ESTA Announces Education at The NAMM Show 2019

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ESTA is offering four days of curated education at The NAMM Show 2019, January 24-27. Register for the conference using promo code ESTA@NAMM and not only will you receive 50% off the $50 registration cost, but all of ESTA’s sessions and nearly all of the education being offered at NAMM are included. ESTA’s education is divided into four tracks: Lighting & Electrical, Lighting Networking, Rigging, and Safety. ALL of ESTA’s sessions will offer ETCP renewal credits. That’s 80 renewal credits available to ETCP Certified riggers and electricians for free. Do not miss this incredible opportunity.

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Actor Douglas Rain as Henry V in the Stratford Festival in 1966. Photo by Peter Smith / The Canadian Press
Actor Douglas Rain as Henry V in the Stratford Festival in 1966. Photo by Peter Smith / The Canadian Press

In Memoriam: Actor Douglas Rain, Stratford Festival Pioneer

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The Stratford Festival lost one of its pioneers on November 11th. Douglas Rain died of natural causes at the age of 90 at St. Marys Memorial Hospital, just outside of Stratford, Ontario, the city in which he established his career, becoming one of the world’s great classical actors.

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(Left to right) Ralph Stockley (CCO Prolyte Group), Remi Bourgeois (Sales Representative A.C. Lighting Inc.), Fred Mikeska (VP Sales A.C. Lighting Inc.), Lambert Bouwmeester (CEO Prolyte Group), and Matthijs Meijer (Distributor Manager Prolyte Group)
(Left to right) Ralph Stockley (CCO Prolyte Group), Remi Bourgeois (Sales Representative A.C. Lighting Inc.), Fred Mikeska (VP Sales A.C. Lighting Inc.), Lambert Bouwmeester (CEO Prolyte Group), and Matthijs Meijer (Distributor Manager Prolyte Group)

A.C. Lighting Awarded Strategic Growth Award from Prolyte

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A.C. Lighting Inc. was honored to be presented the Strategic Growth Award by long-time business partner Prolyte Group during LDI2018. The Strategic Growth Award is part of a program that honors Prolyte Distributors and individuals that have had exceptional growth and development with the Prolyte Product line and provides effective Prolyte Campus training programs.

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L-R: Bruce Lemon, Kristina Wong and Marike Splint, finalists for Center Theatre Group’s 2018 Richard E. Sherwood Award. Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging.
L-R: Bruce Lemon, Kristina Wong and Marike Splint, finalists for Center Theatre Group’s 2018 Richard E. Sherwood Award. Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging.

Finalists Announced for 2019 Richard E. Sherwood Award

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Three finalists have been selected for Center Theatre Group’s 2019 Richard E. Sherwood Award: Bruce Lemon, Marike Splint and Kristina Wong. Center Theatre Group recognizes and celebrates this year’s finalists for their exceptional contributions to the Los Angeles theatre landscape and their work as innovative and adventurous artists.

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with lighting design by Ryan Joseph Stafford. Photo Credit: Charles Michael Duke
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with lighting design by Ryan Joseph Stafford. Photo Credit: Charles Michael Duke

LD Ryan Joseph Stafford Lights Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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Based on the Ian Fleming novel of the same name and the 1968 musical film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the theatrical musical version still centers around the main protagonist – the flying red and gold car – that has succeeded in ensuring the story’s continuing longevity. Tasked with providing supporting visuals for a recent theatrical run of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Bournemouth Pavilion theatre in the UK was LD Ryan Joseph Stafford, who specified a number of CHAUVET Professional Ovation E-910FC and Maverick MK2 Spot fixtures in support of his lighting concept, which sought to translate the magic of the film to the stage.

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Jacob G. Padrón is the new Artistic Director for the Long Wharf Theatre. Photo: Marc J. Franklin
Jacob G. Padrón is the new Artistic Director for the Long Wharf Theatre. Photo: Marc J. Franklin

Long Wharf Theatre Names Jacob G. Padron Artistic Director

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Jacob G. Padrón, 38, has been named the new Artistic Director of Long Wharf Theatre and will begin his role February 1, 2019.  “Long Wharf Theatre is one of the most important companies in the American theatre. I am overjoyed to join the board, staff, and New Haven community as we embark on new journey and aim to build a boundary breaking future together,” Padrón said.

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Zurich Opera House Projects 4K Content onto 14 Screens for The Coronation of Poppaea

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The Zurich Opera House recently added Christie® technology with the addition of Christie Terra to complement the Christie Boxer 4K30 projectors and Christie Pandoras Box already in use. Now, the Christie infrastructure is taking the onstage production of L’incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppaea) to new heights thanks to Christie Terra’s ability to switch, scale and extend signals of 4K video content. The video designer for this production was Sarah Derendinger. Here’s a video with scenes from this opera: {youtube} v=tyZqSr8Z-Ho{/youtube}

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