Racine Theatre Guild
Theatrical - Sound System
The Racine Theatre Guild is an outstanding community theatre in Racine,
Wisconsin. The theatre has a facility that rivals any professional theatre
in any much larger city.
When the space was built, in the middle 70’s, the theatre produced mainly
dramatic work. They had an outstanding sound system for reproducing theatrical
sound effects. Recently, most of the productions have been musicals. They
now need a sound system that is better for sound reinforcement with only
moderate sound effects reproduction.
The venue architecture is based on a thrust stage with the audience wrapping
180 degrees around the stage. In order to cover the whole audience around
the thrust stage, five speakers used. They are hung from the catwalks
are spread out, with one on the centerline and two on each of the sides.
Three additional smaller speakers are also hung from the catwalks, around
the stage. These speakers are aimed back into the stage and serve as orchestra
monitors for the actors.
Design Drawing - Speaker Rigging Detail
Some of the Racine Theater Guild’s shows have more demanding sound requirements
than others. For a show without much sound reinforcement the mixer is
operated from the control room. The existing control room window was modified
to provide a large sliding glass opening. Previously sound effects could
be operated with out hearing the room directly.
Control Room with Mixer and Portable Racks
Equipment, Ten Wireless Mics & Effects Equipment
For a more demanding sound show, with lots of sound reinforcement, the
mixer is operated from behind the last row, on the side of the audience.
The mixer and three portable racks for source equipment, ten wireless
mics & effects equipment are moved into the rear of the house.
Amp rack with Sound effects speaker patch
bay and rear of
Portable Racks with cable bundles
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