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A moment from Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway, with a sound system utilizing Meyer Sound M’elodie loudspeakers
A moment from Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway, with a sound system utilizing Meyer Sound M’elodie loudspeakers
Sound designer Tim O’Heir chose a Meyer Sound system for the Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The system is built around Meyer Sound M’elodie line array loudspeakers, with dual front hangs of eight-each M2D line array loudspeakers flanking a center hang of 11 M’elodie loudspeakers, while a cardioid array of three flown 600-HP subwoofers provides low end. Two UPJ-1PVariO loudspeakers provide down fill, two UPQ-1P loudspeakers provide stall fill, and 16 UP-4XP loudspeakers cover front and box fill. O’Heir chose the Meyer M’elodie speakers thanks to their “rock concert sound” which also provided “great intelligibility along with vocal punch.”

Read more: Meyer Sound Goes Extra Mile for Angry Inch

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The Grosh Backdrops and Drapery team celebrate Eric Mueller’s 35 years with the company.
The Grosh Backdrops and Drapery team celebrate Eric Mueller’s 35 years with the company.
Eric Mueller recently celebrated his 35th anniversary with Grosh Backdrops and Drapery. Currently Grosh’s warehouse manager, Mueller has amassed a legendary collection of anecdotes and stories about celebrities, and will share those stories in a new behind-the-scenes blog on Grosh’s website, titled Eric’s Corner. Surprised by the company-wide celebration of his anniversary, Mueller said “I have yet to work or hear of a more generous employer … There is a team spirit here. When something needs to happen at a moment’s notice we all take it to heart, pull together to get the job done.”

Read more: Eric Mueller Celebrates 35 Years with Grosh Backdrops and Drapery

Theatre Buzz

The 2014 Henry Hewes Design Award Winners will be honored at a ceremony on Oct. 6.
The 2014 Henry Hewes Design Award Winners will be honored at a ceremony on Oct. 6.
The Henry Hewes Design Awards named their 2014 honorees: Bob Crowley (Scenic Design, The Glass Menagerie), Linda Cho (Costume Design, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Justin Townsend (Lighting Design, Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play) and G. Lucas Crane and Keith Skretch (Notable Effects, This Was the End). Selected from more than 200 Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions, the awards recognize not only the traditional categories of Scenic Design, Costume Design and Lighting Design, but also “Notable Effects,” which includes sound, music, video, puppetry and other effects. The winners will be honored at a lunch on Oct. 6. 

Read more: 2014 Henry Hewes Design Award Winners Named

Changing Roles

Richard Bevan, the new Senior VP/GM of WorldStage West
Richard Bevan, the new Senior VP/GM of WorldStage West
WorldStage promoted Richard Bevan to Senior Vice President/General Manager of WorldStage West, located in Tustin, Calif. He will report to WorldStage President Josh Weisberg. Bevan has a long history with the companies that eventually formed WorldStage, and will continue to manage key accounts at WorldStage West.

Read more: Richard Bevan Promoted to Senior VP/GM of WorldStage West

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Two sessions have been added to the PLASA Rigging Conference taking place Oct. 6 at ExCel London. Lori Rubenstein will moderate the first session of the day, an overview of the evolution of the International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging (ICoPER) over the last 12 months. Additionally, Michael Anderson, group head of health and safety at Earls Court & Olympia Group, will lead a session looking into the revised Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations and the impact they will have on the industry when they are launched in April 2015.

Read more: Sessions Added to Rigging Conference

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Auerback Pollock Friedlander won a 2014 Themed Entertainment Association award for their work on the theatre for Michael Jackson ONE, a moment of which is shown here. Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images
Auerback Pollock Friedlander won a 2014 Themed Entertainment Association award for their work on the theatre for Michael Jackson ONE, a moment of which is shown here. Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images
Auerbach Pollock Friedlander won a 2014 Themed Entertainment Association Award for Outstanding Achievement for their work on the Michael Jackson ONE Cirque du Soleil Theatre in Las Vegas. Auerbach Pollock Friedlander’s work on the theatre included reconfiguring seating so audience members could better view dancers onstage as well as working closely with Cirque du Soleil to design the performance systems to support the production such as stage machinery (rigging and automation), theatrical lighting control and audio-video systems.

Read more: Auerbach Pollock Friedlander Wins TEA Award for Michael Jackson ONE

Theatre Buzz

The Oregon Community Foundation awarded Artists Rep Theatre in Portland a “Creative Heights” grant worth $125,000 to launch a new play development program. The New Play Development program is meant to “create opportunities for local and national playwrights, ensure that underrepresented voices are heard on stage and establish Artists Rep and Portland as an engine for new play development, nationally.” The two-year pilot program will commission eight new plays. Four of the eight commissions will go to writers of color, four will be women, one play will be written for young adults. One writer from Oregon will be awarded a special commission – The Oregon Play Prize – and a commitment to a full production of their play’s World Premiere in an Artists Rep season. Artists Rep will immediately hire a Director of New Play Development, a professional dramaturge, to manage the program and work with staff to create a submission and selection process.

Read more: Artists Rep Receives Grant to Begin New Play Development Program

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Stages St. Louis raised $94,500 for their education and artistic programs at their one-night gala fundraiser “Broadway Goes Country.” The event raised the money through a combination of ticket sales, auction, wine pull, raffle, and a generous presenting sponsorship from Lynne and Jim Turley.

Read more: Stages St. Louis Raises $94k At Annual Cabaret Event

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A moment from Thoroughly Modern Millie, at Floyd Central High School, the 2013 High School Theatre Honors Program Midwest winner
A moment from Thoroughly Modern Millie, at Floyd Central High School, the 2013 High School Theatre Honors Program Midwest winner
Organize the fanbase, start a social media campaign and try to go viral as the 2014 Stage Directions High School Theatre Honors Program has begun! The annual celebration of the best high school theatre in America is now accepting nominations at www.bit.ly/sd2014tophs. Anyone can nominate a school, and a school can be nominated as many times as it has fans (one nomination per person).

Read more: Stage Directions 2014 High School Theatre Honors Program Now Accepting Nominations!

SD University

A scene from The Greenshow, 2014, which featured students from Southern Utah University. (Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival. Photo by Karl Hugh.)
A scene from The Greenshow, 2014, which featured students from Southern Utah University. (Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival. Photo by Karl Hugh.)
The Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University have partnered to form the Festival Fellowship Program, providing SUU undergrads professional theatre experience via an internship program. Participating in the inaugural year are Henry Ballesteros, Madison Ford, Josh Hopkins, Amber James, Trevor Messenger, Kristy Dennett, Errin Gropp, Kristy Koslowski, Ryan Turpin, and Jacob Whitney.

Read more: 10 SUU Students Participate in Utah Shakespeare Festival’s Inaugural Festival Fellowship Program

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