Stratford, Ontario, CAN (November 10, 2016)—When the Stratford Festival recently staged the classic musical A Chorus Line, it marked the first time that the show had been presented anywhere with a thrust stage. With the actors’ costumes of leotards and t-shirts providing little in the way of camouflage for miking, the production opted to use Lectrosonics SSM super slight micro transmitters, hidden on the performers.
Sound designer and theatre consultant Peter McBoyle was a beta tester for the SSM transmitters when they were first introduced last year, and opted to use them for this show: “We chose the SSM because it really addresses the needs of the theatre market in terms of performance, sound quality and discreet size. I beta-tested the transmitters when they were introduced last year, and having them perform so well on this production of A Chorus Line is really proof of concept.”
More than 50 channels of wireless were used for the Stratford production of A Chorus Line. With 19 people in the cast who never leave the stage and no intermission during the show, two transmitters were used on each performer for redundancy.
“In a show like this, the ability to perform properly is at risk of being compromised by a lav mic element getting saturated with sweat or having hair covering it. So we made the decision here to double-pack the main cast of performers in case a backup was needed, since they never leave the stage,” said McBoyle. “As we were confronted with having to hide two transmitters on each performer instead of one, size was a huge priority. The SSM transmitters were chosen for their compact size and superior sonic quality.”