Orbital Sound has reported its busiest pantomime season to date, with nearly 30 shows playing simultaneously around the UK during December 2012 and January 2013. All of Orbital’s recently acquired Yamaha CL5 consoles have been dispatched for the hectic show schedule, forming a key component in Orbital’s sound equipment and support service for the UK’s top Christmas shows. To cope with this year’s record demand, Orbital has also augmented its hire equipment with another 220 channels of Shure radio microphones, as well as deploying the new TheatrePro E-60MP low profile earset and L-45 lavalier microphones. The compact d&b audiotechnik T-Series loudspeakers are also playing a starring role, providing configuration flexibility matched by high quality audio performance. Managing director Chris Headlam commented: “This has been an outstanding season, with the top pantomimes bucking the economic trend and performing strongly in box office terms. “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.” 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 West Country’s premier theatre, the 2,500 seat Bristol Hippodrome, as well as the Liverpool Empire, the Nottingham Theatre Royal, and the Birmingham Hippodrome. Qdos Entertainment estimates that its line-up of shows alone will attract audiences exceeding 1.5 million during the 2012/2013 season – highlighting the economic importance of the festive box office revenues.
Pictured: David Hasselhoff in First Family Entertainment’s Peter Pan at the Manchester Opera House. www.orbitalsound.com