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Welcome The Hilliard Corporation

Look for The Hilliard Corp. as part of the 2007 Stage Expo.  The new Sustaining member will be exhibiting at booth 138. The Hilliard Corporation offers a broad line of motion control products, with custom applications as a specialty. Hilliard has a large portfolio of custom-engineered products that can be modified to meet new applications and offers economical design solutions for unique motion control problems.  To learn more, visit

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Welcome ALPS

We welcome ALPS/Advanced Lighting & Production Services, Inc. as a new Sustaining member of USITT.  Steven Way is president of the full-service company which is based in Randolph, Massachusetts. As its name suggests, ALPS is a comprehensive source for theatrical lighting and effects and provides customers throughout New England with sale, rental, production, repair, and installation services. They can be found online at

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New Name for Cosler

Cosler Theatre Design, formerly Charles Cosler Theatre Design, provides professional theatre consulting and lighting design services to architects, theatre owners, and developers. To learn more, visit

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A Move for Gerriets

Gerriets International has moved to a new, larger North American office, warehouse, and manufacturing facility in Ewing, New Jersey. All phone and fax numbers will remain the same (800-369-3695; 609-758-9121; fax 609-758-9596). This new building was designed to specifications meant to allow for response to customers requests and efficiency. The building will warehouse fabrics/textiles, projection screens, dance floors and Trumpf 95 and Joker 95 track systems and components as well as provide a custom sewing area and manufacturing area for custom bending of track systems.   

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Open House at Musson

Musson Theatrical, Inc. invites the San Francisco Bay Area entertainment technology community to attend an open house 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 8 and 9. Representatives from Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC) and Wybron will be on hand to demonstrate their newest and most innovative products. The event will feature hands-on demonstrations of the new Eos and Congo Junior Control Consoles, the Source Four High Definition Lenses, and the Wybron Nexera color changing fixtures.

Those wishing to attend the open house should RSVP via e-mail to

For more information, visit or contact Musson Theatrical at 800-THEATER.

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New Products from RC4

RC4 Wireless has introduced the RC4-Magic Wireless DMX Toolkit. An economically priced bundle of products from the new RC4-Magic product line-up, the Wireless DMX Toolkit provides a DMX transmitter, a DMX receiver, two 2-channel wireless dimmers, and -- as part of a limited-time introductory offer -- a Metageek Wi-Spy RF Spectrum Analyzer.

Intended for worldwide use, the RC4-Magic system is the first 2.4GHz product from RC4 Wireless. The first 25 kits sold will include the Wi-Spy RF Spectrum Analyzer, a $199 value. RC4-Magic components are also available separately, and can be added to any system at any time.

For more information, visit, call 1-866-258-4577, or contact: James David Smith, president and product designer, Soundsculpture Incorporated (Buffalo), 60 Industrial Parkway, #580, Cheektowaga, NY 14227;

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Theatre Projects Celebrates

Theatre Projects Consultants (TPC) began a year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary with a cocktail party, an employee receiving a prestigious award, and the promotion of another employee.

The party was held January 15 at the American Airlines Theatre in New York City. More than 250 guests including architects; theatre and entertainment professionals; TPC clients; acousticians; theatre consultants; TPC alumni; the media; and other TPC friends attended. Speeches and toasts were made by Emmy and Tony-winning set and costume designer Tony Walton, theatre architect Hugh Hardy of H3 Hardy Collaboration, and Richard Pilbrow, TPC founder and chairman emeritus. TPC was the theatre design consultant for the renovation of the American Airlines Theatre (formerly the Selwyn Theatre) which reopened in 2000 and is now home to the Roundabout Theatre Company.

David Staples received the Patrick Hayes Award from the International Society of Performing Arts Foundation (ISPA) January 16 during the ISPA conference in New York City. The award is named after the founding president of ISPA and recognizes an ISPA member of long standing whose achievements in arts management are deserving of special praise and recognition. Mr. Staples joined TPC in 1974 and was appointed managing director in 1985. He has worked in over 50 countries and his projects include The Lowry in Salford, England; Cerritos Centre for Performing Arts in California, United States; Esplanade -- Theatres on the Bay in Singapore; and Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Robert Young was promoted to senior consultant. A member of TPC's Performance Equipment Design Team, Mr. Young is responsible for the design and specification of stage lighting systems. Since joining the firm in 1999, he has worked on more than 75 projects including the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, the DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Notre Dame, the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, and the American Airlines Theatre in New York City. He currently is working on the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts and a new facility for the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. Having worked in the theatre and entertainment industries for over 20 years, he holds an MFA in lighting design from Brandeis University and a BA in dramatic art from the University of California at Davis.

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Promotion at Lex Products

Lex Products Corp. recently announced the promotion of Renee Page, Tom Siko, and Mike Scala.

Ms. Page was promoted to corporate communications director. For the past three years, she was the marketing director responsible for designing and projecting the Lex brand through creative advertising and promotional campaigns, websites, trade shows and external communications. In her new role, Ms. Page will be responsible for publicizing Lex's ability to produce and sell superior power and control systems for demanding markets, both to customers and industry influencers. She earned her BS in communications from Boston University in 1989, and over the past 15 years, she has held various executive-level marketing and communications positions in the consulting, software and consumer-product industries.

Mr. Siko, hired at the end of 2005 to fill a technical sales representative position, was promoted to Northeastern sales manager. He will be responsible for outside sales in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine. Before working for Lex, Mr. Siko was a production manager and service manager at Hughie's Audio Visual in Cleveland, Ohio. He has worked with a number of theatrical companies in the past including Mainlight Industries in Wilmington, Delaware. He received his BFA in lighting design from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

Mr. Scala has been promoted to director of operations for Lex Products and its divisions. Originally hired as plant manager in December 2005, he brings over 10 years of experience as a manufacturing/logistics supervisor with over eight years management/operations experience in the telecommunications and consumer products industries.

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TMB at Super Bowl

Arriving in Miami for Super Bowl XLI, Alpha One's new 7k Xenon Falcon Beam searchlight shared center field at this year's Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show where Prince performed. Emmy Award-winning lighting designer Bob Dickinson used 12 of the new Falcons in clusters of three on custom field carts to augment the 12-minute spectacular. TMB is the worldwide distributor for Falcon.

The use of Falcons on the NFL Super Bowl Halftime Show follows on the heels of many successful applications in Europe and Asia including the recent Asia Games 2006 in Qatar. Alpha One, of Oyten, Germany, designs, constructs and produces a range of professional high power lighting, specializing in xenon, metal halide and LED products.

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TOMCAT Supplies Cirque

TOMCAT USA again has teamed up with Cirque du Soleil to provide equipment for Delirium. The show is a live music concert that features remixes of existing Cirque music and reinterpretations of performances from other Cirque productions. Not a traditional Cirque show that plays over multiple weeks in one city at a time under the trademark Big Top tent, this is a multimedia/theatrical production designed for arenas for one or two nights then moving to the next location.

TOMCAT delivered two new curved bridges to be used as replacements for the bridges originally created for the show. These new pieces were specifically designed to be smaller and lighter. After their completion, the two bridges were sent to Cirque du Soleil headquarters in Montreal, Canada where final scenic painting was completed before the pieces were added to the scenic elements of the tour currently on the road.

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