May 09, 2012, by PSW Staff
Established in 1976 by the Wroclaw actor Andrzej Dziedziul, the Zdrojowy Teatr Animacji (or Spa Theatre) in Jelenia Góra, is housed in the classically designed Spa Theatre, which was built in 1836. Used mainly for children’s productions, it also stages adult plays as well as outdoor performances.
With the prevailing demand for state-of-the-art technology in theatre, the plan for Zdrojowy Teatr Animacji’s modernization began in 2008. Enter Polish entertainment technology specialists M.Ostrowski, with a brief to supply and assemble a lighting, stage management and theatre audio system for an audience capacity of 200.
Recognizing the need for a top-performance sound reinforcement system, M.Ostrowski deployed the newest CF Series solutions from Renkus-Heinz, guaranteed to provide maximum operational reliability while delivering excellent dynamics, listening comfort and uniform sound distribution for the audience.
Using EASE 4.3 software to determine the optimum position of the loudspeakers, eight full-range Renkus-Heinz CF101LA speaker modules were arranged in two line array clusters either side of the stage, and two Renkus-Heinz CF15S subwoofer modules in a central cluster.
The deployment of active speaker modules with RHAON (Renkus Heinz Audio Operations Network) technology, allows for remote system configuration, adjustment of DSP signal corrections as well as monitoring of the state of the speakers.
In consideration of the surroundings, M. Ostrowski engineers also designed a unique mounting for the line array hoists to ensure that the equipment blends in with the theatre’s historical interiors.
M. Ostrowski also supplied and installed a complete lighting system, with a GrandMA2 Light management system; the theatre was also equipped with more than 130 projector lights and spotlights.
The installation also included a Digital Soundcraft Vi4 console; a wireless microphone system based on 500 G3 Sennheiser units; a two-way wireless communication system based on solutions by 3M and a stage-manager system based on Riedel digital intercom solutions, as well as a wireless stage action confirmation system, which was developed specifically to accommodate the needs of the Spa Theatre.
Some 20 facility panels around the stage, auditorium and audio control room provide 52 microphone inputs, 31 return lines, 17 speaker lines as well as a Cat5e network, for transmission of data, audio and video signals as well as control of devices connected to the internal network. The entire system is freely configurable at the patch panels, located within the main equipment rack. The installation also allows a show to be run from the audience, with a patch panel to plug in a console along with its peripherals.
M. Czechowicz, the Spa Theatre’s Sound Engineer, said: “The new audio system’s versatility and quality make it wonderful to work with and we’re delighted that M.Ostrowski has created this solution.”