Changing Roles

Project Manager Gary Burrows
Push The Button Ltd. has announced the appointment of Gary Burrows as Project Manager. Burrows joins the core PTB team of Managing Director Nick Ewins, Designer Manager Andy Phillips, Operations Manager Adrian Veale and Finance Director Jenny Ewins, based at the company’s Bristol HQ.

 

 

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The Deutsches Theater inaugurated its theatre season in March with West Side Story.Photo by Nilz Böhme
The Deutsches Theater inaugurated its theatre season in March with West Side Story.Photo by Nilz Böhme
The Deutsches Theater in Munich—also known as the “Feenpalasst,” which translates as “Fairy Palace”—was built in 1896. Renovations on the space started in 2008, and were finally finished in January of this year. Part of the renovations include a new grandMA2 console to control lights at front of house and (among others) 16 Clay Paky Alpha Profile 700s to illuminate the stage, thanks to its sophisticated framing system. The center inaugurated its theatre program in March with a production of West Side Story.

Read more: Munich’s Feenpalasst Choose Clay Paky and MA Lighting

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A moment from Harmony: A New Musical at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre, with a sound system provided by Masque Sound. Photo courtesy of Center Theatre Group
A moment from Harmony: A New Musical at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre, with a sound system provided by Masque Sound. Photo courtesy of Center Theatre Group
When Harmony: A New Musical moved from Atlanta to L.A. sound designers David Patridge and John Shivers returned to Masque Sound for the sound reinforcement package. But while the show stayed the same in the move, Patridge and Shivers worked with Masque Sound to create an entirely new sound system to fit the demands of a new, larger, theatre. Masque Sound provided the designers with a DiGiCo SD10T digital console thanks to its software designed specifically for theatre, a new PA design featuring L-Acoustics dv-DOSC speaker arrays and a demo system of the new Sennheiser Digital 9000 Wireless System featuring eight 9000 series radios. ““With the Sennheiser 9000 series you can use a built-in software feature in the receiver rack, which will scan and allocate available frequencies. Theoretically, you should no longer need the extra steps of doing an RF scan of the venue in advance or an intermodulation study,” says Patridge. Adding that “Masque Sound did an excellent job accommodating our needs.”

Read more: Masque Sound Provides System for Harmony

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A moment from the recent Royal Academy of Dramatic Art production of The Witch of Edmonton, lit with Robe fixtures. Photo by Linda Carter.
A moment from the recent Royal Academy of Dramatic Art production of The Witch of Edmonton, lit with Robe fixtures. Photo by Linda Carter.
The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London has taken delivery of a number of Robe moving light products thanks to the work of Josef Valchar, Robe s.r.o.’s CEO, Ashley Lewis, Robe UK’s Key Account Manager for Film, TV & Theatre and  Matt Prentice, Head of Lighting at RADA. The equipment includes DLS Profiles, DLF Washes and LEDWash600s, together with two of the new MMX Blades – all from Robe’s ROBIN series. The emphasis on LED technology will enable to students to train on the next generation of lighting equipment and will supply them with all the accessories necessary for lighting in theatre, including framing shutters and barn doors. The lights will be used across RADA’s three main performance spaces, the 200 seater Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre, the George Bernard Shaw Theatre (GBS) and the John Gielgud Theatre, all in RADA’s central London buildings.

Read more: RADA Partners with Robe

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The Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) at the University of California, Irvine received a grant from the Nicholas Endowment to fund as many as 20 need-based scholarships for this year’s Summer Education Programs in the Arts. The scholarships will allow Orange County area students to attend the Summer Academies in the Arts and the Expressive Robotics Camp being held on campus this summer. The Summer Academies in the Arts are college and career preparatory intensives for middle and high school students ages 13-18, with focused workshops in art, dance, drama and music. Expressive Robotics is focused on the development of robotic behaviors through programming and design. Attendees will design and build robots with a DIY approach using various materials and tools to complete their projects.

Read more: Nicholas Endowment Supports Scholarships for 2014 Summer Education Events at UC Irvine

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The RC4 Wireless W-DIM4 and W-DIMm3 wireless dimmer contain W-DMX technology from Wireless Solution
The RC4 Wireless W-DIM4 and W-DIMm3 wireless dimmer contain W-DMX technology from Wireless Solution
W-DMX from Wireless Solution Sweden is installed in the new W-DIM4 and W-DIMm3 wireless dimmers from RC4 Wireless. The low-voltage dimmers are for use with Wireless Solution's W-DMX system. The W-DIM4 is a four-channel wireless DMX receiver with four dimmers integrated into one small device. The W-DIMm3 is a wireless DMX receiver and three dimmers housed in a miniature device measuring only 80mm x 40mm x 20mm.

Read more: W-DMX Installed OEM on RC4 W-DIM4 and W-DIMm3

Changing Roles

David Lazar has been promoted to the newly-created position of executive director for Ambassador Theatre Group. He will be based in their London office and join the company’s executive board. Additionally, he will continue in his position as CEO-New York, overseeing Ambassador Theatre Group’s North American activities. Prior to joining ATG and establishing its New York office in early 2007, Lazar was Executive Vice President – Business Affairs for Live Nation’s Theatrical Division in the US (and its predecessors, PACE Theatrical Group, SFX Entertainment, Clear Channel Entertainment).

Read more: David Lazar Promoted to Executive Director at Ambassador Theatre Group

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Claus Menke, head of portfolio management pro for Sennheiser’s Professional Division
Claus Menke, head of portfolio management pro for Sennheiser’s Professional Division
Sennheiser is providing space on its website at www.sennheiser.com/spectrum to keep customers informed on wireless microphones and the changing UHF spectrum. While predicting that wireless microphone operation in the 600 MHz Range will remain “status quo” through 2016, the company continues to file comments with the FCC on its customers’ behalf.

Read more: Sennheiser to Keep Customers Updated on Pending Changes to 600 MHz Range

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Evan Hall, new project manager at Professional Wireless Systems, a Masque Sound company
Evan Hall, new project manager at Professional Wireless Systems, a Masque Sound company
Professional Wireless Systems has hired Evan Hall as project manager. Hall will oversee and coordinate frequencies for a variety of PWS events. Hall brings more than 20 years of industry experience to PWS, having most recently worked for Funa International, Inc., while holding the position of Principle Park-Wide Audio Designer for a newly constructed theme park, Chimelong's Ocean Kingdom, located on Henquin Island, China. Prior to that, Hall spent nine years at LMG, Inc. as Audio Manager, Mixing Engineer and Touring Audio Crew Chief for various recording artists.

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Attempting to recreate the hot, humid environment of Mississippi for a production of Cat On a Hot Tin Roof in Alaska’s Perserverance Theatre and the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, set designer Akiko Nishijima Rotch turned to the unique visual and textural properties of Kaos fabric from Rose Brand. "When I researched the environment of Mississippi, I saw a lot of images of Spanish moss. I felt that those images quickly communicated the feeling of the South, and so Spanish moss became my design motif," she said. "Kaos was the exact texture I was looking for.  The gaps in the material are uneven and Kaos is also paintable.  The uneven gaps allowed us to express the organic shape of Spanish moss. The ease of painting allowed us to create the depth of colors we needed to complete the illusion of the moss."

Read more: Rose Brand’s Kaos Brings the South to Alaska

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