Woodinvile Washington Theater

Washington State School Discovers Daktronics Automated Rigging Advantage

BROOKINGS, S.D. – September 18, 2013 – Audiences in Woodinville, Wash., will experience their 2013 opening performances at the new Woodinville High School Theater equipped with Daktronics automated rigging system manufactured by Daktronics (Nasdaq – DAKT) of Brookings, S.D.

The new 450-seat theater was part of a multi-phased building and renovation project. The high school is included in Seattle’s Northshore School District, well-known for its excellence in theatre productions and already operating a performing arts center on one of its campuses. The challenge for the Woodinville school was how to equip the new facility: set it up for rehearsals and move to Northshore’s existing center for actual productions or provide the Woodinville drama club its own well-equipped stage.

The school chose the latter and equipped the stage with 21 Vortek Classic hoists and a Pro Series control system. “Like most schools, maximizing the efforts of technical directors is crucial. That’s where our Pro Series automated hoist system is a perfect fit,” recalled Mike Hyde, Daktronics rigging sales. “Our system can operate with minimal staff while still providing professional capabilities.”

K. Paul Lunstford, ASTC, LC, of PLA Designs was the consultant for the project. “We knew the intuitive Pro Series system with its safety interlocks and record of dependability made the Daktronics rigging equipment a good choice for the district, said Lunstford. “They could spend capital dollars rather than operating dollars and still create repeatable settings without the burden of extra staff.”    

Hjalmer Anderson, the TD at Northshore Performing Arts Center said, “We installed the new automated rigging system for safety sake. It is very efficient and has wonderful safety features built in. We were looking for a system that would take care of its rigging needs and the new Vortek system does that.”

About Woodinville High School

Located in a northeastern suburb of Seattle, Woodinville High School (grades 10-12) serves the eastern area of the Northshore School District. The WHS Theatre Company was founded in 1983 by Hjalmer Anderson. Under his leadership, Woodinville student performers were invited twice to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe in conjuction with the American High School Theatre Festival. Anderson retired in 2006, and Leslie Herlich led the program through the spring of 2013. The school’s theatre arts department is now led by Josh Butchart.