TEA Connect Blog

19 September 2017

Journey to ROCKTOPIA! TEA Eastern Division visits Woodstock

New York State - On a summer Saturday in August, members of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) gathered in New York City, then ventured upstate to the Museum at Bethel Woods, at the famous site of the 1969 Woodstock music festival. 

At the Museum, our band of 13 were treated to an insider’s tour of the vibrant exhibits, followed by a performance of ROCKTOPIA, a classical revolution with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic.

Report and photos by Trent Oliver, Blue Telescope - Click to see more photos

The Museum at Bethel Woods is part of the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, an active arts and education center. It is a place of pilgrimage for fans of the historic Woodstock music festival that took place at Yasgur's Farm, and the counterculture movement of the era.

Our August 12, 2017 excursion was organized by the TEA Eastern North America Division, with sponsorship support from Blue Telescope and upLIGHT Design. Trent Oliver of Blue Telescope and Michael Stiller of uPLIGHT Design helped lead the tour.

This ROCKTOPIA event was enjoyed by a small but mighty group including William and Natalie Gorlin from McLaren Engineering, plus attendees from City Theatrical, CC&A, Future Colossal, and 4Wall Entertainment. 

En masse, the group rocked out into the night! ROCKTOPIA is a unique, live concert experience celebrating a fusion of classical music, classic rock and opera with original and one-of-a-kind musical arrangements – pairing Mozart and Handel with music by U2 and The Who and many more.

Before the concert, our group was treated to a pre-concert dinner with the performing artists.

Dinner was followed by a backstage tour with Stiller, showing upLIGHT's projection and lighting design work for the international ROCKTOPIA tour. 

The TEA Eastern Division, which covers the eastern half of North America, has enjoyed a full calendar of events this year with more to come.

Looking ahead to the remainder of 2017, gatherings include:

"Our geographic Division of TEA has been growing rapidly in membership, and we're pleased to offer a wide range of events throughout the year and throughout the region we serve, which is rich in destination parks (Florida), urban centers of theatre and museums (NYC, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago and more) regional parks and

TEA Eastern Division
President Scott Gill,

architectural heritage (Midwest) and a great deal more," says Eastern Division Board President Scott Gill of ThemeWorks, Inc. "Many thanks to everyone who helped make the ROCKTOPIA event a reality, including the host venue, the sponsor companies, Division volunteers and the attendees."


Posted by Judy Rubin



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