“We program a file that has an image of Evan Hansen, and each of the actors who could play the role. Before the show the stage manager tells us which actor will play the role in that performance, and we set the footage for that actor. We can switch that footage in real-time and it ripples through the whole production saving a lot of time. We don’t leave disguise programmers on the show for its run, so this feature allows us to build a show with all of those pieces of content existing within the machine at any given time so it can be managed by those staff members who remain on-site.”
Cast rotation is also used with camera presets, Peter adds. “The only character who isn’t pre-recorded has a live camera so now the camera preset we use is based on that lookup table, ensuring the camera shots are aligned with the actor’s height.”
“Throughout the prep and technical rehearsals we worked closely with the show’s video design and production teams to assist with any equipment alterations and could always rely on the disguise servers to perform every step along the way,” says James Paul, Senior Account Manager with Stage Sound Services, which was awarded the rental contract. “Before the video system was finalised we were fortunate enough to be able to upgrade the original specification from disguise 4x4 pro servers to vx 4 servers, which played a big part in bringing the show’s demands to life.”
Tickets for the London run of ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ are selling fast, and disguise is poised to help the audience favourite deliver an acclaimed production show after show.