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Ingham Featured in Dramatics

Those reading the recent March issue of Dramatics were treated to an interview with Rosemary Ingham, winner of USITT's 2006 Distinguished Achievement Award in Costume Design.

"Dressing the Show" by Mike Lawler included several examples of Ms. Ingham's drawings and then realized work for Pygmalion.

Ms. Ingham's work was also featured at a Special Exhibit as part of the 2006 Stage Expo.

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Madonna Wears Period Corsets

When Madonna performed at the 2006 Grammy Awards, she was wearing a custom Lilly corset made by Period Corsets by Kaufman-Davis Studio. The corset, usually hidden from view, was front and center during the February Grammy show which was broadcast on CBS. Period Corsets, based in Seattle, continues its participation showing distinctive period silhouettes at Stage Expo in Louisville,

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Gorrell Feted as Safety Wizard

Jerry Gorrell retired recently from the City of Phoenix where he was the technical director and safety coordinator for Phoenix Stages. Rumor has it that he needed to retire to have enough time for his numerous other activities, including work as chair of USITT's Standards Committee, a member of several ANSI E1 Entertainment Technology working groups, and principal of Theatre Safety Programs, an entertainment industry safety consulting firm. Many members of USITT will see how his retirement is working out during the 2007 USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo which will be held in Phoenix next March.

Friends traveled from near and far to help celebrate with the "safety wizard" including Mary Montalvo, left, USITT's Engineering Commissioner; and Mitch Hefter, USITT Director at Large and DMX-512 guru. Mr. Gorrell is the gentleman on the right in the appropriate hat.

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Sightlines Launches from Conference

Regular readers know that Sightlines is available by the first of each month, bringing members news about activities within USITT and the performing arts and entertainment industry. That is a bit of a challenge when the editor, USITT staff, Board of Directors, and much of our readership are all gathered for the Annual Conference & Stage Expo.

In this issue, launched from Louisville, we bring you a small taste of the record-setting experience. If you are viewing this from a Cyber Cafe at Stage Expo, look around at very familiar sights. If you were not able to join us, you were missed. And if you are catching up on your reading after the event, we hope to have provided a few small glimpses of all that took place. More will be included in upcoming issues.

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Amanda Sutt Featured in Article

A former Appalachian State student, and USITT Student Chapter President, was featured in a March issue of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Changing man into frog all in a day's work for costume design" describes Amanda Sutt's work on both the costumes and marionettes for the Aurora Theatre's production of A Year With Frog and Toad. Ms. Sutt, a set and costume designer, has been a USITT member since 2002.

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Long Reach Long Riders Expand

For motorcycle riders who have limited time, but a desire to ride this July, the Long Reach Long Riders have a solution. "We've received a number of requests", Bill Sapsis of the LRLR explains, "from riders who wanted to join us on the trip but couldn't make the full time commitment.  So, in addition to those who want to ride the full route, we're also opening up the ride to day trippers.  This ride has been a lot of fun and we wanted as many people as possible to participate."

The Long Reach Long Riders third annual cross country charity motorcycle ride begins on July 9, 2006.  The beneficiaries of this year's ride are the ESTA Foundation's Behind the Scenes and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

To join the ride, make a donation or sponsor a service along the route, visit for more information.

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