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Parnelli Awards photo by Richard Crews
Parnelli Awards photo by Richard Crews

16th Annual Parnelli Awards

PLSN Staff
Cover Story

The 16th Annual Parnelli Awards was on track to be its typical high-energy, funny, and emotional show … and then Tom Petty surprised the audience by taking the podium. He flew in himself and 11 members of the Heartbreaker family to give accolades to his long time tour manager, Richard Fernandez, who received the live events highest honor, the Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Lindsey Stirling 2016 tour photo by Steve Jennings
Lindsey Stirling 2016 tour photo by Steve Jennings

Lindsey Stirling 'Brave Enough' 2016 Tour

Steve Jennings (Photo and Text)
Designer Insights

Lighting designer and director Andrew Nissley is out with Lindsey Stirling, the American violinist, dancer, performance artist and composer, who’s a YouTube sensation with more than a billion total views. Stirling’s music is a combination of classical, pop, rock and dance. Her tour dates tend to be sell-outs and she continues to grow as an artist. The solo dates in the States wrap up this month, then she shares the stage with three more multi-artist U.S. gigs in December. Then she returns to the road for a European leg in 2017.

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Nook Schoenfeld, Editor, PLSN
Nook Schoenfeld, Editor, PLSN

A Weekend in Vegas

Nook Schoenfeld
Editor's Note

The yearly jaunt to Vegas was once again a fun time. Met a few new friends and caught up with a bunch more on the golf course, the LDI show floor and, of course, the nightly celebrations culminating with the Parnelli Awards on Saturday night.

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Blizzard Lighting fixtures lit robots made from ModTruss components.
Blizzard Lighting fixtures lit robots made from ModTruss components.

LDI 2016 Show Report

Nook Schoenfeld
Features

It was a good three days of walking the floor this year, with all of the 350 booths located in the same hall. Attendance seemed moderate this year, as there seemed to be more room to walk the aisles without bumping into people. Of course, there was still the usual logjam at the Blizzard Lighting/Mod Truss booth where the party never seemed to stop, especially when you have life-sized Rock’em Sock’em Robots for us full-sized children to play with! Rest assured, there was plenty of cool things to see this year, and we have compiled a list of the 100 companies we felt had something worthwhile on display.

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Dierks Bentley Somewhere on a Beach Tour 2016. Photo by Todd Kaplan
Dierks Bentley Somewhere on a Beach Tour 2016. Photo by Todd Kaplan

Dierks Bentley 'Somewhere on a Beach' Tour

Nook Schoenfeld
Production Profile

Chris Reade has been lighting bands for 20 plus years now, but as they say, ‘It’s a long way to the top’. He may not have reached the pinnacle of his career just yet, but after getting nominated for a Parnelli Award as LD of the year in 2016, he’s certainly close to it as his peers have noted. It was especially sweet for Chris as this year marks the 10th tour he has designed lights for Dierks Bentley and the fourth time he has gotten to collaborate with set designer Bruce Rodgers.

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Kevin 'Deuce' Christoper lit his tenth tour with the band this year. Seibo provided the lighting gear, and Solotech was the video vendor. Journey tour photo by Steve Jennings.
Kevin 'Deuce' Christoper lit his tenth tour with the band this year. Seibo provided the lighting gear, and Solotech was the video vendor. Journey tour photo by Steve Jennings.

Journey 2016 Tour

Steve Jennings (Photo and Text)
Wide Focus

Kevin “Deuce” Christopher has worked with the band Journey since 2004 on 10 tours, domestically and internationally, as both lighting designer and director. He’s developed a great relationship with the band, both personal and professional, tackling the challenge of representing the band’s “persona” with his visual design.

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Roof system at Florida Central
Roof system at Florida Central

Applied Electronics

Mike Wharton
Company 411

It is hard to imagine that, with the vast proliferation of manufacturers, dealers, and rental houses operating in the production world these days, a young production design company would panic about fulfilling an order after it was awarded a contract. Such were the circumstances that led Scott Humphrey and his father, Jim, to acquire Applied Electronics (AE), however.

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'Cats' photos by Matthew Murphy
'Cats' photos by Matthew Murphy

Katz on 'Cats'

Bryan Reesman
Inside Theatre

LD Natasha Katz talks about lighting the musical as it makes its way back to Broadway.

The Andrew Lloyd Weber musical, Cats, is both a beloved and satirized show. The original production lasted 18 years and ended its original run in 2000, but it has been revived in a new production directed by Trevor Nunn and co-starring pop singer Leona Lewis as the melancholy kitty Grizabella, whose signature song, “Memories,” is an iconic Broadway theme.

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From left, Allison Skurtveit, Wolfgang Staley, John Gonzalez, Hannah Haldeman and Amari Smith watch Perseus McDaniel tell a story in NTID’s Tales from the Deaf Side. Captions on the set’s back wall let the hearing audience follow the story as well. Photos by Nic Minetor
From left, Allison Skurtveit, Wolfgang Staley, John Gonzalez, Hannah Haldeman and Amari Smith watch Perseus McDaniel tell a story in NTID’s Tales from the Deaf Side. Captions on the set’s back wall let the hearing audience follow the story as well. Photos by Nic Minetor

Tales from the Deaf Side

Randi Minetor
Focus on Theatre

National Technical Institute for the Deaf  Theatre Uses Captions, Projections

Most hearing people never give the word “Earth” a thought, but to deaf people, it’s a word that starts with “ear”—proof that our planet is a world meant for people who can hear.

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