Snoopy Rocks, Cedar Point live entertainment boss interviewed

Posted Wednesday, July 24, 2002 4:42 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Guide to The Point has posted an interview with live entertainment vice president Marje Cronenwett, where she describes the year-round effort to produce Cedar Point's shows and the influence of Knott's Berry Farm for Halloweekends.

GTTP also has a pictorial from "Snoopy Rocks on Ice," the new production appearing in the former IMAX theater.

Link: Guide to The Point

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 8:47 PM
Did they just change the IMAX theater to an ice arena? If you ask me that is a big change!

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 5:49 AM

Todd, your right, it was a major change. They took a few rows out up front and added an ice rink/stage, not to mention a ton of lighting and a new sound system. The show is definately a first class production. I've seen it three times and have enjoyed it each time. The one thing that surprised me was that they didn't automate the doors between the waiting area and the theater.

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 7:02 AM

None of the lighting is permanent stuff, but they did buy electric fly equipment for the lights (at least the front-of-house stuff). As mentioned in the interview, they rent the lights.

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 7:41 AM
Actually, the lighting equipment for Snoopy Rocks was purchased, minus Automation (the moving lights) and some small accessories. We do rent most everything for the other shows in the park from Conventional lights to Automation to Dimming and Control.

So in a part Marje was correct that we rent a large portion of our lighting for the summer, but we were very fortunate to be able to make a large lighting purchase for the Ice Show.


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Thursday, July 25, 2002 7:52 AM

That makes sense to me, seeing as how you could lump it in with the cap ex used for the building renovation. I personally don't think I'd want to outright buy automated lights because there seems to be something new every year.

I didn't get a very close look... what automated instruments are being used on that show?

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 8:03 AM
You are right. I would not like to purchase Automation for many reasons. The formost is the fact that Cedar Point really does not have the ability to maintain them during the off season. The moving lights get a lot of abuse over the course of the summer with the huge amount of shows during a short period of time.

All of the shows are using High End Studio Spots, with custom patterns and color. The are a good work-horse, though not the best units on the market. The ice show has 10 units, the Garter 2, the Palace 6 and Centennial has 8.

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 9:43 AM

They're good people. I spent some time with them at IAAPA in 2000. Funny how many of their products are exactly the same on the inside with different shells, lenses and motion components. (We were going to do a feature on them regarding the architectural lighting they've been doing, a la Millennium Force, but they were a no-show to IAAPA 2001.)

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 12:07 PM
Yes the High End people are good people. It is amazing how all of their products are very similar. It is great to have technology!

A feature on them would be nice, I do know that they have been very busy over the last year with the Olympics and I am sure that would explain why they were not at IAAPA this past year. Hopefully we will see them this fall.

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