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Costume Symposium Stresses Characters

There is still time to sign up for the 2007 version of the USITT Costume Symposium. Costuming in the Entertainment Industry, to be held August 8 though 10 in Orlando, Florida, will allow participants an inside look into the process of costuming in themed entertainment.

A wide variety of panels and tours is planned to highlight this segment of the industry including special considerations; the process of creating, tracking, and caring for large costume inventories; the design process; how people are transformed into mice, ducks, bears, dogs, and other characters; and employment opportunities.

Professionals from area theme parks and entertainment venues including Walt Disney World, Cirque du Soleil, Universal Studios, Sea World, and Busch Gardens will present panels.

For full information or to register for the symposium, click here.

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ETCP Tests Go Nationwide, And No Wait

The Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) Council has announced that the ETCP Entertainment Electrician Examination is now available at computer centers around the United States and in Canada. All interested electricians are invited to apply today. Candidate information, including eligibility requirements and the application form, is available on the ETCP website at

As a result of new arrangements with its testing company, ETCP has eliminated quarterly deadlines for submitting applications for computer-based exams. Once an application has been submitted, it will be processed within a few weeks and the candidate can make arrangements to take the exam at one of 190 testing centers around the United States and in Canada.

If a candidate needs to take the test immediately, the application can be processed in as little as four business days for an additional charge.

Those with questions or needing further information -- such as Electrical Handbooks, Rigging Handbooks, application materials, or Test-Taking Tips -- can call Meredith Moseley-Bennett at 212-244-1505, e-mail, or visit

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