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Singers, fittingly, put on a show

March 11, 2011

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Singers, fittingly, put on a show

Its members create spectacles for a living, so it was fitting that a surprise spectacle kicked off the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology's 2011 national conference Thursday at the Charlotte Convention Center.

The local Arts & Science Council sprang four singers from Opera Carolina on the unsuspecting crowd waiting to enter the expo floor. It was part of a series of "random acts of culture" that began last August, funded by a $30,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

About 4,000 theater arts workers - lighting designers, sound designers, scene designers, costume designers and more - are expected to attend the 51st annual conference through Saturday. This is the USITT's first time in Charlotte.

Exhibits feature demonstrations and product displays by a wide variety of companies - from rigging companies that develop systems that make performers appear to soar above stages, to special effects manufacturers that create monster masks.

Said David Will, a Penn State University administrator who is vice president of conferences for the USITT: "What we learn here we can take back to our workplaces in order to improve the quality of the productions that are produced in all of our theaters."

By Théoden Janes The Charlotte Observer

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