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Articles from the March 2018 Issue

Winter Olympics Close with a Feeling of Harmony

Nook Schoenfeld • Editor's Note March 2018 • March 12, 2018
As I sat watching the closing ceremonies at the Olympics, I found myself in a peaceful place. The projection on the floor was superb, in my mind. The choreography, scenic design, visual elements, pyro and of course, the drones, made us forget about the issues of the days (such as today’s turmoil within the White House or this week’s school shooting). They did what good entertainment is supposed to do — take your mind to another place. Read More...

Matthieu Larivée, LD/Production Designer with Børns

Debi Moen • March 2018 On the Road • March 12, 2018
TOUR: First North American leg, Jan 18- Feb 24; Australia, UK, Europe, more North America through 2018. DESIGN: “A show is about a mood. It changes every time. It is interesting to work with technology these years because we have super graphic lights, mood lights, video panels, etc. My approach is larger than lights. Depending on the project, I might be looking for something to be lit, like a set piece. Or I might use lighting to do arial looks. I like to define space. It all starts with what is my canvas.” Read More...

The Rhythm (of Transitions) is Gonna Get You

Bryan Reesman • Inside Theater March 2018 • March 12, 2018
As it crisscrosses the country, the Tony Award-nominated musical On Your Feet continues to bring the story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan vividly to life onstage, chronicling their ascension from modest beginnings to musical royalty through their group Miami Sound Machine. Six months in, the national tour has picked up after the show finished a nearly two-year run on Broadway. The original production, which features scenic design by David Rockwell and projections by Darrel Maloney, sweeps through dozens of scenes as it compresses decades of real life into key narrative moments. Read More...

Miranda Lambert “Livin’ Like Hippies Tour”

Steve Jennings • March 2018 Production Profile • March 12, 2018
Miranda Lambert is out on her “Livin’ Like Hippies” tour, which started Jan. 18 and takes a break after March 24 before adding on three shows in June. In mid-July, Lambert hits the road again with Little Big Town on “The Bandwagon Tour, which then runs through Aug. 24. We spoke with lighting and production designer Paul “Arlo” Guthrie, lighting programmer and director Taylor Price and video director Josh “Death Ray” Clark about the “Hippies” tour looks. Read More...

St. Vincent “Fear the Future Tour”

Steve Jennings • Designer Insights March 2018 • March 12, 2018
Creative director and scenic designer Willo Perron (Drake, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z), worked with choreographer and show director Annie-B Parson (David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, David Bowie) to collaborate on the “Fear the Future Tour” with singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Anne Erin “Annie” Clark (better known by her stage name, St. Vincent.) We spoke with the tour lighting and production designer Jesse Blevins (Jay Z, Rihanna, Demi Lovato, Lenny Kravitz) and lighting director and programmer Meagan Metcalf (Sheryl Crow, Fleet Foxes, Metric, Chromeo) to get some insight on the show. Read More...

Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show

PLSN Staff • Event Lighting March 2018 • March 12, 2018
Once again over 100 million people from 180 countries tuned in to watch the Super Bowl and its infamous halftime show, as Justin Timberlake played a 13-minute set revealing a new song and plenty of his hits. It was his third Super Bowl appearance, but first as a headliner. A crack squad of technicians and I.A.T.S.E. members were able to set the stages on the field in approximately six minutes. Considering there were seven different performance stations for Timberlake, this was a feat that took some serious planning. Read More...

Who Ya Gonna Call?

Nook Schoenfeld • Event Lighting March 2018 • March 12, 2018
For a big concert staged during Super Bowl weekend at Mystic Lake Casino in the Twin Cities area, The Legacy Production Group got a big last-minute order for gear. “They took every last fixture we had and incorporated it into the design," said Tom Gorman. "Our next problem was that, while we had the fixtures, we didn’t have the cable and distros to power them up, and they wanted to load in fairly soon.” The phone call had come in about ten days before load-in would commence in the ballroom, as the casino’s large stage in the theater was unavailable. Read More...

SKALAR in Berlin

Louise Stickland • Focus on Design March 2018 • March 12, 2018
For Skalar, a large-scale art installation that invites visitors to explore light and sound in an environment that combines the raw industrial beauty of a derelict power station with the scale that brings to mind the soaring interior space of a cathedral, light artist Christopher Bauder and musician/composer Kangding Ray made use of lighting fixtures from Robe. Read More...

Porter Robinson’s ‘Virtual Self’ Tour

Jim Hutchison • March 2018 Wide Focus • March 12, 2018
Pioneering electronic music producer Porter Robinson has teamed up with lighting designer Ben Coker of Orlando’s Zenith Lighting and collaborated with All Access Staging for the 2018 “Virtual Self” Tour. This isn’t your typical EDM blink blitz — Coker, the Porter Robinson team, and All Access Staging have come up with a fully ground-based, modular floor kit with absolutely no front light package. Read More...

A Look at Absen in the USA

Mike Wharton • Company 411 March 2018 • March 12, 2018
Absen opened their headquarters in Orlando with only four employees in 2013. There are now more than 50 employees associated with the subsidiary handling the exponential growth that has taken place over the last three years. Absen’s Gary Fuller, Jeremy Fish and Alison Maxson recently gave PLSN the 411 on their growing company. We also spoke with Evolve Media Group’s Tyler Mayne. Read More...

Behind the Scenes at the Junior Theater Festival

Mike Wharton • March 2018 Rigging Focus • March 12, 2018
The Junior Theater Festival (JTF) is the world’s biggest and best celebration of young people performing musical theater. The event is now produced by Timothy Allen McDonald and iTheatrics. Under the educational and artistic supervision of iTheatrics, JTF brings students, teachers and Broadway professionals from all over the world together for a weekend to celebrate outstanding student musical theater productions. Read More...

The Pillars of Planning: A Look at the ESA’s 2017 Event Safety Summit

Jacob Worley • March 2018 Safety Factor • March 12, 2018
In our industry, most professionals agree that planning for safety has become an essential part of the event production process. What is often less clear are the details — what should we prepare for, and where do we begin? Read More...

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