Time to Inspect Your Rigging?

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Five Facts to Convince Your Board Your stage rigging may be decades old or installed in the last few years, counterweight or motorized, and in good working order or sad and saggy—but no matter what, it’s important to have it inspected regularly by a qualified professional. It can be challenging, however, to get your board of directors to loosen the purse strings, especially if the rigging seems to be working just fine. Here are some facts to help you get the allocation you need to pay for an inspection: It’s …

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Arts Spotlight: Rover Dramawerks, Plano, TX

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We’re inspired by the passion and creativity of performing arts organizations of all shapes and sizes. This week we’re shining the spotlight on a small Texas theatre by talking to one of its co-founders, Jason Rice. YPP: Tell us about Rover Dramawerks. Rice: We’re starting our 15th year and our mission statement is both lofty and vague: “To produce lost or forgotten works of well-known authors, revive excellent scripts that have suffered from lack of exposure and discover unknown gems of the stage.” Our real mission statement is “I don’t …

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Q&A Spotlight: Sensory Friendly Performing Arts


Performing arts geared for audience members with social and cognitive disabilities — including those on the autism spectrum — are making news recently. On a practical level, this often involves modifying sound and lighting to minimize the likelihood of startling the audience. Other factors to consider include funding, promotion and training. To learn how one of the nation’s flagship family theatres, Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) in Minneapolis, is serving this need, we caught up with Deborah Girdwood, Director of CTC’s Access & Special Programs. YPP: How does CTC promote Sensory …

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Think Outside the Rink

Maybe it’s the bitter sub-zero weather in the northern U.S. or the 2015 NHL Winter Classic played outside last week, but we’re inspired to explore two interesting examples of performing arts in ice arenas: a unique corporate entertainment event and the Disney-on-Ice juggernaut. Mega-Dinner Theatre. When attendees at major charity event walked into the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, for a dinner gala and concert several years ago, they were expecting to see a hockey arena. Instead, spread out before them was an elegant dinner theatre – set …

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Support Safer Student Stages This Holiday Season

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Are you looking for that perfect cause for your year-end giving as 2014 comes to a close? ‘Tis the season of holiday concerts, plays and pageants—a good time to support the cause of stage safety at schools around the country. USITT’s Rigging Safety Initiative provides free stage rigging inspections and stage crew safety training for secondary schools, which often lack the resources to ensure their stages are safe. USITT launched the program with founding sponsor J.R .Clancy, Inc., in 2011, and has since approved 88 schools for inspections and training. …

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Bah Humbug! Live Music’s Best!!

[News Item: Computer scientists are striving to accelerate the Internet to enable musicians in distant cities to collaborate in real time, as if they were playing in the same concert hall. -- San Jose Mercury News, 11/30/14.] ‘Twas just before Christmas and all ‘cross the ‘Net, Scientists were scheming: How fast can it get? If virtual connections were quicker on-line, Musicians could collaborate – wouldn’t that be real fine? A cellist in Boston and violist in Rome, Could perform a duo – virtually — without leaving home. Long-distance signals now …

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Can Your Event Venue Handle The Load? Get The Load Rating

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It’s been a long time (1939, in fact) since Mickey Rooney stood up in the movie Babes in Arms and told his gang of pals, “Let’s put on a show! My dad’s got a barn….” That show (and others) that Mickey, Judy Garland and their buddies threw together in a matter of days looked great on the movie screen—so great, in fact, that MGM repeated the formula in Strike Up the Band, Babes on Broadway, and Girl Crazy. In real life, however, such extravagant productions mounted in “my dad’s barn” …

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Acoustics 101: Achieving Ensemble

From an occasional series… For most people, the word “ensemble” only means a group of musicians performing together. However, conductors and music directors use the word to describe a balanced, blended sound that unifies a group. Can You Hear Me Now? The result is like the Latin saying found on U.S. coins: E pluribus unum, which translates as “Out of many, one.” Achieving true ensemble is the result of more than just effective rehearsals and individual practice. Musicians must be able to hear themselves and each other. “If musicians can …

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Tracking the Arts: 2014 National Index Published

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Earlier this fall, we profiled the development of the Local Arts Index by Americans for the Arts, by interviewing one of its creators, Roland J. Kushner. He shared how this data helps communities examine the texture of local arts and culture. For a national perspective, the 2014 National Arts Index was released in late November (based on 2012 data) and this week we’ll touch on some highlights: Economic Engine… In the U.S., the arts drive $151 billion in consumer spending annually, which helps support 91,000 nonprofit arts organizations and 800,000 …

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