With Bonfire night already over, I've spent the last few weeks opening this years first Christmas show. Miracle on 34th St The Musical was brand new design for me and I was thrilled when Paul Taylor Mills asked me to get involved. Christmas is a big part of the end of my year, even more so now I have two small children and although I love the traditional pantomimes I design, its always nice to work on other christmas shows. I have to say this is fast becoming one of my favourites.
The show has a strong cast of six principles and ten ensemble who are very busy covering a huge number of parts, so the sound department are kept on their toes. The show is performed to multi track play back which this year has been "remastered" by a crack team of the wonderful Mark Crossland (Musical Supervisor) and Lee Freeman (Musical Director) who has also done a great job of the additional arrangements. Its been a busy rehearsal process as the show evolves , ensuring this years production is better than ever. The design of the show features a Midas pro series console and loud speakers from Martin Audio, The team wanted the show to have that fabulous warm enveloping MGM chorus sound, I've used this combination of Martin XD series and Midas console before and have always loved the warm reproduction of the vocals I get from them.
I'd also like to thank our console operator Nico Menghini and the team at dBS Solutions for all their help and support.
The show tours the UK until Christmas eve and will also be opening in Dubai later in December. Get yourself along for some Christmas feel good fun.