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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Kevin Loretto with a Czech beer in hand
Kevin Loretto with a Czech beer in hand

In Memoriam: Kevin Loretto

Michael Eddy

Kevin Loretto, popular New York based lighting and technical sales specialist, died on January 23rd in New York, surrounded by his loving family, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Celebrating his life, bubbly personality, resilience, dignity and amazing contributions to the world of entertainment and performance lighting, his friends and colleagues at Robe Lighting are all proud and privileged to have had the chance to work alongside Kevin for the last five years.

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Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, announced the recipients of the latest round of Global Connections.
Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, announced the recipients of the latest round of Global Connections.

TCG Announces New Recipients of Global Connections Program

Michael Eddy

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, announced the recipients of the latest round of Global Connections. Supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Global Connections encourages reciprocity and cultural exchange through two programs: ON the ROAD grants to foster new relationships with international colleagues; and IN the LAB grants to further pre-existing international collaborations.

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Planning to Go to USITT, Catch The Early Bird Pricing and GET YOUR HOTEL ROOM!

Kathy Eddy

What are you waiting for? The savings won’t last forever! Save up to $105 by registering for USITT 2018 Conference and Stage EXpo  by Feb. 1. After this date, the early bird pricing flies away and prices elevate for ALL members. With more than 260 sessions across 12 tracks, 300-plus exhibitors, and tons of new hands-on trainings & demos, why wouldn’t you join your colleagues for four jam-packed days of inspiration, networking, and training? Plus they have added a new hotel option...

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A. C. Lighting is celebrating its 15th anniversary
A. C. Lighting is celebrating its 15th anniversary

A.C. Lighting Inc. Celebrates its 15th Anniversary

Michael Eddy

A.C. Lighting Inc. is celebrating their 15th anniversary as the leading distributor of world-class lighting, rigging and video technologies in North America. A.C. Lighting Inc. began operations in 2003 to support the growth of UK-based parent company’s business plan to meet the specific needs of dealers and end users in the USA, Canada, and Mexico.

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Rock of Ages performed at the Vail Mountain School. Photo: Vail Mountain School
Rock of Ages performed at the Vail Mountain School. Photo: Vail Mountain School

Artiste DaVinci, Fuze Wash Z350 Team Up at Vail Mountain School Theater

Michael Eddy

Vail may mean skiing, snow, and outdoor activities to most people, but the area is known for its educational and cultural opportunities as well. Take Vail Mountain School (VMS) as an example. The independent K-12 school has a reputation for excellence and an important part of their challenging academic curriculum is fine art, music, and the performing arts.

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