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Stage rigging seminar to be held at Sangamon Auditorium, UIS

December 18, 2007

Contact: Bryan Leonard, 217/206-8284, leonard.bryan@uis.edu

SPRINGFIELD – Sangamon Auditorium at University of Illinois at Springfield will host a hands-on stage rigging seminar on January 5 and 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

The seminar is designed for technicians, designers, teachers, students, and anyone interested in working in the arts.  During the two-day session, taught by rigging expert Jay Glerum, participants will learn about how to safely use a theatrical fly system.

Glerum is the well-known author of Stage Rigging Handbook, the only book on the design, care, and use of stage rigging.  Glerum regularly teaches classes on stage rigging throughout the US, Canada, and Europe.  He is the president of Jay O. Glerum & Associates, Inc., a firm specializing in theatre consulting, rigging inspections, and accident investigation for the entertainment industry. He is a Fellow of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) and is the recipient of the institute's International Health and Safety Award in 1992 and the Joel E Rubin Founders Award in 2001.

The seminar costs $120, which includes a copy of Glerum's book.  For more information or to reserve a space, call Todd Meyers at 217/206-8294 or Wes Abbott at 217/206-8293.  Participants should register in advance because space is limited to 45 people.

Sangamon Auditorium is located at the University of Illinois at Springfield and hosts more than 120 performances annually.  Also home to the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Springfield Ballet Company, it is the only auditorium of its kind and size in the Springfield area, with a seating capacity of 2,018.  Sangamon Auditorium continues to fulfill its mission of presenting and supporting varied cultural and educational professional arts activities to audiences in Springfield, Sangamon County, and the surrounding areas.  The auditorium administrative offices can be reached at (217) 206-6150 or by e-mail at onstage@uis.edu.



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