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The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has expanded its class roster for students and adults
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has expanded its class roster for students and adults
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will offer more classes this fall as part of their Shakespeare Theatre Academy. The most popular classes from last year will return along with seven new seminars. Classes meet once a week and include a new class for elementary school students grades 1-4, “Creative Dramatics” and the new Teen Actors Workshop that will train young artists in ensemble work and performance techniques. Classes for adults include: Adult Scene Study—Performing Shakespeare; and  Stage Makeup: Zombies, Vampires and Ghouls…Oh, my!, in which guest artist Stephen Davis will teach students about contouring, as well as techniques to create bruises and wounds, old age and decay using Ben Nye Theatrical Makeup.

Read more: Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Expands Roster of Fall Classes

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 A moment from Atomic at the Acorn Theatre Off-Broadway, with sound design by Jon Weston and sound gear supplied by Masque Sound.
A moment from Atomic at the Acorn Theatre Off-Broadway, with sound design by Jon Weston and sound gear supplied by Masque Sound.
When Jon Weston—sound designer for Atomic, a new Off-Broadway musical about the making of the first atomic bomb—needed gear that could meet his explosive needs, he turned to Masque Sound. The wide, shallow nature of Acorn Theatre’s layout provided a challenge for Weston, necessitating an extensive gear list from Masque Sound to provide good coverage. The main speaker system is comprised of a pair of d&b audiotechnik C7-TOP 15-inch two-way speakers (“a very musically-inclined, accommodating speaker,” Weston says) as well as EAW JF200s and Meyer Sound UPA-1Ps. The surround system features RE Audio MT18s and Meyer Sound UPQ-1Ps that are also used as part of the effects system. The large, low end of the system includes d&b audiotechnik B4s and Q-subs, and Meyer Sound 650Ps. It’s all controlled by an Avid VENUE Profile Console.

Read more: Masque Sound Delivers Mushroom Cloud of Sound for Atomic

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The new versions of the rigging practice exams from ETCP are available July 31.
The new versions of the rigging practice exams from ETCP are available July 31.
The Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) will launch a new version of practice exams for the Rigger – Arena and Rigger – Theatre Certifications Thursday, July 31. The practice exams contain an entirely new set of questions and are available in addition to the practice exams that were created in 2009. The web-based practice exams consist of 50 questions each and include score reports that mirror the actual exams. Both versions of each exam are $35.

Read more: ETCP Launches New Version of Practice Rigging Exams

Theatre Buzz

The inaugural London Theatre Report gives an idea of the size and scope of London theatre, and will set a baseline for future studies.
The inaugural London Theatre Report gives an idea of the size and scope of London theatre, and will set a baseline for future studies.
The Society of London Theatre and the National Theatre released the 2014 London Theatre Report, the first of its kind. The report aims to be a comprehensive review of the state of theatre in London, and includes information about venues, its financial impact and more. It covers theatres from the 30-seat Lord Stanley Pub to the 3,600-seat Hammersmith Apollo in the greater London area, including the City of London and the 32 London boroughs. This inaugural report sets a baseline for further studies of the impact of theatre in London and includes such notable facts as: more than 22 million people attended a London theatre performance in 2012/13; and at any point in time, London theatre employs 3,000 performers, more than 6,500 full-time non-performing staff, 5,000+ part-time staff and 5,000+ freelance staff. More details and a link to download the PDF of the report after the jump.

Read more: Society of London Theatre Releases 2014 London Theatre Report

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A rendering of the new H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, which will be lit by Clay Paky fixtures run by a grandMA2 console
A rendering of the new H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, which will be lit by Clay Paky fixtures run by a grandMA2 console
The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts will open with some high-flying gear this September. The H-E-B Performance Hall and the Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater will have a full complement of grandMA2 consoles as well as six Clay Paky Alpha Spot QWO 800 fixtures. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of both brands in North America, and they worked with Texas Scenic and rep Roy Harline to provide both the grandMA2 and Clay Paky products.

Read more: Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Chooses grandMA2 and Clay Paky

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The UK Wicked tour uses ETC’s new Eos Titanium lighting console
The UK Wicked tour uses ETC’s new Eos Titanium lighting console
The ETC Eos Titanium (Ti) console was placed on a couple high-profile UK gigs recently: the UK tour of Wicked and the West End revival of Miss Saigon. PRG provided the Wicked tour with an Eos-family control system, including Ti, Ion and Gio consoles along with Remote Processor Units and a Remote Video Interface. (PRG also supplied lights for the tour.) Programmer Nick Simmons credit the new console with making things significantly quick backstage. Miss Saigon also includes a lot of ETC gear in addition to two Ti desks. Lighting Programmer Warren Letton appreciated the desks when putting in the show as “It made a lot of the complex effects so much more accurate to control.”

Read more: ETC’s Eos Titanium Desks Helps Two Titans of Theatre

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The Allen & Heath iLive-176 Surface in the Chongqing Guotai Arts Centre
The Allen & Heath iLive-176 Surface in the Chongqing Guotai Arts Centre
The Chongqing Guotai Arts Centre in central China installed an Allen & Heath’s iLive digital mixing system, including the iLive-176 Surface mixing console and the iDR10 MixRack. Chen Le, sound engineer of the Arts Centre, chose the system for its great sound and easy operation.

Read more: Chinese Arts Center Chooses Allen & Heath’s iLive

Changing Roles

Lee Boylan will be a product specialist for PreSonus Europe
Lee Boylan will be a product specialist for PreSonus Europe
Lee Boylan, audio engineer, multi-instrumentalist and producer, has joined PreSonus Europe as a product specialist. He will demo PreSonus products to dealers and distributors in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa; provide technical support; and generally assist PreSonus distributors in the region.

Read more: Lee Boylan Joins PreSonus Europe

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Projection mapping using the new Hippotizer Rackoon media servers in Santa Fe Opera’s production of Carmen. [photos by Paul Horpedahl]
Projection mapping using the new Hippotizer Rackoon media servers in Santa Fe Opera’s production of Carmen. [photos by Paul Horpedahl]
Barbizon Light of the Rockies supplied the Santa Fe Opera with five Hippotizer Rackoon media servers, four Panasonic 20k projectors and a remote Zookeeper PC for networked Rackoon networked control. The new video technology will help the Santa Fe Opera enhance existing scenery with mapped images and experiment with virtual scenery. Their production of Carmen was the first show this season to showcase the new tech.

Read more: Santa Fe Opera Chooses Hippotizer Rackoon Media Servers

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DPA Microphones is offering a $100 rebate to users who trade-in a competitor’s microphone.
DPA Microphones is offering a $100 rebate to users who trade-in a competitor’s microphone.
DPA Microphones is making it easier for people to get their hands on DPA’s d:fine Headset Microphones. In DPA Microphone’s new “trade-up” program, customers will receive a $100 mail-in rebate for every purchase of a select d:fine Headset Microphone as long as they trade in a competitor’s headset. This only works with authorized U.S. dealers, and the purchase must take place between July 28-Oct. 3, 2014.

Read more: DPA Microphones Offers Rebate to Upgrade for U.S. Customers

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