The Drama Centre Theatre with the set of Fun Home. Alcons VR8 out-fill, VR12 fill, RR12 center cluster, and subwoofers visible
The Drama Centre Theatre with the set of Fun Home. Alcons VR8 out-fill, VR12 fill, RR12 center cluster, and subwoofers visible

Bringing the Sound of Singapore To Fun Home

Stage Directions

Singaporean theatre company Pangdemonium! recently staged Fun Home, the multiple Tony Award-winning production renowned for being the first Broadway musical with a lesbian protagonist. Staged at Singapore’s 615-seat Drama Centre Theatre, sound design for the production was by Jeffrey Yue of audio design company Ctrl Fre@k, with technical production by The Production People.

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Ryan McKinny (Robert Oppenheimer) and the Santa Fe Chorus in Doctor Atomic at Santa Fe Opera. Photo credit: Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2018
Ryan McKinny (Robert Oppenheimer) and the Santa Fe Chorus in Doctor Atomic at Santa Fe Opera. Photo credit: Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2018

Sound Reinforcement for Doctor Atomic at Santa Fe Opera

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Doctor Atomic, a collaboration between composer John Adams and librettist and stage director Peter Sellars, focuses on the events leading up to the first atomic bomb test in the summer of 1945 and is set in Los Alamos, New Mexico, barely 20 miles from the Santa Fe Opera, which presented its new production this summer. This production of Doctor Atomic featured a sound design by composer and sound designer Mark Grey. 

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The Alexander Theatre at Monash University in Melbourne
The Alexander Theatre at Monash University in Melbourne

The Alexander Theatre at Monash University in Melbourne Expands its Musical Possibilities

Michael Eddy

Recently, the 561-seat Alexander Theatre at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia had its acoustics upgraded. Originally designed and built 50 years ago for spoken word dramatic presentation, the Alexander Theatre is now capable of hosting the full spectrum of acoustic music performances. Recognizing that the theatre’s physical acoustics were poorly suited to musical performance, university administrators engaged the international consulting firm Arup to evaluate possible solutions.

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Inaugural U.S. Entertainment-Engineering Summit Held

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Representatives from the entertainment industry and universities that blend technical theatre and engineering degrees met to discuss student training and ways to strengthen the talent pipeline at the inaugural U.S. Entertainment-Engineering Summit. The July 16, 2018 event, hosted by Purdue University’s Theatre and Multidisciplinary Engineering programs, grew out of an initial conversation at the 2018 USITT Annual Conference and Stage Expo. 

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The new Theatre De Blauwe Kei. Photo by Henk_Hendrickx
The new Theatre De Blauwe Kei. Photo by Henk_Hendrickx

Theatre De Blauwe Kei Becomes First 100% LED Theatre in The Netherlands

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After the Theatre De Blauwe Kei—one of the most established theaters in the Netherlands—decided upon moving to a new purpose-built 650-seat capacity facility in the CHV Noordkade venue in Veghel, the Netherlands, the theater’s owners decided to set an unprecedented benchmark: to be the first 100% LED theater in the country. 

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Attendees at the 2018 Barbizon Bonanza
Attendees at the 2018 Barbizon Bonanza

Barbizon Lighting Florida Holds a Manufacturer Bonanza

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At the recent 2018 Barbizon Lighting Bonanza, the stage at Orlando’s Chapman-Leonard studio was jammed-packed with over 50 brands, and over the course of the day almost 300 designers and technicians came through to see the latest in entertainment technology. The tongue-and-cheek western-themed event has grown since its inception complete with mascot “Betsy the Barbizon Bovine.”

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Group One Ltd.
Group One Ltd.

Group One Ltd. Appoints Two New Avolites Reps

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Avolites’ U.S. distributor, Farmingdale, NY-based Group One Limited, announces that it has recently partnered with two independent manufacturers’ representative firms—Right Track Marketing and Navatech + Warman Marketing—to service the Avolites and Ai brands in their respective territories. The announcement comes from Group One’s Brad White, national sales manager for Avolites, to whom both companies directly report.

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USITT is now accepting applications for its Board Mentorship Program
USITT is now accepting applications for its Board Mentorship Program

USITT Board Mentorship Program Now Accepting Applications

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USITT is offering a Board Mentorship Program, which offers students and early career members the opportunity to learn what it means to serve on a board of directors. This includes attending USITT board of director meetings, as well as participating in discussions and committee work over a one-year term. The application deadline is October 15.

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ESTA and USITT present the New World Rigging Symposium at USITT 2019
ESTA and USITT present the New World Rigging Symposium at USITT 2019

New World Rigging Symposium to Take Place at USITT 2019

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ESTA and USITT announce the second New World Rigging Symposium, taking place March 19-20, 2019 in conjunction with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo 2019 in Louisville, KY. Building on the success of this year’s inaugural symposium, the 2019 event will once again provide an opportunity for riggers and those interested in the live entertainment rigging industry to network, discuss current issues and new technologies, and help shape the future of the industry.

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