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Rigging by J. R. Clancy Selected for Whitney Hall at the Kentucky Center for the Arts

hoff • Industry News • November 23, 2010

 

J.R. Clancy will replace the hoist system in the Whitney Hall at the Kentucky Center for the Arts with 32 electrically powered line shafts.

J.R. Clancy will replace the hoist system in the Whitney Hall at the Kentucky Center for the Arts with 32 electrically powered line shafts.

SYRACUSE, NY— J. R. Clancy will replace the original hydraulic hoist system at Whitney Hall at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. The hoist system was installed when the building opened in 1983. When the acoustical tiles became frozen in place recently, theatre consultants Westlake, Reed, Leskosky turned to J. R. Clancy, Inc., for the best possible solution. J.R. Clancy will replace the hoist system with 32 electrically powered line shafts, ranging in capacity from 4,500 to 12,000 pounds. This will bring the hall’s acoustical system functionality back to like-new condition.

The 2,400-seat Whitney Hall in Louisville, Kentucky, is the heart of the arts center, presenting a full range of performances year-round: touring Broadway shows, productions by the Kentucky Opera and the Louisville Ballet, and concerts by the Louisville Symphony Orchestra. To accommodate the acoustical requirements of so many different groups, Whitney Hall’s ceiling includes wooden acoustical tiles that can be repositioned to adjust the sound quality.  Recently, however, the hydraulic hoists that control these tiles have become stuck in place, so house acousticians can no longer adjust the house to improve the sound.

To handle the rigging complexities of many acoustical panels in a properly tuned house, Clancy has supplied its SceneControl 500 rigging control system to run all 32 hoists. The touch-screen system allows operators to set simple or elaborate cues, group hoists to move together, and see exactly what’s moving on stage and in the house at any moment.

The Whitney Hall renovation began in 2009, and many repairs and theatrical system replacements are already completed. The project is scheduled for completion in summer 2011.

For information about J. R. Clancy, visit www.jrclancy.com

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