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Bill Sapsis of Sapsis Rigging Entertainment Services, Inc. hosts the annual Stump the Riggers session. The responses are both informative and entertaining, and asking an interesting question can earn a prize. Mr. Sapsis, at right, is shown giving the prize honoring the late Jack Suesse at the 2010 event.

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Exhibitors Offer Sessions

Helen Willard
Stage Expo Sales Manager

In addition to exhibiting at Stage Expo, several companies sponsor programs at the conference. Here are brief descriptions of some of the sessions which will be presented by exhibitors in Charlotte.

Seeing in Color! Finding Your Way through Wonderland
Sponsored by Apollo Design Technology
For a lighting designer, the tools available to color light range from long-standing methods to rapidly emerging technologies. This panel discussion, composed of designers from a variety of live entertainment styles (including dance, theatre, and concerts), cuts through the confusion by offering the student and young designer valuable insights on the products available today for creating color that best complements the theme, story, or music.

Automation at Cirque du Soleil
Sponsored by Cirque du Soleil
PowerPoint and video will be shown to give examples of how automation is used throughout the company and the different levels it is used at each show. The purpose of the class will be to give an overall view of the automation department and how it operates.

Wardrobe at Cirque du Soleil
Sponsored by Cirque du Soleil
PowerPoint and video will be shown to give examples of how the Cirque wardrobe department operates, and how it incorporates hair and make-up, wigs, and crafts.

Military Post Theatres in Today's Society
Sponsored by InterAmerica Stage
Learn about theatres on military posts and their roles in today's society. Many are abandoned buildings, some are still used on military bases, and others are being renovated to serve local communities. In addition to the history of some military post theatres, discussion will include the stories of the theatres that are in use or are coming back to life.

A New Language for Color in Stage Lighting
Sponsored by Rosco
New manufacturing technologies require understanding and discussion about color for stage lighting in new ways. Until now, swatchbooks, RGB and CMY values, SED curves, and CIE charts have been used. The panel will clarify how to specify and get the desired colors from plastic filters, computer consoles, and color pickers.

How to Specify a Dance Floor so That Everyone Gets What They Expect
Sponsored by Rosco
Technical directors, dance directors, and department heads need to be on the same page when specifying a vinyl dance floor surface or a sub-floor. This panel of dance and technical theatre professionals will clarify the specification issues.

Stump the Riggers
Sponsored by Sapsis Rigging & Entertainment Services
This session is a perennial USITT favorite. A panel of industry experts invites you to take pot shots at them. Bring best (and worst) questions and try to stump these guys. Who knows? You could win a prize.

Disney Entertainment: on Land, Sea and Air
Sponsored by Walt Disney Entertainment
Explore how Disney Creative Entertainment celebrates its heritage while pushing the envelope in the design, production, and operation of shows in theme parks and cruise ships. This session will focus specifically on the life cycle of a project, from initial creative concept to the operational reality of the Disney show. Q & A session will follow the presentation.

Plan to go to Charlotte from March 9 to 12 for these and many other sessions.

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