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  • Creating a Diversion

    Erik Viker | Answer Box | December 12, 2006Having many rigging linesets to choose from can sometimes become a curse when the battens are too close together to accommodate that extra-wide piece of scenery. If your counterweight rigging system pick-up lines pass through an accessible steel grid, you can use roller diverters to slightly change the vertical positions of each line and move an entire batten upstage or downstage several inches. The devices pictured here are suitable for a channel-steel grid and are modified from a design used at the Bass Concert Hall in Austin, Texas.The rollers are two-inch diameter conveyer rollers made of 12-gauge steel with steel ball bearings. Most industrial supply companies, such as McMaster-Carr, can provide rollers of this type, and a 300-pound capacity roller with a retractable 7/16” hex axle is used in this model. The retractable axle allows you to easily install the roller to the assembled frame. Read More...
  • The Outsiders

    Stephen Peithman | The Play's the Thing | December 12, 2006Plays from the perspective of those who don’t fit in People who are excluded from, or who do not feel accepted by, society often think of themselves as outsiders. That said, the experiences of people who don’t match cultural ideals or social expectations often help bring those ideals and expectations into sharp focus, as we see in this month’s roundup of recently released plays . Read More...
  • ‘Tis The Season

    Stephen Peithman | Off the Shelf | December 12, 2006Gift ideas for the theatre person in your life December is the month for gift giving, and one or more of the titles in this month’s roundup of new books and CDs should please the theatre person in your life — or yourself, for that matter. Read More...
  • Gotta sing, Gotta Dance

    Richard Ouzounian | Spotlight: Toronto | December 12, 2006For almost 40 years, this school has been turning out the most skilled of performers: the triple threat. “Gotta sing, gotta dance,” isn’t just an empty showbiz mantra for the students in the Music Theatre program at Canada’s Sheridan College — it’s their academic goal. Read More...
  • Pepper and Spice

    Richard Ouzounian | Spotlight: Toronto | December 12, 2006Many actors dream of forming their own theatre company, a few even try — hardly any of them become an integral part of a city’s cultural life and acquire their own multipurpose performance space in eight short years. But that’s exactly what happened to Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre Company. Read More...
  • By Natural Design

    Elizabeth Weir | Houses of Worship | December 12, 2006A temple outside of Minneapolis gives congregants a feeling of intimacy. A sense of ceremony and the need to connect with congregants is as old as the early sacrifice of lambs to honor God. To enhance communication, new houses of worship often incorporate theatre design elements into their sanctuaries. Read More...
  • Look, Listen and learn

    Lisa Arnett | Houses of Worship | December 11, 2006One Chicago-area church’s new children’s ministry theatre provides a bright space for kids to share their teachings. Twenty years ago, a drive along Randall Road in the western Chicago suburb of St. Charles yielded a steady view of expansive cornfields. Today, Christ Community Church’s colossal campus has sprouted and sprawled through the now-developed area, serving more than 3,000 members with an arts-focused approach to worship. The newest addition to serve its growing ministry? KidsWorld, a $6 million children’s wing equipped with a 4,100-square-foot theatre space completed in June 2006. Read More...
  • Rime of the Mariners

    Evan Henerson | Houses of Worship | December 11, 2006The congregation had been steadily growing at Mariners Church, and the creative elements of the services were expanding and developing right along with those increasing numbers. Which meant that the 41- year-old congregation based in Irvine, Calif., would need a new house of worship to accommodate both the expanding numbers and the developing styles. Complicated theatrics and technical capabilities weren’t top priorities. Comfort, sound clarity and capacity, however, were critical. Read More...
  • Beyond the Box Office

    Christine Sparta | Feature | December 11, 2006Regional theatres have realized there are more ways to bring in extra revenue besides selling liquor and other beverages at intermission. Many entertainment establishments have found innovative ways to generate dollars and, often at the same time, become a community center. Read More...
  • It Might As Well Be Spring

    Brooke Pierce | Musical Stages | December 9, 2006“My show is moving to Broadway — it’s like a dream come true,” enthuses Steven Sater, lyricist and bookwriter of Spring Awakening, which opens at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre on December 10. “I walked through the stage door and it was like, ‘Oh my God.’ I came in, and we’re just standing on this Broadway stage.” But it’s taken seven years for Sater and his collaborator Duncan Sheik to get their show this far. Read More...
  • The Gem of South Beach

    Christine Puleo | Feature | December 8, 2006The view from the MacArthur Causeway, which connects glittery South Beach with the grittier downtown Miami, is a spectacular one: turquoise waters, opulent mansions, towering palm trees and rows of colorful cruise ships. Now, an eye-catching addition to the Miami landscape has recently appeared, the new Carnival Center for the Performing Arts located in downtown Miami. Nestled between expressways and Biscayne Bay, the two-pronged stone and glass complex is visible from many angles. Read More...
  • Everything Old

    Christie Rizk | Resource Roundup | December 4, 2006 Companies with restoration specialties that will help your old theatre shine like new. Conrad Schmitt Studios 800-969-3033 www.conradschmitt.com For more than 100 years, Conrad Schmitt Studios has been working to restore, conserve and renovate architectural treasures. Their work on churches, theatres, hotels, government buildings and other historical landmarks has been internationally recognized. Their full range of services includes restoration and renovation of interior decorative schemes, stained glass, decorative painting, including gilding, glazing, stenciling and faux finishes — murals, statuary, sculpture and etched and faceted glass. They also investigate and document the building’s original decorative schemes in order to stay true to the decorative origins. To see pictures of their individual projects and learn more about their services, visit their Web site. Read More...
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