Technical Theatre

How to Tell a Loved One They’re Coiling Cables Wrong

BY TOM K.via www.thehardtimes.net Coiling cables is an everyday part of live shows. When done incorrectly, however, it can be heartbreaking to watch a loved one, or often time a band mate, make the same mistakes over and over again. Know that you are not alone and help is available. FACT: Studies show that over 7,500 sound guys a night suffer through an over-eager drummer or vocalist looking to help. Approaching a person you care about with gear issues can seem an overwhelming task so the resident Band Psychologists at Hard Style have provided a 4 step program to provide a starting point for the process. Identify – Suggest – Intervene – Support The ISIS process, detailed below, is daunting but effective. It can be difficult to deal with the raw emotions involved with these c...

Inside the life of Entertainment Rigger: Jeremy Wetter

BY ANNA ROBBvia www.theatreartlife.com TheatreArtLife has connected with a number of Entertainment Riggers across the globe to bring you their stories, experience and advice on the very crucial roles and responsibilities Riggers hold in today’s industry. Jeremy Wetter stumbled into a rigging career through his interest in rock climbing and has ended up working for the likes of Lady Gaga and Cirque Du Soleil. This is his story. Jeremy Wetter, how did you get into Rigging? What was the path that brought you to this career? When I was in High School I took an occupational placement test. I stated that I didn’t want to work in an office, I liked working with my hands, I didn’t mind strenuous work and that I enjoyed nature. It compiled all of this data and the results were… I would make an exce...

PROPS HOW-TO: DINER STOOLS

BY ERIC HARTvia www. props-eric.hart.com Earlier this year, I was the props master on August Wilson’s Two Trains Running at Triad Stage. The set, designed by Moriah and Isabel Curley-Clay, was a Pittsburgh diner in 1969. Among the various components were thirteen matching diner stools, the kind that spin and are bolted to the floor. It proved impossible to source that many stools within our budget, so I decided to build them. I designed the main support in two parts: an inner post made of steel that would hold the seat and be bolted to the floor, and an outer post that would sleeve over and appear to be chrome. I welded the inner post out of box tube and quarter-inch plate. I added a small length of pipe to the top so the seat could spin freely. I cut the outer posts out of PVC p...

Now Hiring Technical Staff: Leavenworth Summer Theatre – Updated 05.01.19

LST is looking for the following technical and artistic staff for our 2019 summer season. Scenic Painter / Lead Charge Artist LST has an opportunity for a talented scenic artist to create and implement all scenic and deck treatments for our 2019 summer season. This will be a complete scenic treatment for Hello, Dolly! and Pirates of Penzance, and any remedial or touchup treatment on our existing Sound of Music set. more… To apply: Please send the following materials to phil.LSTexec@gmail.com : A short letter of interest, including your background and why you would like to work with LST. A resume, or short summary of qualifications. Any media documentation of applicable previous projects. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, starting immediat...

WEBINAR REGISTRATION FOR CASE STUDY: OVERSEEING REPERTORY LIGHT PLOTS AT SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA

TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2019 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET Spoleto Festival USA, based in Charleston, South Carolina, hosts domestic and international theatrical productions every year. In 17 days, over 250 performances take place throughout the city, but every production has to share its stage with someone else. It is repertory lighting at its craziest, with rapid-fire changeovers between shows choreographed down to the moment. In this session, Steve Shelley, president of Field Template LLC, will show the processes he used—and would use again today—in Vectorworks software to create the documentation needed to pull off such a combination of complex events. ATTENDEES WILL: Understand the definition, parameters, and types of repertory. Learn how Spotlight can be used to support the unique needs ...

Followspot operator Linford Hudson honored at Olivier Awards

via www.thestage.co.uk In February, Linford Hudson stood on the stage of the London Palladium and cried. The 72-year-old was remembering his half-century working at the venue, where he became a fixture in its lighting booth and earned the nickname ‘Mr Followspot’. From there, high above the stage at the back of the auditorium, he lit a galaxy of stars from Frank Sinatra to Judy Garland, from Liza Minnelli to Josephine Baker. Hudson first set foot through the ornate doors on Argyll Street in 1962 and left for good in 2014. “My teens, my 20s, my 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s I was here in this building,” he says in his strong Jamaican accent, painting a picture of a glorious age of the West End gone-by during an hour-long conversation that could have stretched to five. “I love it. There were brillia...

What Does It Take to Be a Ballet Company’s Head of Wardrobe on Opening Night?

BY MADELINE SCHROCK via www.dancemagazine.com Building a full-length ballet from scratch is an intense process. For the world premiere of Anna Karenina, a collaboration between The Joffrey Ballet and The Australian Ballet, that meant original choreography by Yuri Possokhov, a brand-new score by Ilya Demutsky, costume and set designs by Tom Pye and lighting designs by David Finn. The lavish ballet features upwards of 200 complete looks—and more than 800 individual costume pieces. “In the Joffrey costume shop we have a team of six to nine people, but for a big production like Anna not everything is made in-house,” says Ellie Cotey, head of wardrobe for The Joffrey Ballet. She estimates that about 50 people total were involved in the build. “It is always fun to build beautif...

Mic Concealment Made Easy

BY THE POINT SOURCE SOUNDING BOARD BLOG via www.stage-directions.com One of the challenges that face both designers and technicians is how to hide a microphone on an actor. In their hair or in their costume; there weren’t a lot of good solutions to this challenge, until Point Source Audio created its EMBRACE™ Earmount microphone solution. As a customizable mic’ing solution that is engineered for concealing, EMBRACE has earned praise from end-users, as well as two patents from the U.S. Patent Office. The innovative design means the patented EMBRACE’s shapeable structure can be trimmed, bent and, shaped to a custom-fit for each user allowing for microphones to be easily concealed and quickly custom-fitted for the wearer—providing a placement of the microphone in just mere seconds that is con...

2019 OTA Audition & Interview Registration NOW OPEN!

The 2019 North Central Regional Auditions and Interviews will take place January 19 & 20 on the campus of California University of Pennsylvania, located in California, PA. ACTOR/SINGER/DANCER REGISTRATION FORM Audition slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  This year’s audition forms MUST BE OPENED IN ADOBE READER TO BE FILLED OUT: OTA-Acting-Form-2019     TECHNICAL REGISTRATION  FORM OTA Tech Form 2019 EVENT INFORMATION 2019 Ohio Theatre Alliance Auditions 2019 Ohio Theatre Alliance Technical Interview

Registration for the 2019 New World Rigging Symposium – Opens Nov 1st

REGISTRATION OPENING NOVEMBER 1 ESTA and USITT announce the second New World Rigging Symposium, taking place March 19-20, 2019 in conjunction with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo 2019 in Louisville, KY. Building on the enormous success of this year’s inaugural symposium, the 2019 event will once again provide an opportunity for riggers and those interested in the live entertainment rigging industry to network, discuss current issues and new technologies and help shape the future of the industry. Attendees at the 2018 symposium were impressed with the knowledge and passion of the presenters and their fellow attendees, which made for an educational and inspirational event. The mix of professional riggers, engineers, health and safety professionals, venue managers, educators, and manufact...

USITT19 CONFERENCE REGISTRATION – NOW OPEN!

Registration Info More than 300 exhibitors will span across 43,000 square feet of Stage Expo floor demonstrating new products, speaking with attendees, and displaying the industry’s latest and greatest. Four days of technical theatre and live entertainment innovation under one roof makes for an technical theatre industry lover’s dream 5,000 + attendees will take part in over 200 sessions and educational opportunities providing credits, knowledge, and new tips and tricks USITT Conference We’ve been waiting for you! USITT19 is an extravaganza of technical theatre wonder. The industry’s top companies collide with attendees providing a hub for innovation, new technology, education, and networking. The Stage Expo floor delivers a show like no other while over 200 educational sessions and hands-...

A Look at the Masks and the Puppets in The Lion King

via www.stage-directions.com It was this week 21 years ago, Oct. 15, 1997 to be precise, that The Lion King played its first preview and audiences first saw the beautiful and intricate costumes, masks and puppetry so central to the narrative and to the unique experience of the production. Adam Savage and the team at Tested went backstage at The Lion King during its run in San Francisco in this video visit to the musical’s puppet shop, where puppet supervisor Michael Reilly walked them through the numerous intricate and varied puppets and masks used in the performance and showed how they’re maintained in their traveling workshop. The production and design credits for the show when it opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre were: Scenic Design by Richard Hudson Costume Design by Juli...