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Midwest Plans Backstage Kooza Tour

On Saturday, July 12, Midwest Regional Section members and their guests will be able to go backstage at Kooza, one of Cirque Du Soleil's touring shows, while it is playing in Chicago. Participants will have a chance to see up close the unique way Cirque sets up in the parking lot of Chicago's United Center and is able to completely control the performance and audience environment.

Heads of departments who can be available will be there to talk about their respective departments on the show with a chance to talk with participants as well. The program will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with time for a late lunch before the 4 p.m. performance. Although the program date is close, there may still be space available for the tour; however, tickets for the performance may not be available. Contact Steve Jacobs at with questions.

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HOA Plans Master Class, Workshops

Heart of America Regional Section announces Fall 2008 Master Class and Workshops September 13 and 14 at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas.

Saturday will feature John Ezell, noted designer and subject of a special exhibit at the 2007 USITT Stage Expo, speaking about his career and work. Mr. Ezell has designed for Broadway, the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Tony Award-winning Crossroads Theatre and Cincinnati Playhouse, Roundabout, Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, Swedish Riksteatern, and the Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm, Sweden.

The day will conclude with a backstage tour and production of Les Miserables at Kansas City's Starlight Theatre. Sunday will offer workshops on projections and virtual scenery by Kansas University's Mark Reaney, the Ion Lighting console and moving fixtures, faux marble painting, using Sketch-Up as a modeling tool, and a brief business meeting. Click here for more information and reservations.

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Workshops, Changes for Desert State

Fun in the Sun! Okay the Mountains. The Desert State Regional Section will be presenting two workshops for the price of one: Simplified Screenprinting 101 with Gail Wolfenden-Steib and Creating Shapes with Foss Material by Cat Dragon. Both workshops will be presented on Sunday August 17 at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. For registration or more information, contact jimmiebyrd@msn.

The ballots have been tallied for this year's board election and the results are: Chair, Fran Sutherland; Second Vice-Chair, Laurie Kincman; Secretary, Eric Johnson; and Member-at-Large, Ric Alpers.

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