The interior of the Theatre Royal Wakefield with its new HALO-C compact line array system from EM Acoustics
The interior of the Theatre Royal Wakefield with its new HALO-C compact line array system from EM Acoustics

Audio Upgrades for the Theatre Royal Wakefield

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Built in 1894, Theatre Royal Wakefield is a grade II* listed, highly ornate, traditional proscenium arch theatre in the heart of Yorkshire’s cathedral city of Wakefield. The design and vision of the famous British architect, Frank Matcham and one of the smallest remaining Matcham auditoriums today, Theatre Royal Wakefield is a shining example of his ability to create a beautiful theatrical environment within a very tight space. The time had come to replace the theatre’s old and failing PA with a new, modern system that would provide high quality, even coverage across all the seats in the auditorium. Theatre Royal Wakefield’s technical manager, Di Clough, turned to Huddersfield-based systems integrator, Sound and Light Concepts Ltd, who supplied and installed a full HALO-C compact line array system from EM Acoustics.

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Malcolm Ewen
Malcolm Ewen

In Memoriam: Malcolm Ewen, Stage Manager, Director

Michael Eddy

After a battle with cancer and a recent fall, Malcolm Ewen passed away on May 20, 2019 surrounded by family and friends. Ewen was a longtime stage manager with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, which had made him a member of the ensemble in February of this year. He was also a founding director of the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company in Vermont where he returned every summer for over 30 years. Many of his friends and colleagues have been sharing remembrances on social media of Ewen. We send our sincere condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.

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A scene from Murder Ballad with a lighting design by Clifford Michael Spulock
A scene from Murder Ballad with a lighting design by Clifford Michael Spulock

LD Clifford Michael Spulock Adds Edginess to Murder Ballad

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A sense of foreboding runs through Murder Ballad like the creaking noise in a dark and unfamiliar house. The Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash rock musical tells the story of a love triangle gone bad. In a recent production at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, lighting designer Clifford Michael Spulock captured the apprehension of characters caught in a world turned upside down.

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Djembe! The Show with a lighting design by Zach Blane. Photo by Liz Lauren
Djembe! The Show with a lighting design by Zach Blane. Photo by Liz Lauren

Djembe! The Show Makes U.S. Debut with a Zach Blane Lighting Design

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Djembe! The Show is an energy-filled, theatrical concert experience that mixes traditional West African beats with modern takes on contemporary music that has toured Europe and even been featured on Ted Talks and Oprah’s Super Soul Sessions. It made its limited U.S. debut at the Apollo Theater in Chicago with lighting design by Zach Blane, who used an all Elation LED lighting rig to accentuate the unique production. Support was provided by Elation dealer ILC. Here is a sizzle reel from Djembe!: {youtube}v=UgAb8pKCsEU{/youtube}

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Six newly installed Robert Juliat Oz 600W LED followspots perform in strong and subtle fashion at Franco Dragone’s The House of Dancing Water in Macau’s City of Dreams. All photos: ©Chris Luk @Chris Luk Photography Limited
Six newly installed Robert Juliat Oz 600W LED followspots perform in strong and subtle fashion at Franco Dragone’s The House of Dancing Water in Macau’s City of Dreams. All photos: ©Chris Luk @Chris Luk Photography Limited

Upgrading with LED Followspots for The House of Dancing Water

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Franco Dragone's production, The House of Dancing Water in Macau’s City of Dreams is an enthralling visual feast which has been seen by over 5 million people since its premiere in 2010. Six Robert Juliat 600W LED Oz followspots have been installed as part of the recent upgrade of the show. The powerful, long-throw LED models were supplied with push-pull, 6-way color changers and heavy-duty adjustable yokes in anticipation of the show’s extremely busy schedule. Here's a video trailer of the show: {youtube}v=wnc6i9LGgaE{/youtube}

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Jonathan Lipp, Full Compass Founder and CEO, and Susan Lipp, Full Compass Chairman of the Board
Jonathan Lipp, Full Compass Founder and CEO, and Susan Lipp, Full Compass Chairman of the Board

Full Compass Executives Head to Washington, D.C. to Advocate for Music Education

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Jonathan Lipp, Full Compass Founder and CEO, and Susan Lipp, Full Compass Chairman of the Board, will travel to Washington, D.C. next week to advocate for all children to have access to quality, comprehensive school music education programs. The pair will join music industry leaders and artists as part of a delegation of music education advocates during the annual National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Music Education Advocacy D.C. Fly-In, May 20-23, 2019.

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From left to right: Fabian Stumpfl (CEO AV Stumpfl GmbH), Todd Liedahl (managing director U.S. subsidiary), Jenna George (account manager, screens), Jennifer Elliott (account manager, screens), Tobias Stumpfl (CEO AV Stumpfl GmbH), Matthew Briggs (logistics manager)
From left to right: Fabian Stumpfl (CEO AV Stumpfl GmbH), Todd Liedahl (managing director U.S. subsidiary), Jenna George (account manager, screens), Jennifer Elliott (account manager, screens), Tobias Stumpfl (CEO AV Stumpfl GmbH), Matthew Briggs (logistics manager)

AV Stumpfl Establishes Domestic Sales & Logistics Facility in the USA

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In 2018, the family owned AV Stumpfl GmbH established its first official subsidiary in the USA with direct ties to the Austrian parent company. From its headquarters in Atlanta, GA, the AV Stumpfl Inc. team offers its U.S. customers direct support, repairs, and sales consultation services.

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