Bays Mountain Planetarium announces new show

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KINGSPORT - The Planetarium Department at Bays Mountain Park is pleased to announce their latest show creation, "A Part of the Sky Called Orion."

The program is great for all ages, but best for seven-year-olds and up.  The fascinating sky lore show looks at how three different ancient cultures saw the same part of the sky we know as Orion, the Hunter.  The cultures highlighted are Greek, Egyptian, and Inupiaq.  

With a unique twist, it does so from the point of view of a person from that era and culture.  The show was co-written by Heather Fries and Adam Thanz.  The original art elements came from three ETSU students; Justin Doak, Pedro Flores, and Mikaela Minihan.  Most of the voices came from ETSU professors; Herb Parker, Pat Cronin, and Lise Cutshaw.  

The music and audio came from Bays Mountain planetarian Jason Dorfman.  Full-dome production and direction was headed up by Adam Thanz.  "A Part of the Sky Called Orion" is Bays Mountains Planetarium's third in-house full-dome production for its new state-of-the-art theater.  It also includes the use of a Zeiss ZKP-4 optical star projector for a stunningly realistic nighttime sky.

Bays Mountain Park Planetarium theater uses a new and exciting visual experience called full- dome.  If you haven't seen it before, it provides hemispherical motion imagery that is above and around you.  Coupled with an optical star projector and custom 6.1 surround sound audio, it is an amazing adventure for all.  To produce these shows requires anywhere from three months to over a year depending on the complexity of the program.  Bays Mountain Park Planetarium is proud to be one of only a few dozen facilities in the world that create this type of content.  Most of these facilities are private media companies and are not planetariums.

This exciting program is slated to start this weekend (March 19, 2011) and run through the end of May, 2011.

Shows are at 1, 2, & 4 p.m. Sat. & Sun. and 4 p.m. Tues.-Fri.

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