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Rigging Focus

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 scenic element called 'the Oracle' was moved using a Kinesys system supplied by Atlanta Rigging Systems.

Bringing Gorillaz Back to Life

PLSN Staff •
  • Rigging Focus
• November 9, 2017

With the release of their first album in seven years, Humanz, Blur frontman Damon Albarn and illustrator Jamie Hewlett took their virtual band Gorillaz on the road this year, performing with live musicians and a long roster of guest artists on both sides of the Atlantic along with a few dates in Asia and the Middle East.

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Mantracourt’s BroadWeigh system components are pictured here.

Load Cells in the Workplace

PLSN Staff •
  • Rigging Focus
• March 11, 2017

The amount of weight any production can hang in a venue has long dictated the size of many productions. As touring productions get larger and use more rigging points, it’s become imperative that the weights on each point become precise to avoid overloading a hoist or the beam from which it is suspended. Over times, rigging weights have been measured from produce style looking scales to electronic devices with miles of thin wires. Today’s load cells are a strain gauge transducer that works like a digital scale. The business of figuring out rigging weights has gone wireless with the addition of BroadWeigh to the market. But let’s look at what led our industry to this achievement. Read More...

Beck Studios and J.R. Clancy teamed up on a rigging upgrade for Miller Outdoor Theatre in Houston, TX

Miller Outdoor Theatre Gets a Power Assist

PLSN Staff •
  • Rigging Focus
• October 16, 2016

Unique Venue Gets First Major Rigging Upgrade in Nearly 50 Years

The Miller Theatre, located within Hermann Park in Houston, TX, is a unique venue. An outdoor, full-proscenium theatre, the original facility was built in 1923. Rebuilt in 1968, the Miller now includes a 64-by-41-foot stage, 54 line sets, an orchestra lift and a 100-ton air conditioning system to cool the performance area. Seating is provided for approximately 1,700 patrons, with a sloping lawn that accommodates roughly 4,500 more. Read More...

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