A Christmas Carol
A yearly production that includes a festival celebrating Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol helps bring the story about family, charity, and reconciliation to people of all ages in Tucson, AZ. The ASL and Audio Description teams of Arizona Schools for the Deaf & Blind joined Arts Express to provide entertainment and the telling of this tale to those with hearing or sight impairment.
This production relied heavily on strategic thinking and planning in order to accommodate for the needs of both the cast and orchestra. A 35-member cast and 11-piece orchestra helped make up this rather large production, considering its locality. With a limited number of wireless microphones (20 total; 12 Audio Technica ATW-R3100b's and 8 Sennheiser EW300G2s), several changes needed to occur during the production. To making this tracking and planning a lot easier, Arts Express invested in its own digital console, a Behringer X32. With this board, making DCA groups for individual characters throughout the show, became simple after planning mic changes and tracks for each individual. Not only did the X32 provide us with more flexibility in this, but also more freedom for routing, matrix bussing, interdependency of inserts (PreFade/PostFade, vocal reverb, ghost reverb), dynamics processing, EQ accuracy, and much more.
Mic Tracking & DCA Tracking
Asst. Sound Design/Engineering by Michael Tellez
Directed by Susan Stokes
Scenic Design by Mike Dunn
Lighting Design by Michael Sorenson
Costume Design by Megan Wiese
Photos by Ben Wiese