Daktronics Inc. of Brookings, SD provided Stage Entertainment of Hamburg, Germany, with four ProStar® video displays designed to intensify the background of the stage for the Dirty Dancing musical. Audiences are currently enjoying the musical at the Theatre Neue Flora in Hamburg, Germany. The LED display is the only curved model of its kind in the world and was developed specially for Dirty Dancing.

The ProStar® video display is curved to fit a circular piece of the stage that moves up and down and can turn around. The two midsections slide to the back and side open like a door. This action occurs approximately 68 times during the daily show.

“We are very pleased with the reliability of the system,” says Martin Siebler, technical project manager of Stage Entertainment. “We are further delighted with the ability of Daktronics to produce a custom design for this show with the curved elements and an external power rack placed below the stage to avoid any noise.”

The ProStar® video displays are used to show film clips for special scenes such as a river and for background content. Over 23 different photos are exchanged in the course of the show. All landscape images are originals, taken in the US, used in conjunction with other lighting and projection effects as the central media elements on the stage.

The onstage displays feature 4.4 trillion color capability. When all four screens come together they have an impressive viewing area of approximately 10’ x 25’, with a high-resolution 0.39” center-to-center pixel spacing. “We are very excited about our relationship with Stage Entertainment and enhancing the viewing experience for the people who come to see the musical,” says Rolf Bauer, Daktronics regional sales representative for Germany. “These new displays will truly bring the Dirty Dancing musical to an all new entertainment level for their patrons.”

ProStar® technology, HD-ready and available only from Daktronics, uses the latest in red, green and blue (RGB) LED technology to present live and recorded video images, colorful animation and vivid graphics with incredible brightness and wide angle visibility.