Technical Director

National Association of Music Merchants – 2018 NAMM Show

THE NAMM SHOW  is the definitive platform for the music, sound and event technology communities to unite with the mission of strengthening the music products industry and promoting the pleasures and benefits of making music. Held in Anaheim every January, The NAMM Show offers the latest products from more than 7,000 brands, cutting edge industry education across hundreds of sessions, as well as special events, concerts and experiences where “only at NAMM” moments take place.  This year’s NAMM Show will take place January 25-28, 2018. As an attendee, you can… Explore products from more than 2,000 exhibitors, showcasing over 7,000 brands. LEARN from industry experts at hundreds of educational sessions. Connect with other industry professionals at more than 150 networking events. Spot i...

MAC Encore Lighting Products – 2018 Winter Demo Tour (RSVP TODAY!)

Experience Martin by HARMAN’s new  MAC Encore™ Line of products. With the success of our fall tour and the addition of our recently introduced MAC Encore Wash products, we’re excited to get back on the road this winter! Our 2018 demo tour hits the U.S. in January and February 2018, and is the best opportunity to experience firsthand, the new whisper-silent benchmark in performance lighting.  Also learn about light quality measurement and LED lighting design while seeing some of the industry’s best products working in real-time. We will also be bringing a lineup of some of our most popular products including: the full complement of Martin VDO Creative Video products including Sceptron, Face 5, and P3 along with products from JBL and Soundcraft. Each event day is open from 10:30a...

How to Rig and then Quickly Restore a Falling Bookcase

BY: JAY DUCKWORTH via www.stage-directions.com “And that my friend is why I’m never allowed in Cook County without my state issued ID and an International Order of Odd Fellows ring.” “I hate to interrupt such an interesting story,” Alex said, “But we just got an email from the stage manager. Looks like they want the stage right shelf over the computer to fall and then restore in a six-second blackout.” That’s the shelf with all the teaching books on it, yeah?, I ask. “I’m afraid so, and if it falls all the way down the weight will break the computer monitor on the desk below it.” Let’s noodle on this tonight and see what we can come up with, I conclude. Alex mocked up a shelf the same size as the one on the set so we could try a few things out. Sce...

International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging Now Available

via etnow.com ESTA and PLASA announce the release of an International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging (ICOPER) which is available as a free download at www.esta.org/icoper or www.plasa.org/icoper. In response to calls from the international entertainment rigging community, rigging professionals from around the globe came together to create ICOPER to promote awareness and safety worldwide by providing a model code of practice with a focus on arena rigging. However, this Code of Practice is applicable to all event production rigging disciplines. The practices described in the Code are intended to provide a universal foundation for those engaged in planning, managing and executing entertainment rigging. ICOPER also provides guidelines for those who wish to develop policy, design tr...

Upholstering a Chaise

BY: ERIC HART via www.props.eric-hart.com I just finished Buyer and Cellar at Triad Stage. We needed an all-white antique French chaise. I could not find any within our budget, especially since I knew I would need to reupholster anything I found. One of the great prop secrets is that you can order furniture frames from companies that sell to professional upholsters. I found a company that made a chaise in the style I needed. You can order a frame unfinished and knocked down, which means it arrives without any paint or stain, and it is completely unassembled. The cost is a fraction of a finished piece (and the shipping is far cheaper, too). Unboxing the chaise The frame came flatpacked just like a piece of IKEA furniture, only instead of allen keys, it fit together with glue and dowels. Ass...

MWTA Registration Opens November 1st

The 2018 MidWest Theatre Auditions (MWTA) Registration opens TOMORROW, November 1st! The registration link will open at 10:00 am CENTRAL TIME. Please note that registration fills up quickly, so have all your information and payment ready before you begin the application. There is an application fee of $50 for Actors and $45 for DTSM due with submission of application, payable online by Visa or MasterCard. MWTA does  NOT accept any other forms of payment. Checks and cash are NOT accepted. Acting Auditions All applicants should bring copies of their résumés and headshots to the auditions for callbacks. After you send in your application, you will receive an e-mail confirmation by January 1st which will guide you through the process of sending in a small headshot that will be given to the the...

Get Up Close With the Props of Dear Evan Hansen

BY HANNAH VINE POSTED ON: PLAYBILL.COM A lot goes into putting on a Broadway show, from the performances and sound engineering to stage management and lighting. There’s so much happening onstage, that often, theatregoers miss the smaller details—like the props. We went backstage at the Music Box Theatre for an up-close look at the props used in the Tony-winning Dear Evan Hansen, and spoke to props supervisor for the the show Buist Bickley. Bickley gave us a run-down on how the props were selected and what steps are taken to maintain them over a long run. Whether it’s collaborating with the scenic or set designers to create a cohesive look, or making sure the materials are all flame retardant, every last detail is specifically curated for aesthetic and practical purposes. “Dear Evan H...

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