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Welcome Theatre Victoria

We welcome Theatre Victoria as a new Sustaining member of USITT. Based in Victoria, Texas, it is the resident company of the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts. Theatre Victoria produces musicals and plays as well as presents professional artists and companies to the regional communities, and supports theatre education. Theatre Victoria acts as facility manager, operator, and technical consultant for the Welder Center. To learn what's happening in Victoria, visit

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UT PAC Scene Shop Upgrades

USITT appreciates the University of Texas Performing Arts Center Scene Shop upgrading its level of support to that of a Sustaining member. The Performing Arts Center regularly presents in six venues: Bass Concert Hall, Hogg Memorial Auditorium, Bates Recital Hall, B. Iden Payne Theatre, McCullough Theatre, and the Oscar B. Brockett Theatre, named for one of USITT's Fellows and honored members.

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TOMCAT USA Helps Complete Church

Earlier this year, TOMCAT USA completed a project with Texas Scenic for the Houston Baptist Church. TOMCAT fabricated two connected truss circles designed to hang over a cross in the sanctuary like two halos. The circles were hard wired internally for lighting and future expansion and the truss had to be covered on three sides.

The project included design considerations to support a projection screen hung from the structure, and support frames were designed and fabricated for nine plexiglas acoustic reflectors (provided by Texas Scenic).

For more information, contact TOMCAT's web site at

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Wybron Launches Net-IT, Adds Hudgins

Wybron, Inc., a leader of entertainment, houses of worship and architectural lighting technology, launched the Net-IT PS600 at LDI 2007 held in Orlando, Florida, and announced the promotion of Dusty Hudgins to sales manager.

The Net-IT PS600 is a 600 watt, 24 volt power supply for Wybron products and other popular lighting accessories. The Net-IT PS600 receives DMX via DMX over Ethernet protocols and acts as an Infotrace Gateway, providing all the benefits of RDM to the devices powered from it.

The Net-IT PS600 has two standard DMX outputs, making it a network node as well. It features an LCD display of user settings, the IP address, and the protocol used.

Mr. Hudgins will be responsible for the day-to-day management of Wybron's sales force and will assist Wybron dealers and customers with their questions and issues. He has been involved with lighting design projects since 1978 and joined Wybron in 2005 as a regional manager covering the Southeast and Western United States. Mr. Hudgins has a broad background of lighting design and direction experience on Broadway, houses of worship, video, sporting events, and trade shows. Previous to joining Wybron, Mr. Hudgins was an account executive with High End Systems and president of the entertainment division of Bankston-Hudgins & Associates. Before that, he was assistant lighting designer and director for Willie Nelson.

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Theatre Projects Opens Three Facilities

September was an exciting month for the team at Theatre Projects Consultants (TPC) with the opening of three major projects: the Auditorio Telmex (September 1), the Tempe Center for the Arts (September 8), and the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (September 15). TPC collaborated on the design, planning, and equipment specifications for all three facilities providing services from programming through construction. With a diverse set of requirements and functions, each of these new facilities meets specific needs for these growing communities.

These new facilities are only the beginning in a series of openings for Theatre Projects before the end of the year. A new visual and performing arts center at River Campus for Southeast Missouri State University (Cape Giradeau) celebrated its opening on homecoming weekend on October 20th. On October 22, the Philadelphia Theatre Company kicked of its inaugural season in the Suzanne Roberts Theatre. The Cleveland Institute of Music welcomed the opening of its new recital Hall, Mixon Hall, on November 11. Finally, the renovation of the Stanley Theatre (Utica, New York) will usher in a new chapter in its 77-year history late this fall.

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Stage Technologies Assists Witches

In a story of desire, seduction and scandal, three female protagonists impressively display their magical powers, actually provided by Stage Technologies' stage automation. The audience can anticipate something special is about to occur as the three Witches of Eastwick's feet begin to lift from the stage floor. Encouraged by their mysterious, charismatic seducer, Darryl Van Horne, the witches -- Alex, Sukie and Jane -- rise into the air, fly out above the audience, and prompt applause.

Stage Technologies again worked with Toho Co Ltd's Theatrical Division to create the flying effects for Japan's third production of The Witches of Eastwick. Nine BigTow winches were installed by Stage Technologies to achieve the flying effect. Each performer is flown by a group of three winches.

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