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Meyer Sound Powers Sound, Empowers Internship at Williamstown Theatre

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"It's such a wonderful opportunity to be here at Williamstown," Coleman enthused between shifts in show design and mixing one of the Main Stage musicals. "There's so much to learn, and I'm truly grateful to Meyer Sound for giving me the chance to focus on that learning and not have the pressures of worrying about my finances while I'm here."

- Elizabeth Coleman,
Meyer Sound Fellowship recipient
Williamstown Theatre Festival

For anyone aspiring to a career in theatre arts, there are few more coveted opportunities than to spend a summer with the Williamstown Theatre Festival (WTF). The company, based in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, has long been one of the country's premier resident summer theatre troupes, claiming among its alumni such famous names as E.G. Marshall, Mildred Dunnock and Thornton Wilder.

Founded in 1954, the company has grown to nearly 500 strong, and from mid-June through late August WTF presents more than two hundred performances of classic and new plays, free theatre, cabaret, workshops and programs. In 2002, the WTF was awarded the prestigious Regional Theatre Tony Award, the first summer theatre ever to receive the award.

The Williamstown Festival also offers a tremendous range of training programs, affording nearly two hundred aspiring students of the arts an opportunity to study acting or serve as interns under professional directors, designers and theatre administrators.

Meyer Sound has long been an ardent supporter of the WTF, providing the Festival with the latest in leading-edge sound technology. But besides just helping the Festival sound great, Meyer Sound is now standing behind the Festival's commitment to the future of the arts by sponsoring a new fellowship in their yearly internship program. This first year's winner of the Meyer Sound fellowship is Elizabeth Coleman, a UK native and graduate of Carnegie-Mellon's highly respected Theatre Arts program. Coleman was chosen by WTF directors from a pool of several hundred recent college graduates, and will be offered a unique opportunity to expand her knowledge and contact base by working with the Festival's engineers and show designers on a wide variety of projects and productions.

"It's such a wonderful opportunity to be here at Williamstown," Coleman enthused between shifts in show design and mixing one of the Main Stage musicals. "There's so much to learn, and I'm truly grateful to Meyer Sound for giving me the chance to focus on that learning and not have the pressures of worrying about my finances while I'm here."

"Meyer Sound has been behind the WTF for years now," remarks Production Manager Chris Akins. "The company has always been a strong supporter of the arts, and their degree of dedication is just amazing. They don't just throw a bunch of gear at us – they're truly proactive, sending their people out to educate users, support the equipment and stand behind it."

"Meyer has always offered us the opportunity to try different products, and it's always been rock solid," adds Matt Burton, WTF's supervising sound designer. "We do such a variety of productions, from cabaret musicals down to simple playback shows, and Meyer has such a flexible range of equipment that we can always find something to fit the bill."

The Meyer Sound gear is provided to the Festival by New York-based One Dream Sound. Burton is particularly fond of the UPA-1P compact wide and UPA-2P compact narrow coverage loudspeakers, as well as the CQ-1 full-range wide coverage cabinets. "We also love the UPM-1P (ultra-compact wide coverage loudspeaker), which is one of our mainstays. We've been using the 650-P (high-power subwoofer) for years. This year we've also been checking out the UMS-1P (ultra-compact subwoofers), and they're unbelievable. We've got two of them on our smaller stage and the sound is just tremendous."

"It was a huge step up for us to go to all self-powered equipment," he continues. "It allowed us to accelerate our learning programs for the interns, giving them hands-on experience with the real-world equipment they'll see at a million other theatres throughout the country.

"I can't say enough about how Meyer has helped us to become not just a better sound department, but a better festival. No other single company has done so much to elevate our production standard."


July, 2004

FEATURED PRODUCTS

UPA-1P

UPA-2P

CQ-1

650-P

UMS-1P

UPM-1P

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