Orbital Sound has been going through its busiest ever panto season, working on nearly 30 shows across the UK during December 2012 and January 2013.
All of the rental company’s new Yamaha CL5 consoles have been in use, forming a key component in the firm’s comprehensive sound equipment and support service for some of the UK’s top winter shows.
To cope with the record demand, Orbital has also augmented its hire equipment with another 220 channels of Shure radio microphones, as well as a new TheatrePro E-60MP low profile earset and L-45 lavalier microphones. The compact d&b audiotechnik T-Series loudspeakers have been playing an important role as well.
“This has been an outstanding season, with the top pantomimes bucking the economic trend and performing strongly in box office terms," said Orbital Sound managing director Chris Headlam. "It is one of our busiest times of year, with clients depending on Orbital to provide the total sound solution, from sound design through to every last piece of the systems package.
"Dependability is very much the key to our approach, and this is why the Yamaha CL5 console sits at the heart of our rental sound systems for the panto season. It is easy to use, and does exactly what it says on the tin, day after day. It really is a powerful workhorse, and is proving the validity of our investment. Our clients demand the best – we are working with some extremely big name stars, and the emphasis is on providing a top quality professional sound that delivers every night.”
Orbital’s clients include Qdos Entertainment and First Family Entertainment – two of the world’s leading pantomime producers – with the schedule taking in venues such as the 2,500-seat Bristol Hippodrome, Liverpool Empire, Nottingham Theatre Royal, and Birmingham Hippodrome. Qdos Entertainment estimates that its line-up of shows alone has attracted more than 1.5 million theatre-goers during the 2012/2013 season – highlighting the economic importance of the festive box office revenues.
Picture: Qdos Entertainment's Robinson Crusoe & the Caribbean Pirates at Birmingham Hippodrome.
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