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A Wicked engagement for Orbital Sound

The latest addition to Orbital Sound’s list of international credits is the Dutch language version of Wicked, premièred recently at the Circustheater in Scheveningen. (Photo by W Verkaik and C Janzen)

The latest addition to Orbital Sound’s long list of international credits is the Dutch language version of the musical Wicked, premièred recently at the Circustheater in Scheveningen.

The sound system for the Circustheater features Meyer Sound line array technology (M1Ds and M2Ds), a Cadac J-Type Live Production Console, 40 Sennheiser SK-5012 and EM-3532 receivers, and a comprehensive selection of other Meyer Sound loudspeakers. The sound system is processed via five Meyer Galileo processors; sound effects are played back via Akai samplers, and Lexicon processors are used for some effects.

Orbital provided much of the surround system, which was already in place for the previous show at the Circustheater, Mary Poppins, as well as the extensive Roland M48 Musicians Pit Monitoring system, some cabling infrastructure, and intercom/video equipment. The balance of the equipment came from the Stage Entertainment Germany production of the show.

Associate sound designer Kai Harada commented: “The sound design focuses on delivering a very natural sound, giving the illusion that the sound is coming from the performers on stage rather than via loudspeakers. The show combines a blend of many different musical styles – mixing rock numbers, pop and ballads to create a contemporary musical against a 19th century background, performed by an orchestra of 14. It has proved to be hugely successful with audiences around the world, and there appears to be huge enthusiasm for it here in the Netherlands as well.”

The current production of Wicked is being staged by Joop Van Den Ende Theatreproductions in association with Stage Entertainment and Wicked Worldwide.

Stage Entertainment Holland’s executive producer Peter O’Keeffe reflected: “The most complex element was how to bring together a number of elements and make it all work – which is where Orbital did a great job. Some of the equipment came over from Germany, complete with German labelling, the technical team comprised a mix of English and Dutch staff, and our sound designer, Tony Meola, is American. It all came together extremely well, opening on 6th November.”

Image Credit: Wicked, Holland 2011, Photo by W Verkaik and C Janzen