddy

USITT knows that safety in the entertainment industry is rule No. 1. Luckily, USITT has many educational sessions on how to implement safe practices on the job at this year's USITT Conference and Expo, March 14-17 in Fort Laurderdale. Including the Event Safety Alliance Sessions, Free Hearing Tests and several Safety & Health Sessions. Be sure to register today!

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During the session titled ‘Bringing It All Together – The Production Designers,’ host Michael Eddy and moderator Robb Jibson were joined by Jonathan Smeeton, Bryan Hartley and Brendan Gray.
During the session titled ‘Bringing It All Together – The Production Designers,’ host Michael Eddy and moderator Robb Jibson were joined by Jonathan Smeeton, Bryan Hartley and Brendan Gray.

Pro Production Sessions at NAMM Offer Wealth of Tips from Industry Pros

Kathy Eddy

If you were looking for a wide range of tips on everything from cool visual design ideas (Stop thinking “literally,” start thinking “laterally” -Jonathan Smeeton) to how to make a graceful exit from the tour bus without watching your career crash and burn (Make effective use of the ample downtime you have on tour to plan your career transition -Robert Scovill), the Hilton Anaheim’s fourth floor was the place to be from Jan. 25-27.

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The recent revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at London’s National Theatre featured a sound design by Paul Groothuis
The recent revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at London’s National Theatre featured a sound design by Paul Groothuis

Sound Designer Paul Groothuis on Follies at the National Theatre

Michael Eddy

Closing in January following an extended run, a revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at London’s National Theatre featured a sound design by Paul Groothuis, who has credits on more than 120 productions at the National Theatre alone. Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is set in New York, 1971 where there’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished and 30 years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. The show featured a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21.

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Bobby ‘Boomer’ Thrasher accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 17th Annual Parnelli Awards in Anaheim, CA. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images Getty Images for NAMM)
Bobby ‘Boomer’ Thrasher accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 17th Annual Parnelli Awards in Anaheim, CA. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images Getty Images for NAMM)

Parnelli Awards Winners Announced at 17th Annual Gala

Michael Eddy

The 17th annual Parnelli Awards gala, held Friday, Jan. 26 at the Anaheim Hilton during NAMM 2018, honored Bobby “Boomer” Thrasher, Jonathan Smeeton, and John Stadius with the Lifetime Achievement Award, Visionary Award, and Audio Innovator Award, respectively. Stage Directions was proud to be on hand with our colleagues from Projection Lighting & Staging News, and Front of House to celebrate these amazing, talented, and hard-working people. 

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Behind the Scenes
Behind the Scenes

Support Behind the Scenes at USITT

Michael Eddy

The Long Reach Long Riders and Behind the Scenes will host their annual fundraising raffle at the USITT Conference March 15-17 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. This year’s raffle will celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Long Reach Long Riders annual charity motorcycle ride. The Riders who have raised over half a million dollars for charity in their years of touring, will be riding June 23-30 on the Gap and Notch Tour: A Ramble through New England.

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