A King's Ransom performed as a part of the UK's Into Opera program
A King's Ransom performed as a part of the UK's Into Opera program

LD Johanna Town Designs New Opera, 'A Kings Ransom'

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As a part of the UK program Into Opera, which has a mission to get more people into opera, they have a children’s opera and education project that offers children a unique introduction to the art form of opera and all that encompasses. As a part of this project, A King's Ransom, was performed at Open Norwich. It's a children's opera written by classical composer Patrick Hawes that is a reimagined tale of Robin Hood and features a subtle, yet powerful, lighting design by Johanna Town. 

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Mean Girls featured LED walls with content created by Fray Studios. Photos © Joan Marcus
Mean Girls featured LED walls with content created by Fray Studios. Photos © Joan Marcus

FRAY Studio Crafts Multiple Worlds for Mean Girls

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The new Broadway musical Mean Girls, based on the film, premiered at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway this month. Responsible for the production's video sets is British video design team FRAY Studio, who worked closely with director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw and set designer Scott Pask to create the sophisticated, fast-paced, and at times, surreal worlds of North Shore High's famous students.

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BBC sound effects men, hard at work, in the 1920s
BBC sound effects men, hard at work, in the 1920s

BBC Releases Massive Sound Effects Collection with Free Downloads

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The UK public broadcaster, BBC is making over 16,000 sound effects files available for public use. They have gone into their massive archives and are making these files free to download for “personal, educational, and research purposes”. The sound effects can be downloaded in WAV format free of charge.

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The team from Listen Technologies breaks ground for its new building at its headquarters
The team from Listen Technologies breaks ground for its new building at its headquarters

Listen Technologies Celebrates Ground Breaking of New Building

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Listen Technologies, a provider of assistive listening and personal listening products for 20 years, recently held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site where it will construct a new building next to its headquarters on Heritage Crest Way. The new building is expected to be completed in fall 2018 and will double Listen Technologies’ corporate campus.

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The Jay O. Glerum Rigging Masterclasses
The Jay O. Glerum Rigging Masterclasses

The Next Rounds of the Jay O. Glerum Rigging Masterclasses

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USITT’s Jay O. Glerum Rigging Masterclasses returns this summer. Entry, advanced, and new intermediate level tracks will be available this summer. The Masterclasses honor the memory of one of our industry's great advocates for safety and training, Jay O. Glerum. Taught annually beginning in 2016, these masterclasses now have three tracks of learning, advanced, intermediate, and entry level.

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Chris Wilson at the Allen & Heath dLive S Class S5000 for Million Dollar Quartet
Chris Wilson at the Allen & Heath dLive S Class S5000 for Million Dollar Quartet

A Look at the Audio Control for the Tour of Million Dollar Quartet

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Million Dollar Quartet, part theatre, part rock-and-roll concert, tells an amazing story of a day in 1956 when Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley performed together at Sam Phillips’ Sun Records studio. An Allen & Heath dLive S Class S5000 with DM64 MixRack played a leading role on the show’s current North American tour.

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