All Access Stage a "Grand Slam" at the Agassi Foundation Benefit

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On the evening of October 6, the rolling set and stage provided by All Access Staging and Productions wowed the glamorous crowd that raised over $9 million for charity at the Andre Agassi Foundation's 12th Grand Slam for Children.

On the night of October 6th, the floor of the MGM Grand Garden Arena was enveloped in splendor as an elegantly attired crowd enjoyed flutes of champagne, eagerly awaiting the commencement of Andre Agassi's 12th Grand Slam for Children. The rolling stage and set provided by All Access Staging and Productions proved to be the ideal solution for an impressive and diverse line-up of talent, including Tony Bennett, Jerry Seinfeld, George Wallace, the Goo Goo Dolls, Matchbox 20, Hall and Oates, and Carlos Santana.

All Access is no stranger to this high-profile event, which Agassi describes as not just a concert "but a movement." In fact, Technical Producer Robert Achlimbari has been involved in the production of the benefit since its inception in 1995 and is familiar with the problems that arise when confronted with a dynamic, large-scale event.

"The scale of the production is impressive even by current arena show standards," explains Achlimbari. "After many conversations with Production Manager Ed Wannebo, it was clear the only way to accommodate the five bands scheduled to perform was to use a 56' turntable supplied by All Access, which was placed on a 90' wide by 80' deep stage. This year we had a shortened load-in period, so I decided to make the majority of the stage roll so that the turntable could be assembled on the stage and then moved in to position. This in itself was no small feat--rolling the entire structure required all twenty local stage hands present plus a gentle nudge from a forklift or two."

Of course, the production would have never been realized without the hard work and dedication of Executive Producer Julie Walther or the artistic genius of Creative Director & Lighting Designer Steve Cohen. Cohen and his team at Steve Cohen Productions were responsible for both the lighting and the video content that fed the visually stimulating Screen Works backdrop. This backdrop was comprised of eight panels of soft LED separated by seven panels of low resolution video. The contrast between these panels proved both striking and innovative and provided a dazzling ambiance for the patrons and performers who raised over $9 million that evening for the Agassi Foundation.

To top it all off, the sound system was provided by Clair Soundworx, lighting was supplied by PRG Lighting, and truss and motors were supplied by SGPS.

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Clive Forrester
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