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Broadway Sound and Lighting Classes Announced

The ninth annual Broadway Lighting Master Classes (BLMC) will, for the first time, take place alongside the first Broadway Sound Master Classes (BSMC)

The ninth annual Broadway Lighting Master Classes (BLMC) will, for the first time, take place alongside the first Broadway Sound Master Classes (BSMC) on December 6-9, 2001. The BLMC will be held at John Jay College in New York City, while the BSMC will be held at SIR Studios in Manhattan.

Produced by Entertainment Design, the master classes include a performance of Chicago, followed by a backstage tour and in-depth discussion of the designs for Chicago. The classes offer attendees the opportunity to meet leading designers working in Broadway sound and lighting, as well as offering tips and techniques for successful design solutions, and insights into successful career management.

Abe Jacob, legendary sound designer, was brought onboard as creative consultant for the new BSMC. These master classes will offer these designers and their respective topics: Jacob on how sound became necessary in the theater, and budgets and management; Tom Clark and Mark Menard discussing sound as art and an idealized process for the creative use of sound design in the theater; Chris Cronin on preparing and executing the design; Chris Evans and Clark on touring sound packages and the expectations of the road house; Steve Kennedy examining design of a Broadway musical; Jonathan Deans looking at the design you may not have thought of; Duncan Edwards on preparing the system for optimization; John Kilgore on creating the proper sound effect today; and Deans on how to create that perfect effect eights time a week.

Tony Award-winning lighting designer Jules Fisher serves as creative consultant and head of the faculty for the BLMC. The schedule and faculty for this year’s BLMC include: the opening address by Fisher; Beverly Emmons on issues of style in lighting design; Chris Parry’s look at lighting paintbrushes; Peggy Eisenhauer on musical cueing and the use of moving lights; Donald Holder’s look at the use of ground rows; Wendall K. Harrington questioning projections and their use; an address by architectural lighting designer Paul Marantz of Fisher Marantz Stone; Vivien Leone on following the paper trail; and Richard Pilbrow on the European tradition.

All master class attendees are invited to join Entertainment Design for the 10th anniversary of the annual EDDY Awards on Friday, December 7 at the John Jay College Theatre. This year’s awards will once again honor excellence in design and technology for the entertainment industry.

Both the BLMC and BSMC will have showcases of leading technology displayed by leading manufacturers in the sound and lighting industry.

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