Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

The Sound of Imagination

Bryan Reesman

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Andrew Keister’s Sound Design for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Broadway’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a visual feast and fast-paced musical featuring a cast of nearly 40 performers, an orchestra pit with 18 musicians, and a plethora of set pieces. Beyond the scenic magic that the production pulls off, the sound design of Andrew Keister (whose Broadway credits include On Your Feet, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Jersey Boys) is an integral part of the show. In creating the sonic architecture run through a surround system of approximately 260 speakers, he juggled 133 inputs on a DiGiCo SD7 (with some spillover into an SD8 backstage) and nearly 120 more on a Meyer Sound D-Mitri system. “Yes, it was a little busy,” Keister acknowledges of working on the production, which allowed him to stretch his wings artistically.

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