The seminar programme and training sessions covered a diverse range of topics
USA - PLASA's inaugural Kansas City Focus Show opened its doors this week showcasing the very latest live entertainment technology products, attracting major buyers and hosting truly inspirational industry speakers who shared their knowledge and expertise.

The seminar programme and training sessions saw a diverse range of topics with highlights including: Rocky Paulson - a master of rigging, sharing his expertise on the art of rigging safely with the right components; Daunte Kenner - a veteran in both lighting and video, enlightening the audience on the craft and workflow that goes behind creating video; and Richard Pilbrow - the renowned lighting designer and founder of Theatre Projects, sponsored by Group One's 'ElektraLite', musing that a theatre is an accelerator of energy and light and the principle that an audience makes the atmosphere before the play begins. He presented an insightful session on how these elements have influenced the changes and developments in modern theatre architecture.

Christopher Toulmin, director of events said, "PLASA prides itself on delivering outstanding educational content, promoting standards within the industry and creating an intimate and friendly regional platform for business, enabling qualified buyers to discover new technologies and integrations within the live entertainment marketplace."

Pamela Meadows from the University of Missouri Kansas enthused, "I attended nine seminar sessions and they were all great. I especially liked anything involving LED technology. I would definitely come back to a PLASA Show in the future."

"This is our first time visiting PLASA Focus," Corey Verdusco, president and CEO, Golden Road Entertainment Specialists added. "We love the small, regional event because we get to interact more with the exhibitors and presenters. We find networking is a lot easier than it is at the large shows."

Tobin Neis, director of marketing at Barbizon Lighting, who exhibited at the show supported this saying, "We spoke to multiple potential customers with immediate needs for upcoming projects and equipment needs we wouldn't have seen at larger shows because of travel budgets, or schedule conflicts. "

"There were many components to the PLASA Focus Kansas City show including showcasing the region's highlights with a truly inspiring tour of The Kaufman Centre for the Performing Arts focusing on the technical features the centre offers from world class rigging, lighting, acoustics and sound," adds Laura Hoepker, show manager NA, PLASA: "This was followed by RC4 Wireless and XS Lighting hosting a buzzing evening of networking with a Kansas City BBQ experience like no other."

The next major PLASA event will be the international flagship, PLASA Show London, taking place 4-6 October 2015. To find out more visit

(Jim Evans)

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