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Entertainment Production Students Hard At Work On Spring 2017 Events

The Entertainment Production students at Husson University take full advantage of the school’s Gracie Theatre. Each semester, they get multiple opportunities to sharpen their skills in a practical setting by actively “teching” over a dozen productions. As a presenting house, the Gracie is an excellent venue for our EP Students to apply the classroom to the workplace.  Their training in Stage Lighting, Production Management, Technical Direction, CAD  and Scenic Construction  (to name just a few skills) is given a chance to grow and mature, working alongside industry professionals.

This Spring semester offers a challenging variety of productions. Each month, Entertainment Production, in partnership with NESCom’s Video Production and Live Sound programs produce four episodes of a Maine-based late night talk show. The Nite Show with Danny Cashman features a set constructed by the EP program specifically for the Gracie Theatre. EP students handle all of the theatrical demands of the show, from scenery to lighting to talent wrangling. It is a great opportunity to use the full range of EP training.

Early in the semester, on Feb. 10, the theatre hosted a traveling puppet show, Kaytek the Wizard, based on the book by Janusz Korczak and created by master Puppeteer, Brian Hull. The EP Crew assisted Mr. Hull with his performance which features specialized projections and lighting in addition to his internationally famous puppetry.

What’s Going On? – The Marvin Gaye Experience

What’s Going On? – The Marvin Gaye Experience

On March 31, the EP students will work a touring production of What’s Going On? – The Marvin Gaye Experience. Their duties will include the lighting requirements as well as the stage set ups. In past years, students have worked similar tribute concerts such as The Michael Jackson Experience and Almost Elton John. The theatricality and exciting music make these productions rewarding experiences.

April is always the busiest month for the EP Student. Production follows production, non-stop.  This Spring, the EP students will assist The Husson University Theatre, a student-run activities club, to produce John Cariani’s Almost Maine on April 7 – 9. EP provides and supervises all of the technical demands for this production. Later in the month, the EP Crews will load in and tech a touring musical, Disenchanted (an irreverent and not-for children take on Disney Princesses) on April 22.

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A week later, they will mount a production of You’re a Good man, Charlie Brown, which is a product of the Musical Theatre Performance class and several independent student practicums. The EP students will have worked on this production all semester, designing and producing all of the technical elements, and presenting the final product in the Gracie Black Box Theatre (our experimental workshop facility) on April 28-30.

The school’s commitment to professionalism and industry driven training drives every aspect of it curriculum. These and other on-going productions help the Entertainment Production degree program fulfill their part of the NESCom motto: “Ready to Work. Day One!”.

NESCom Alum Visciano Included In Adele Grammy Wins

NESCom Audio Engineering alum Joe Visciano spent Sunday night attending the 59th annual Grammy awards in Los Angeles, CA. Visciano was included in the Adele’s nominations for Album and Record of the year, which won both categories.

During the acceptance speech for Album of the Year, you can spot Visciano on stage with engineers, mixers, and producers who had a hand in the album’s creation.

NESCom Students Win 2017 BEA Festival Of Media Arts Awards

The Broadcast Education Association, a national organization that works to promote and educate student-operated media has announced their 2017 Festival of Media Arts winners. WHSN 89.3, the radio station here at Husson University has been selected as a winner of two awards in the Comedy/Drama and PSA/Promo categories.

Comedy or Drama Category
1st Place: Students of the New England School of Communications at Husson University, New England School of Communications at Husson University; Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery & Imagination 2016

2nd Place: Cole DeWispelare, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Ticking

3rd Place (tie): Marti Vaughan, University of Nebraska at Omaha; The Shining Aftermath

3rd Place (tie): Faiza Azam, Masood Malhi & Rafy ur Rahman, University of the Punjab, Pakistan; The Drying Village

 

PSA, Promo or Commercial Category
1st Place: JD Hershberger, Goshen College; Goshen Theater Promo Series

2nd Place: Owen Miller, New England School of Communications at Husson University; It Could Happen To You

3rd Place: Eugene Cephas, Jocelyn Bell & Benjamin Googman, Austin Peay State University; What’s That Gas?

Award of Excellence: Riley Irving & David Cohen, Ithaca College; City Rhythms Promo Award of Excellence: Nick Herrick, Adam Rogers & Kyra Biscarner, Marshall University; WMUL Car Bash Promo

Award of Excellence: Lyle Kwiatkowski, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Bubbles the Unemployed Clown

Award of Excellence: Tyler Cooper, University of Southern Indiana; Halloween Giveaway

 

The awards will be given out during the 2017 BEA Festival of Media Arts April 22 – 24, 2017 at the 
Las Vegas Westgate Hotel & Casino. For more information on the BEA and the Festival of Media Arts, visit http://www.beafestival.org

NESCom Video Production To Host Filmmaking Workshop With Travis Trudell

Travis Trudell

Travis Trudell

The Video Production department at the New England School of Communications of Husson University will host a free filmmaking workshop with Travis Trudell on February 22nd, 7pm at the Gracie Theatre.

Trudell has worked in the camera and lighting department for many notable movies including The Social Network, Manchester by the Sea, The Town, Shutter Island and Ghostbusters.

The audience will be welcome to ask questions after a visual presentation about set etiquette, safety, and professional lighting techniques. Trudell is well known for his accessible teaching style and friendly sense of humor. Please join us for a fun and informative evening about making a living through the art and craft of filmmaking.