Pigeon Forge, TN (November 25, 2003)–To meet the sonic and aesthetic demands of some of country music’s greatest legends, and the thousands of visitors who flock to see them, Dollywood Theme Park’s Celebrity Theater has recently installed Impulse 2652 loudspeakers by Architectural Acoustics. The application is a unique one, in which the low-profile Impulse 2652 trapezoidal permanent installation loudspeakers are used as stage monitors, as opposed their normal application as FOH or fill speakers.
The Celebrity Theater stars Dolly Parton’s brother, Randy Parton, performing a scripted show entitled Country State of Mind, which also features guest appearances by artists from the legendary Grand Ole Opry, as well as 14 singers and dancers, and a seven-piece band. In addition to its regular schedule of three shows per day, six days a week, the theater also offers seasonal performances during the Christmas holidays, headliner concerts, and bluegrass festivals.
Tom Kelly, a 28-year veteran live sound engineer and Dollywood’s technical theater lead since 1988, is charged with making sure all runs according to plan. Kelly, who struggled with the profile of the Celebrity Theater’s on-stage monitor set-up, stated, “The show features a lot of singing and dancing, so aside from needing good sounding monitors, they also had to be extremely low-profile–otherwise the guests in the front row will just end up with a view of the cabinets.”
Given Kelly’s positive experiences with the reliability and sound quality of Architectural Acoustics products already installed in numerous locations throughout Dollywood, the Impulse 2652 loudspeakers were a natural choice in order to solve the theater’s needs. The Impulse 2652 enclosures’ pure sound, bass response, wide dispersion pattern, and 10-inch profile met all of Kelly’s criteria for the project.
“Our on-stage monitor needs were pretty specific because of the large stage, audience sight lines, and the wide variety of performers,” Kelly says. “The Architectural Acoustics Impulse 2652s have been great. Their wide dispersion pattern allows everyone onstage to hear the monitor mix and they’re so small they’re practically invisible to the audience.”
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