Friday, January 28, 2011

Kid Rock's Touring Set

Gary Musick Productions spread our creative wings a bit over the last few weeks having just finished the touring set pieces for Kid Rock’s Born Free touring set. The design was commissioned by our friends at Accurate Staging and featured the American Bad Ass eagle logo as well as two 24 foot long Winchester rifles that are flown over the stage.

Thanks to our Scenic Shop artists that included Keith Tucker and Dean Tomasek, technical design by Eric Cardwell, and carpentry and project oversight by Phil Barnes.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Tennessee Governor's Inauguration

Gary Musick Productions is proud to have been engaged by Tennessee governor-elect Bill Haslam's Inaugural committee to provide production design for the recent inauguration. Led by producer Bert Hensley, the GMP design and scenic operations team put together a production design plan that "raised the bar" for future inaugurations.

Working under severe weather conditions the week of the inauguration, the GMP team implemented the design plan, which offered a modern take on the traditional Tennessee flag as the inspiration. Another component of the design was to create a look that built upward starting at the front of the stage with a tri-star custom stage wrap, up to a sleek lectern with the state seal, a three-tiered seating configuration, a backdrop behind the stage, and a “waving” flag, all framed by the Tennessee State Capitol.

The photos below show the stage set from a few different angles, including an aerial shot taken from atop the First Tennessee building. In addition to the Inauguration, GMP provided the d├ęcor for the Inaugural Ball, held at Gaylord Opryland. GMP would like to thank the Haslam Inaugural 2011 team for allowing us the opportunity to participate in this historical event.

Monday, January 17, 2011


One of the most memorable experiences in our business is to create and install entertainment productions for new, state of the art, 5-star cruise ships. For the past 2 weeks, our GMP team has been in Genoa, Italy, doing just that for our new client, Oceania Cruises. Oceania is about to launch the MARINA, an amazing new 1200-guest cruise ship that will be making its inaugural voyage from the shipyard at Genoa later this week. The Marina is a beautiful vessel with elegant appointments and incredible experiences and destinations awaiting its guests. Following the launch of the MARINA, we will be installing new productions on Oceania's other 3 existing ships - the REGATTA, INSIGNIA, and NAUTICA. Needless to say, its going to be a busy spring!

New-builds are full of excitement, long hours, waiting for shipments to arrive, and construction challenges. We’ve experienced all that with the Marina. After days of patient waiting, last night we had sound, lights, costumes, and the band for the first time since arriving on January 3rd. We’re finally making great progress and our 6 new productions are coming to life! This is our sixth new-build, so we’re accustomed to the stress and chaos. Because as we’ve seen in past, the end result is worth it! Here are a few shots from the past 2 days.

Technicians have been working long hours to complete the lighting and sound systems in the theater.

A shot of the aft end of the ship bearing her name "MARINA".

This is the theater still under construction. Wide aisles and comfortable seating will make entertainment productions even more enjoyable for guests!

This is a shot of Bruce Stegmann and David Patton heading to the "office". The shipyard is full of hundreds of workers from around the world (literally) putting the finishing touches on MARINA. She's going to be beautiful!