She Loves Me
An overall cute story about two people who don't realize their deep connection, She Loves Me showcases the consequences of assumption, and the beauty of realization and admittance to mistakes. With a cast of 23 and a 10-piece orchestra, this production required some special attention to detail, both in the design of the system, its efficiency, and the overall sonic signature of the show.
The situation of this production was rather unique. For example, the orchestra was placed behind the set, cutting off almost all backstage crossing from SL to SR. This also produced an interesting challenge when it came to controlling the orchestra's level over the actor's dialogue and singing. However, with the use of a moveable set, the orchestra was concealed visually, with only minor issues in containing the spill of stage volume into the house.
This show traveled to Saddlebrook, AZ (about one hour from our home venue, The Berger Performing Arts Center in Tucson) and did a show for one night in the middle of the run, as an attempt to broaden the overall coverage of Arts Express. Because of this, and because of limitations in equipment availability, the main parts of the system (sound board, wireless mics rack, cabling, etc.) needed to be easily struck and set back up within little time a multitude of times. In fact, it needed to be so organized that I myself (the one-man-sound-crew) could set up and tear down by myself.
Directed by Chris Will
Scenic Design by Mike Dunn
Lighting Design by Michael Sorenson
Costume Design by Megan Wiese
Photos by Ben Wiese