In a quiet corner on the campus of Henry Ford Community College, a small group of teachers and students are working to create a new, high tech medium for live theatrical performance. Part Hollywood special effect, part traditional stagecraft, HFCC’s Virtual Theatricality Lab is the marriage of technology and performance art in a way that never has been done before.
Henry Ford Community College’s Virtual Theatricality Lab may redefine live theatrical performances with its production of stage play “Dinosaurus!”
The Theatricality Lab uses live virtual characters and scenery and combines them with stage actors.
“It’s like when 3-D first appeared or when sound first came out,” said George Popovich, director of Theater Arts and Director of the Virtual Theatricality Lab. “It’s a new modality of presentation.”
“Dinosaurus!” will begin showing in November.
Beginning Nov. 1, Henry Ford College's Virtual Theatricality Lab will immerse you and your family in a 3-D environment, complete with a 20-foot-tall Trex with the live children's stage play, Dinosaurus! Two sets of performances will be offered: one for the general public and one for elementary schools.
Reliability of Vicon motion capture technologies helps Henry Ford College's Virtual Theatricality Lab enhance the audience experience of its live stage performances
Vicon, the motion capture technology specialist for the life science, engineering and entertainment industries today announced that their mocap technology was used to create a dancing dinosaur for the live-action show, Dinosaurus! at Henry Ford Community College's Virtual Theatricality Lab (VTL). The family show runs from November 1 – 23, 2014.
Henry Ford Community College’s Virtual Theatricality Lab (VTL) is right in sync with recent entertainment pop cultural phenomena such as 3D stereo, Motion Capture, and the mass marketing of 3D televisions.
Joanna Uhrig won’t even break a sweat as her massive character moves across the stage in Dinosaurus!, a children’s play opening this weekend at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Michigan.
The Westland woman likely will be in the audience, hearing her voice, watching her moves and wearing 3-D glasses that will help bring her animated dinosaur character to life as it interacts with two live actors on stage.
When the T. rex sneezes, you'd better stand clear! Your pint-sized paleontologists will definitely be blown away by this cool chance to get up close and personal with all their favorite dinos. It's all part of the family-friendly 4-D show Dinosaurus! hitting the stage of the Adray Auditorium on the main campus of Henry Ford College on weekends from Nov. 1 through 23, 2014.
The Good Doctor, the current presentation of the Henry Ford College Theatre Arts Program (they’ve just recently dropped the word “Community” from their name), is a nicely rendered student production of a show that makes exceptional use of its old world roots and a modern day makeover. The old world roots come from the short stories of Russian author Anton Chekov. Writing in the latter half of the 19trh century, Chekov produced over 200 stories that stand head and shoulders with The Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard, his masterworks which have become classics of world theatre.