Sennheiser Provides Top-Notch Sound to Goodspeed Opera House

(AlexV | Posted 2010-07-08)

Sennheiser Provides Top-Notch Sound to Goodspeed Opera House

Goodspeed Musicals productions are known throughout the country for their lively performances and intimate ambience. At the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn., many audience members can get up-close looks at the actor’s incredibly detailed choreography and costumes. But what they don’t see are the tiny microphones creatively tucked away from view that carry the actor’s powerful voices throughout the majestic theater.

Goodspeed Musicals sound team relies on ultra-small wireless microphone systems from audio specialist Sennheiser, which operates its U.S. headquarters just a few towns away in Old Lyme. Sennheiser manufactures and markets headphones and microphones for the consumer electronics market and pro audio applications such as broadcasting, film/TV and Broadway productions.

Goodspeed Musicals audio team reached out to Sennheiser in search of ultra-small wireless microphone systems that provide natural-sounding amplification of actor’s voices without overpowering the small space.

Keeping the microphones completely hidden is a major priority for us, said Jay Hilton, sound designer for Goodspeed Musicals. Ensuring a flawless look is simpler now that the theater has adopted Sennheisers tiny clip-on microphones and transmitters. But it still takes a high level of creativity and imagination to make sure microphones remain completely out of sight, yet deliver natural-sounding, non-muffled sound.

“Whenever possible, I mount the transmitter and microphone in actors wigs,” Hilton said. “Our wig designers actually design the look of the wig to accommodate the transmitters.”

For last December’s holiday production of Jim Hensons Emmet Otter, Hilton was presented with the challenge of hiding microphones among bright woodland creature costumes. Blending the mics into the bright orange fur of the foxes and bright green scales of the lizard is not common practice for the more traditional musicals we do. He ended up painting the microphone cables to match, and applied a special painted tape to the head of the microphone that also kept extra sweat and moisture at bay.

As is with most scenarios, Goodspeed Musicals needed microphones that are reliable and sturdy. Nothing could be worse than coming up on the climax of theatrical perfection and having your microphone cut out. It’s difficult to stay in “character” and play something off like that when nobody can hear you. Sennheiser delivers this type of security and reliability along with quality and clarity.

Supreme attention to detail is a cornerstone of every one of Goodspeed Musicals productions, said Stefanie Reichert, vice president of strategic marketing at Sennheiser USA. Were very proud to support such a major force within our local arts community.

Visitors to the Goodspeed Opera House can experience the Broadway-quality sound of Sennheiser throughout the year. Productions include Carnival! (July 9 through September 18) and How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (September 24 through November 28).

About Goodspeed Musicals

Dedicated to the preservation and advancement of musical theatre, Goodspeed Musicals produces three musicals each season at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn., and additional productions at The Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, Conn., which was opened in 1984 for the development of new musicals. A two-time award-winning theatre (for outstanding achievement), Goodspeed also maintains the Scherer Library of Musical Theatre and The Max Showalter Center for Education in the Musical Theatre. Goodspeed Musicals is supported in part by the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. For a complete schedule and tickets, call the Box Office at (860) 873-8668, open seven days a week, or visit

About Sennheiser

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Sennheiser's pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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