Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas will be ten years old! As founder Don Childs said “It’s all about the experience!” The seven-hundred and eighty-seven SILV alumni have come from 49 states (really – come on North Dakota!) and 47 countries. SILV 2016 aims to be better than ever, and if you are ready for your experience the schedule for SILV 2016 can be found at stagecraftinstitute.com/classes.
Another year, another action-packed summer at the Stage Institute of Las Vegas.
SILV 2015 included Digital Drafting, Valley of Fire, Automation & Special Effects, Carnival tour and Disneyland, Rigging, Technical Management, Lighting Technology & Audio, Fourth of July picnic, Previsualization, Design Charette, Movers, Media, and Rock n Roll, and August 1 Strike.
Here are a few statistics: one 23-hour-52 minute field trip, four catered meals, six backstage tours, seven staff members, seven talkbacks, eight weeks, 10 shows, 18 hours of shows, 37 hours in a van, 44 days of class, 54 instructors, 100 pounds of charcoal, 402 hours of class, 440 gallons of water, 120 students and instructors, 197 airport runs, 1,700 ham and cheese sandwiches, 1,702 assorted bags of chips, 2,800 miles to class and back, and 3,328 hotel nights including Extended Stay and South Point for SILV.
SILV 2016 is less than 300 days away! Stay tuned at stagecraftinstitute.com.
A 24-hour bus trip that included a full venue tour of the Carnival Cruise Lines’ The Miracle and a fast-paced tour of Disneyland Resort was a new addition to Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas’s (SILV) 9th season.
The opportunity to experience venues not available in Las Vegas was a challenge. Participants showed that techs make attentive and appreciative audiences members, too.
Jerry Tomlinson, technical services entertainment manager at the Disneyland Resort, said, “It was absolutely my honor and pleasure to have been given the opportunity to expose your students to our backstage magic. They were one of the most attentive groups and asked some of the most intelligent questions.”
Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas is proud of its partnership with KCACTF forged several years ago by Don and Jane Childs. Students of great potential are selected from all eight KCACTF regions each year to attend a week at SILV. Additionally, the eight regional finalists in the category of Allied Design and Technologies present their work at USITT, and the overall first place student is awarded a full 8-week scholarship at SILV. The experiences offered to KCACTF participants over the years has added greatly to the mosaic that has become known as the SILV.
As it prepares for another session in 2015, Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas (SILV) announced the latest additions to its offerings. Media Week has been wedged in between Movers and Consoles to produce a three-week experience known as The Block. SILV has expanded its rigging training to include mobile state rigging. Teams will be selected for shadow internships with 4Wall, and some teams will participate in a full production, live event in Vegas. The full program is at stagecraftinstitute.com with contact information and application forms. SILV has a limited number of tuition-waiver scholarships available. Recommendation inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. SILV is also scheduling interviews at USITT’s Stage Expo in Cincinnati!