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Robe, ETC and Mitsubishi all star in new Sidney Stringer Academy Theatre

Robe's DigitalSpot 7000DT moving projectors, as well as Chroma-Q LED fixtures and a Yamaha LS9 digital console were all specified by A.C. Special Projects for the new Sidney Stringer Academy Theatre's lighting and audio solutions.

Sidney Stringer Academy (SSA), Coventry, is among the top one percent of performing schools in the UK. It offers a range of BTEC vocational courses, including Performing Arts and Music, for students aged 11-19. Its new multi purpose theatre was recently equipped with a comprehensive AV and lighting solution comprising Robe and Chroma-Q LED fixtures, and Mitsubishi’s XD8100U HD projector. With prior experience working with SSA, High Wycombe-based A.C. Special Projects (ACSP) was selected to assist with the new theatre project. ACSP’s Dave Cowan was enlisted as projected manager to work closely with SSA’s head of drama, Michael Collins. The new multi-purpose theatre stages full productions by SSA and can be hired by local community groups and organisations, with the venue permitting space for audiences between 60 and 150 persons who attened assemblies, lessons and performance work for its Drama & Theatre Arts and Music courses. Following the installation of a comprehensive Cat5 data network, ACSP installed the new series of IWBs with hot power and dimmed socket outlets, with custom facilities panels featuring a fully patchable dimmer, Socapex, VGA, DMX, audio and Ethernet outlets. Elsewhere, ceiling facilities panels were provided for two Robe DigitalSpot 7000DT moving projectors, which were fitted to allow the quick projection of video sources into different areas around the space. An existing Jands Vista T2 console controls Chroma-Q LED fixtures, ETC profiles and Robe moving lights. Selected for its power and simplicity, the T2 has been upgraded with the latest Vista v2 software and ACSP arranged re-training for staff and students, so they utilise the Vista v2’s many new and enhanced features. A new data patch rack in the control room enables distributed audio and data signals to be sent to and from the IWBs and facilities panels, while two new 24-channel Strand wall-mounting dimmers have been added. In addition ACSP specified a new Mitsubishi XD8100U HD projector and mounting cradle – separate from the DigiSpots – so the space can be used for cinema screenings, lectures and AV presentations. The existing KV2 audio system is now rigged in the theatre and has been boosted with additional KV2 EX12 full range speakers. This is mixed with a Yamaha LS9 digital console also sourced from ACSP. Collins comments: “It was reassuring to know that we could rely on all aspects and changing developments of the installation being handled smoothly and professionally…Our students’ excellent exam results and improved performance can be directly attributed to the benefits of having the use of an expertly designed and installed system.”