March 2012

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March 2012

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March 1 Deadline for Rose Brand's New Student Competition

Rose Brand CompetitionRose Brand has announced the creation of the Rose Brand USITT Action Design Competition. The competition will involve up to four different teams of students competing against each other to create the best scenic environment. Teams will consist of a student scenic designer, technical director, lighting designer, and costume designer. Each team member will not know their teammates, which supplies they will be given, or the theme of their environment until the day before the competition. Teams will be given a 10 by 10-foot space and three and a half hours in which to work.
Rose Brand is accepting applications for students wishing to compete. Applications are due March 1. For more information on the competition and how to apply, visit Rose Brand’s Facebook page.

Annual Conference & Stage Expo Opens in March

We look forward to seeing many of our members when the entire staff of USITT's National Office travels to Long Beach March 28 to 31 for the Annual Conference & Stage Expo. This issue contains lots of great information about sessions, exhibitors, and activities, so take advantage of all that's available.

April Sightlines a Bit Late

While USITT strives to issue its electronic newsletters on the first of each month, the April issue may be a bit delayed. The 52nd Annual Conference & Stage Expo is closing on March 31, and we expect to have some coverage of that event included in the April issue.

LRLR To Ride Through Northwest to Raise Funds

The 2012 Long Reach Long Riders (LRLR) ride will begin and end in Seattle, the Emerald City of the Northwest. The riders will gather on August 3 and head north the next morning. Before returning to Seattle eight days later, the group will visit some of the finest scenery the rugged Northwest has to offer. From the city of Victoria on Vancouver Island, to the Olympic Peninsula and the furthest northwest corner of the contiguous U.S. at Neah Bay, this promises to be one of the most scenic rides the LRLR have taken. Booming surf, majestic old-growth forests, and picturesque fishing villages will all be on the agenda. Additional sites may include Mt. Ranier, Mt. St. Helens, Crater Lake National Park, Klamath Falls, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

The goal for LRLR is raising money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids and The ESTA Foundation's Behind The Scenes. To date, the LRLR have raised over $300,000, mostly through small donations.

For more information about the Long Reach Long Riders, to join the ride, or to donate, please visit