The 2020 Monte Awards
While uncertainties arose during the COVID-19 pandemic, Arts Express changed gears, with the intention of still putting on a show for the annual High School Musical Theatre Finals in Tucson, AZ, also known as "The Monte Awards."
Originally to be a live performance showcased in the historic Fox Theatre downtown, Arts Express explored the possibility of bringing the show to their loyal audience through an online streamed event. Using YouTube, and the aid of Total Lighting Support and NoAudience Live Entertainment, The Monte Awards were streamed using broadcast-grade equipment. In order to maintain safety protocol and social distancing, only the finalists were to be present in the live room and studio.
With a mixture of live performance and pre-recorded video, our 2-hour program showcased some of Tucson's most talented high school students singing selections from notable Broadway hits. As the mixing engineer and music arranger, my main focus was to provide exceptional sound and seamless transition to be produced in real-time to over 1800 viewers.
Produced by Karen Wiese and Arts Express
Directed by Chris Will and Chach Snook
Stage Managed by Mary Davis
Show Control and Video Editing by Ben Wiese
Technical Direction by Mike Dunn
Lighting, Video, and Audio Equipment supplied by Total Lighting Support, Q-mmunications, and Arizona Pro Sound, Inc.
Live Stream supported by NoAudience Live Entertainment