The Palace Portal drop for Head over Heels
The Palace Portal drop for Head over Heels

Painting the Palace Portal for Head Over Heels

Stage Directions

Here’s a video from Scenic Art Studios, located in Newburgh, NY painting the Palace Portal drop for the Broadway show, Head Over Heels. The drop, designed by Scenic Designer, Julian Crouch was painted by Lead Artist Irina Portnyagina, Natali Pinchuk, Jocelyn Henry, Tisha Paige, and Ivan Pazlamatchev.
 
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Speaking Tube hardware including mouthpieces and whistles
Speaking Tube hardware including mouthpieces and whistles

Historical Calling Technology: The Speaking Tube

Jennifer Leigh Sears Scheier

Before the mid-nineteenth century, prompters used aural methods to “call” the show. Prompters used bells, whistles, flags and call boys to signal a change in lights, scenery, or to cue a special effect. (See my earlier article on Calling Technology for more information on the different calling methods.) Over the next half century, calling procedures changed significantly. The audience heard and associated the bells and whistles as part of the performance, however, with new technology the prompter’s calling duties transformed into a silent, invisible activity. The first step towards imperceptible cueing was the speaking tube.

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IATSE celebrates its 125th Anniversary
IATSE celebrates its 125th Anniversary

IATSE Celebrates its 125th Anniversary

Michael Eddy

On July 17, 1893, representatives from New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Brooklyn, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Denver, Philadelphia, Syracuse, Buffalo and Boston, came together at the Elks Hall, located at 27th Street and Broadway in New York City and founded The National Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes (NATSE). In 1902, The NATSE becomes the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE).

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Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 USITT Architecture Awards
Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 USITT Architecture Awards

Applications are Being Accepted for the 2019 USITT Architecture Awards

Michael Eddy

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 USITT Architecture Awards. The worldwide honor is given to architecture firms for designing theatres that epitomize creative image, contextual resonance, community contribution, explorations in new technologies, and functional operations. The deadline for applications is September 4, 2018.

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A first look at the set of Moulin Rouge! The Musical by scenic designer, Derek McLane. Photo by: Matthew Murphy
A first look at the set of Moulin Rouge! The Musical by scenic designer, Derek McLane. Photo by: Matthew Murphy

A First Look at the Set of Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Stage Directions

The pre-Broadway engagement of Moulin Rouge! The Musical began performances, Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at the Emerson Colonial Theatre in Boston, MA. The productions runs through August 19. Here’s a first look at the set as designed by Derek McLane. In addition to Tony Award® winner McLane, the design team for Moulin Rouge! The Musical includes Tony Award® winner Catherine Zuber (costumes), two-time Tony Award® nominee Justin Townsend (lighting), Tony Award® winner Peter Hylenski (sound) and Drama Desk Award winner David Brian Brown (wig and hair design).

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Emerson Colonial Theatre
Emerson Colonial Theatre

An Inside Look at the Newly Refurbished Emerson Colonial Theatre in Boston

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Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) offered a look inside the newly refurbished and restored Emerson Colonial Theatre, which opened to the public on July 10 with the first preview performance of the world premiere pre-Broadway engagement of Moulin Rouge! The Musical. Through collaboration with Elkus Manfredi Architects and Consigli Contracting Co., the renovation of Boston’s most storied venue harkens back to the building’s original 1900 design while introducing modern back-of-house technology and efficiencies, allowing the venue to welcome a diverse array of programming.

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