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Lex Products launched to highlight their 5-channel, heavy-duty PowerRamps cable crossovers.

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Actors at David Saxe Productions put Point Source mics to the challenge several times a night, every nightJoe Bresnick, head of audio for David Saxe Productions—home of more than 30 shows in Las Vegas—selected the Point Source Audio CO-8WS waterproof earworn microphone as their microphone of choice thanks to its durability and sound quality.

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The FirstOntario Performing Arts Center is a joint development between the city of St. Catharines and Brock University. IATSE Local 461 already represented the workers of Brock University and all parties were able to reach an agreement on Aug. 12.

IATSE Local 461 Reaches Agreement with FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

ST. CATHARINES, ONOn August 12, 2015, the first-ever agreement between IATSE Local 461 and the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre was ratified.

It was approximately five years ago that the City of St. Catharines began discussions on constructing a new performance venue and Brock University quickly partnered with the city on the initiative.  Local 461, which represents stage crew and allied crafts in the Niagara Region, already had an agreement in place for stage workers at Brock University.  Local 461 was able to expand their existing jurisdiction at Brock University to cover workers in the newly-built Centre, and work with the City to craft a deal specific to the new Centre’s specific operational needs.  The Members of Local 461 are looking forward to working in this beautiful new facility and contributing to the success of this new endeavor.

The performing arts centre will be key to revitalizing downtown St. Catharines and has added an important new cultural attraction to the region.  The centre features a 775-seat concert hall and a 210-seat dance/theatre venue.  There is also a 300-seat recital hall and a 187-seat film venue, both of which will have shared access with Brock University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.  The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centred will open to the public on October 8 for its inaugural season.

The IATSE is an International Union representing members employed in the stagecraft, motion picture and television production, and tradeshow industries throughout the United States, its Territories, and Canada. Founded in 1893, the IATSE is the largest union representing workers in the entertainment industry.


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Read more: Jim Niesel Rejoins Theatre Projects as Project Manager

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A worker installs a speaker for the Transcend system in Wartburg College’s Neumann AuditoriumWenger worked with Harman to develop a new active acoustics system, Transcend, a digital signal processing system that uses microphones, processing power and speakers to modify acoustic environments in any space. The first installation will debut at Wartburg College’s Neumann Auditorium this fall.

Read more: Wenger Debuts Transcend Active Acoustic System

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The new Studer Vista 1 digital mixer at the Denver Center for the Performing ArtsJohn Pryor of the Denver Center of the Performing Arts chose a Studer Vista 1 digital audio mixer to help support the premier of The 12, a new musical. He chose the console based on the recommendations of colleagues in the industry and the strength of a demo.

Read more: Denver Center Buys Studer Vista 1 for "The 12"

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Stages St. Louis annual cabaret gala was featured the songs of Richard Maltby, Jr. and David ShireStages St. Louis annual cabaret gala premiered The Story Goes On: The Songs of Maltby & Shire a musical revue based on the songs of Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire. The gala raised more than $80,000 to benefit Stages’ artistic and educational programs.

Read more: Stages St. Louis Raises $80k at Annual Gala

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Paul Gregory with the SSL L500 at HOMEHome, a new visual and performing complex in Manchester, England, chose a SSL Live L500 mixing console for its summer season of site-specific shows—including a version of Romeo & Juliet staged in the city’s Victorian baths. But when the summer travels were over, the SSL Live L500 went home with the troupe, becoming the FOH mixer in the large theatre at Home.

Read more: SLL Live L500 Finds Place at Home

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