Geyer Performing Arts Center gets help from Good Sound
Shows at the Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale got a lot more enjoyable for audience members thanks to a generous donation by a local business.
Dwight Brown, owner of Good Sound Studio Inc. of New Stanton, recently donated sound equipment and installation services to the turn-of-the-century theater in Scottdale.
“We've become one of the leading resources in the area for theatrical productions and saw this as a way to promote and support the arts here at the Geyer theater,” Brown said.
Good Sound Studio Inc. reportedly provides live sound production services, sound system design and installation all over Southwestern Pennsylvania. It also sells most major brands of professional sound equipment and rentals of sound equipment.
The company began providing sound services at the theater in 2010 for three summer musicals. By 2012, the Geyer began using Good Sound for all of its musicals and this year added sound to the plays.
“We felt one of the things that was lacking was being able to hear and understand the performers and we thought the audience would benefit from this donation,” Brown said.
Good Sound's donation included: Eurocomm mixers in the control room and back stage; Behringer X32 digital mixer at the front of the house and an ER300 Series wireless handheld. The company also donated QSC Acoustic Design Series speakers on the floor level and in the balcony, and provided all of the installation free of charge.
The dollar value of the donation was between $7,000 and $8,000, Brown said.
“Dwight Brown and Good Sound Studio is one of the most professional sound engineers in our area and we at the Geyer are honored that he took the interest in our little theater,” Geyer Board President Brad Geyer said. “His donation has really enabled us to take the next step toward the quality of our shows.”
The new equipment has been used for several shows this season, and the difference in the sound for the productions has already made a noticeable difference to audiences.
Brad Henry of Uniontown not only sees many productions at the Geyer but also has been musical director for several productions at the theater.
“The new sound equipment makes it a more pleasant experience for everyone — those attending the shows and for the performers — because everyone can hear what is going on, especially our older patrons who have been coming to the theater for years,” Henry said.
Linda Harkcom is a contributing writer.