Audio Solutions for the Sight & Sound Theatres

by Stage Directions

A production this big requires big sound – sound that lifts spirits, transports the soul, surrounds you, and leaves no question that you’ve just witnessed a spectacle of historic proportions. Welcome to the Sight & Sound Theatres, where you’re invited to experience this action-packed musical stage adventure that takes you on a miraculous journey alongside the most famous person to ever walk the earth and the everyday people whose lives he changed forever. This is the story of Jesus, brought to life as a stage production also titled Jesus, in two separate, purposefully similar venues, one located in Branson, MO, the other in Strasburg, PA. Here's a video with behind the scenes on the production of the theatre's Jesus:

What does it take to bring something so epic as the life of Jesus to the stage? A 45-member cast, a seeming zoo’s worth of live animals such as horses, dogs, pigs, goats, sheep, camels, alpacas, and more, plus one of the largest LED screens ever used in theatrical production (100’ x 30’), and of course, a Clair Brothers surround sound extravaganza including C8 line arrays, CS218 cardioid subwoofer arrays, and a growing collection of monitors.

Gary Parke, audio integrator at Sight & Sound, explains, “The venues are almost the same except for one big difference. The control rooms at Strasburg are located behind the continental aisle, where the control rooms at Branson are at the top of the theater, so the Branson room feels slightly bigger. Also, the raised seating at Branson feels less closed in than Strasburg’s raised seating.” Jim Devenney, senior engineer at Clair Solutions, the project integrator, adds, “Because the two theatres are nearly identical, the logical idea was to keep the two performance systems as close as possible for a cohesive, consistent audience experience at both locations.”

Devenney adds, “We had restricted space in both venues to place the C8 side and corner arrays, but because of the C8’s multiple coverage angles of 90˚ and 120˚, they more than handled the coverage and output we needed for the rooms. And to provide an even, very low-frequency response throughout the rooms as required for the show’s special effects and music, we installed two Clair Brothers CS218 cardioid subwoofer arrays. It’s a sound system that delivers on the promise of such huge on-stage productions.” Parke agrees. “To say the least, we’re all quite pleased! A production of this magnitude certainly deserves to be, and should be, experienced through Clair Brothers speakers.”

Further information from Clair Brothers: www.clairbrothers.com