A weekend of hands-on technical training sessions will be held in New York City on Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29, immediately following the 9th annual Broadway Lighting Master Classes. The courses are organized by ESTA's Training and Seminars commitee, part of the association's ongoing technical training effort. All proceeds from these events will go to ESTA.

On Saturday June 28, beginner-level hands-on training on the Whole Hog III console will be held at High End's New York facility. Limited to just eight students, this intensive day-long session is taught by Vickie Clarborne, training specialist for High End Systems. The cost of the class is $190 with a small breakfast, box lunch, and soda break included.

On Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29, WYSIWYG intensive training will be taught in the Fordham University Theatre by Ben Sanford, WYSIWYG Product Manager for ETC. This two-day course is limited to twenty students: one student per computer. The cost is $495 and includes the special WYSIWYG Report – Student Edition as developed by Cast Lighting, as well as a small breakfast, box lunch, and soda break included.

The special version of WYSIWYG Report is designed specifically for university- and college-level students interested in professional lighting. Student Edition is a fully functional copy of WYSIWYG Report for students to use in their studies and university productions. The student dongle is fully upgradeable to any other WYSIWYG-family product. This is a $120 value included in the cost of the course.

The sponsors for these special training sessions include ESTA, High End Systems, ETC, Cast Lighting, Lighting Dimensions, Entertainment Design, and Big Apple Institute.

For additional information and registration information contact: Patrick O'Rourke at (212) 226-0925 or patrick@balny.com.