MG Stage, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is the country’s only company dedicated exclusively to intercom system rentals for the theater, corporate events and live production markets, with Clear-Com systems at the heart of its inventory.
When owner Magali Acha started MG Stage, her previous career experience as a set designer on live shows demonstrated to her how little emphasis producers placed on crew communications. “On every show I worked, I always noticed how the crews had difficulties simply talking to one another,” she notes.
As a result, MG Stage has been spearheading the use of professional intercom in Argentina. “A lot of people are accustomed to two-way radios, but once they experience using Clear-Com, they immediately understand the importance of using a professional intercom system,” Acha says.
One recent event highlighted the effects of communications in live events. MG Stage supported the final match of one of a large football (soccer) tournament: the Conmebal (The South American Football Confederation) South American Cup held at the Estadio General Pablo Rojas in Asunción, Paraguay.
The tournament producers engaged MG Stage only days before the event started. “We had to organize quickly and without much information about the production’s technical requirements,” Acha explains. The show used two independent wireless systems for separate production teams. One team handled technical and artistic show coordination of the pre-game show, final show and cup and medal awards ceremonies. The other team managed general event coordination.
MG Stage deployed a Clear-Com FreeSpeak II Digital Wireless intercom for the general event coordination and a DX410 Digital Wireless intercom, along with Clear-Com Encore analog partyline stations and beltpacks for the shows and ceremonies. The company also drew on its theater experience to configure and personalize each user’s FreeSpeak II beltpack in addition to combining and interconnecting the wired Encore partyline with the DX410 wireless system.
For the tournament final, MG Stage placed one FreeSpeak II transceiver along each sideline. The production team used 10 FreeSpeak II beltpack on the sidelines, behind the goal—the waiting area for the shows and ceremonies—and one member was in the tv booth. “The coverage was smooth in all areas, across the field and even in the booth high up in the stadium,” says Acha. “The stage managers stationed around the field were able to clearly give directions and talk to one another.”
Even a rainstorm couldn’t impede the communications. “In the middle of the match, it started to rain so hard that the field got flooded, and the match was suspended for about 15 minutes,” she concludes. “We had to relocate the equipment rack and reroute the cabling; we pretty much moved everything including the transceivers because the amount of water was incredible. It was a few stressful minutes since the comms had to remain operational despite the harsh conditions.”