University Library Transforms Into Club

On most college campuses, Senior Week is simultaneously the most exciting and the most stressful time of the year. Between completing final projects, studying for exams, and preparing to enter the “real world,” graduating seniors have a lot on their plates. For many of them, balancing academic and career pursuits with a little bit of fun in their last weeks of school is the key to avoiding burnout.

Since 2014, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, has given its graduating class a proper send-off with an exciting night of dancing, refreshments and activities, all in a very familiar setting: the university library.

According to a Rutgers blog post, students have had a longstanding tongue-in-cheek joke about Alexander Library being a nightclub, especially during finals: “Sorry, I can’t go out tonight,” they’d say, “I’m spending the night at Club Alex.” Three years ago, the university brought Club Alex to life by turning the library’s reference room into a fully-functional nightclub – and they’ve been doing it ever since.

Hurricane Productions – whose co-founders Vincent Velasquez and Strato Doumanis are Rutgers alumni – has been involved with Club Alex since its inception. On May 11, they returned once again to help the graduating class of 2017 celebrate the end of their finals.

Under the guidance of producer and MC Robert Padovano, Hurricane pulled out all the stops for this year’s Club Alex with multiple rooms and DJs, each with its own unique flavor. As guests entered the library, they were greeted with music in the lobby played by DJ Alvin. From there, they could choose to party in the reference room with DJ Eddie for Top 40 dance mixes and early 2000s throwbacks, or in the room under the stairs with DJ Nate for Hip Hop and R&B. For students who wanted to relax and enjoy a drink, DJ Strato played upbeat lounge music in the Scarlet Lounge, a new addition for Club Alex 2017.

To set the mood in each room, Nick Nittoli (Scarlet Lounge) and Thomas Bishop (reference room) provided the lighting and sound elements, including a bliss lighting for the entrance and a variety of colored uplighting throughout the library. The lighting team even set up geysers that synced up with the music – whenever the beat dropped, Nick or Thomas would make sure the geysers went off, which enhanced the exciting nightclub environment.

 

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Audi Q5 Launch Event Ray Catena’s Casino Night – Freehold, NJ

If you really want to make an impression when you’re unveiling a new product to the world, you introduce it with an unforgettable launch party.

That’s exactly what Ray Catena – Audi in Freehold, NJ did on April 20 to celebrate the launch of the new Audi Q5. With the help of Hurricane Productions and MediaCutlet, the dealership transformed from a car showroom to a spectacular casino, complete with games tables, live entertainment, and even aerial acrobatics.

Vincent Velasquez and Strato Doumanis, co-founders of Hurricane and MediaCutlet, produced Audi Casino Night, and brought together the unique talents and assets of each company to make the event one to remember for staff and patrons of the dealership. The team built what they called the “Hurricane Canopy,” a large structure that allowed Hurricane’s lighting director Nick Nittoli to hook up purple full ballroom uplighting, strobe lights and CO2 jets for a club-style haze effect. On one wall of the dealership, Strato coordinated projection mapping to create a lit-up, electric environment like one might find in Las Vegas or Atlantic City.

“[We projected] the Audi logo, the Q5 launch commercial, and just some other animations and effects to make this place really come alive and look like a casino,” said Strato in a behind-the-scenes MediaCutlet video.

There was no shortage of entertainment during the event. In keeping with the casino theme, attendees could choose from casino-style games like blackjack, roulette and craps. Hurricane DJ Alvin Gay kept the music going in between sets of the live band that played throughout the evening, while an aerial silk performance artist wowed the crowd.

Austin King, media director of MediaCutlet, made sure the event was well-documented with the help of his videographer, Markus Robinson. In addition to capturing on-the-ground video, Austin flew a DJI Mavic Pro drone for great footage inside and outside the dealership.

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Ariyana’s Sweet 16 Cruise on The Cornucopia Destiny in Hoboken, NJ

April 15 was a night to remember for Ariyana Argawala, who celebrated her Sweet 16 on the scenic waters of New York and New Jersey. Ariyana’s family chartered Cornucopia Cruise Line’s luxurious Destiny yacht and invited her friends and relatives to set sail from Hoboken’s 14th Street Pier and celebrate her special day.

Blue was the color of the evening, as Ariyana’s two elegant dresses, cake, décor accents, and full ballroom uplighting all reflected the hues in the water. Hurricane Productions videographer Markus Robinson filmed the highlights of Ariyana’s cruise, while photographer Mike Slagter captured fun candids on the dance floor, as well as formal shots with the breathtaking New York City skyline and the Statue of Liberty as the backdrop.

DJ Nate Hawley and MC Robert Padovano got the party started and provided entertainment throughout the entire event. Guests of all ages danced the night away to the favorite tunes of Ariyana and her family. Hurricane’s lighting director Nick Nittoli arranged for Twin Totem lighting, uplighting, and a “Name in Lights” display to set the tone for the celebration, while a custom photo montage of the guest of honor played during dinner. Ariyana’s friends and family were also able to enjoy a fun open-air photo booth to create some memories of their own.

To have Hurricane Productions at your event, visit HurricaneProductions.com or call 888-393-7066.

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Samantha’s Indian-Inspired Elephant Sweet 16 at Excelsior in Saddlebrook, NJ

In ancient folklore and Indian mythology, an elephant with its trunk facing up signifies good luck and fortune. This symbolic elephant, a favorite of high schooler Samantha Demayo, became the focal point of the décor when she celebrated her Sweet 16 on April 7.

The Excelsior in Saddlebrook, NJ was transformed into an Indian-inspired wonderland for Samantha’s celebration. Samantha donned an elegant red and gold saree and beautiful henna body art for her special day. The ladies in her court, who also wore traditional sarees, were dressed in gold, blue and purple, while the rest of Samantha’s guests wore black, creating a visually stunning color contrast on the dance floor.

Hurricane Productions made sure that every aspect of the evening went off without a hitch. DJ Alvin Gay and MC Robert Padovano kept everyone on their feet, while photographer Mike Slagter captured portraits and candid shots of the guest of honor with her friends and family.

The red full ballroom uplighting and twin totem lights, coordinated by lighting tech Cameron Scarano, perfectly complemented Samantha’s red, white and gold color scheme. Samantha also opted for a custom animation based on her theme, which was displayed on 42″ TV screens for her guests to enjoy.

 

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Samantha & Michael’s Winter Wedding at The Graycliff, Moonachie

December may be a notoriously cold month in New Jersey, but on December 3, 2016, friends and family of Samantha and Michael Quinn felt the warmth of the couple’s love on their wedding day.

After their ceremony at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Hoboken, the newlyweds and their guests headed over to The Graycliff in Moonachie, NJ. Hurricane Productions ensured a spectacular evening by providing lighting, entertainment, photography and videography throughout the wedding.

To set the ambiance for their elegant affair, Samantha and Michael opted for blue full ballroom uplighting, twin totem lighting, and a custom Name in Lights display. A photo montage of the couple played on the TV screen as their friends and family enjoyed dinner. The open-air photo booth allowed guests to create their own memories as they celebrated with the new Mr. and Mrs.

Samantha and Michael’s guests were on the dance floor all night thanks to entertainment led by Hurricane co-founders, DJ Strato Doumanis and MC Vincent Velasquez (who grew up on the same street as the bride). Media director Austin King and videographer Corynn Egreczky documented the wedding on video – from the bridal party preparations and the ceremony to the fun-filled reception – and created a beautiful highlight reel of the day. Later in the evening, Corynn switched over to photographer and captured even more special moments shared by the happy couple and their loved ones.

To have Hurricane Productions at your event, visit HurricaneProductions.com or call 888-393-7066.

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