Video extracts from Five Telegrams, the opening event for the 2018 Edinburgh International Festival
Video extracts from Five Telegrams, the opening event for the 2018 Edinburgh International Festival

Audio and Projections for Five Telegrams, the Opening Event for Edinburgh International Festival

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Edinburgh International Festival got off to a spectacular start with its opening event on Friday, 3 August. The Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams celebrated the start of the 2018 Edinburgh International Festival and was attended by 15,000 people. This audio and visual event featured projection mapping and highlighted contemporary responses to the communication infrastructure of the First World War. Here is a video of extracts from Five Telegrams{youtube}v=eSi1w0aNB50{/youtube}

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A recap of the 2018 USITT Costume Symposium held July 25-27 in the costume shop of the Utah Shakespeare Festival
A recap of the 2018 USITT Costume Symposium held July 25-27 in the costume shop of the Utah Shakespeare Festival

Video Recap of the USITT 2018 Costume Symposium

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Twenty-six participants created 26 unique breastplates during the 2018 Costume Symposium in Cedar City, UT that was held July 25-27. Costume department heads, designers, and costume shop owners came out to Utah for three days to learn how to use Worbla and to see how it can be used in the theater industry for future projects. Here's a look at some of the fun that was had by all those involved. {youtube}v=NtH6K9D0ang{/youtube}

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Maison Duvelleroy, the last house of fans in Paris
Maison Duvelleroy, the last house of fans in Paris

The Last House of Fans, Paris

Michael Eddy

Calling all Costume and Props Designers and Artisans, here’s the last house of fans, Maison Duvelleroy in Paris. There are a lot of beautiful fans and fan ephemera (Be sure to check out document, The Language of Fans) to inspire your designs. Messy Nessy Chic has a great video of this shop that’s preserving and reviving the art of fans. The company is still in existence after 190 years thanks to the discovery of the original company’s archives that had been preserved in an attic for decades. Maison Duvelleroy crafted fans for Queen Victoria and the Empress of Russia. {youtube}v=rIMrxEtNn2w{/youtube}

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Broadway Softball League with Lucille Ball and Julie Andrews

Michael Eddy

For Throwback Thursday, here's a great photo from the Broadway Show League Softball's Facebook page. It's the April of 1961 and Lucille Ball is at bat, Julie Andrews is catching, and Joe E. Brown is umpiring. (It's also Ralph Bellamy Day!) Ball was starring in Wildcat, Andrews was starring in Camelot. (Andrews is wearing her crown from Camelot, that or she really is Broadway royalty!)

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A-Hoy! Leave Your Phone At Home!

Michael Eddy

Here's the Alexander Graham Bell ad from Geico. Who knew that annoying phone calls interrupted theater that far back? Well, Bell is credited with inventing the telephone, so I guess we can cut him some slack, but what's the deal with answering the phone, Ahoy?!

What's your favorite part of this commercial? I personally like the actor getting distracted and caught up in the balloon's basket and going for a ride!
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