Evansville, IN (February 3, 2012)—During a recent production of the classic musical Gypsy, Lectrosonics wireless mic transmitters had to be hidden in some unusual places.
The University of Evansville’s Department of Theatre recently held a production of the musical Gypsy, by Jule Styne, with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, from the book by Arthur Laurents. Cleveland, OH-based Richard B. Ingraham, a freelance sound designer operating under the name RBI Computers and Audio, had to find a way to wirelessly mic performers in revealing costumes—a potentially very awkward live sound application.
“Gypsy is a story about vaudeville performers turning to burlesque to make a living,” explained Ingraham. “There’s a strip routine in the show and the main character—Gypsy—had the most revealing part. To make this work, we outfitted the actress with a Lectrosonics SM Super-Miniature transmitter, which was placed inside her bustier, or bra. Fortunately, Lectrosonics offers the RM remote for this transmitter. With its ability to remotely adjust audio input gain, the RF operating frequency, lock/unlock the transmitter’s controls, and Sleep mode on/off status, we had a high degree of ‘hands-free’ control, which was essential for this project. The RM remote and the SM transmitter’s small size enabled the wireless system to go unnoticed while simultaneously facilitating a considerable amount of adjustment from a distance.”
In total, the wireless system for this show consisted of six Lectrosonics SM transmitters, six SMD transmitters, and twelve LMa transmitters. On the receiving side of the equation, four Lectrosonics Venue VRMWB receiver mainframes—each fully stocked with six VRS receiver modules (for a 24-channel count)—were deployed. In addition to the RM remote control, a Lectrosonics ALP650 LPDA (Log Periodic Dipole Array) shark fin antenna was used to ensure optimum signal strength. Countryman B6 lavaliere microphones were mated with the Lectrosonics systems. All equipment was rented through Page Daniel Wireless Sound of Little Rock, AR.
“Everything went really well,” Ingraham reports. “Both the cast and crew of the show were very pleased with the equipment’s performance. The sound quality was excellent and the audience took note of this.”
Richard B. Ingraham