CAPITOL Musical Theatre in Wroclaw

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After 20 months of restoration, re-building and modernization the new CAPITOL Musical Theatre in Wroclaw welcomed its first guests in late September 2013. The Theatre's new building is a mix of restored, expressionis architecture with modern production systems. The entire stage technology in the building was implemented by the Technological Consortium comprising three companies: LTT (leader), M.Ostrowski and P.W.PROMONT.

Modernisation of the theatre

The modernisation works were supervised by Ms Anna Morasiewicz, who designed the restored Main Stage auditorium and the antique Foyer based on archival photographs and descriptions. Conventional light sources in these spaces were all replaced with energy-saving and fully color-adjustable LEDs.<

The first show to take advantage of the new stage technology was an adaptation of Bulgakov's "The Master and Margarita", premiering on September 28th. The CAPITOL now has two stages: the Main Stage, with an auditorium for 800 viewers, and a brand-new Chamber Stage (ca. 200 viewers) for smaller shows.

CAPITOL's stage technology goes well beyond the stages themselves. It also encompasses such auxillary facilities as a recording studio and a sound director's room, dressing rooms with an intercom system and a number of fully-equipped rehearsal rooms: two for ballet, one for the chorus, one for the actors and six individual rehearsal rooms with a combined area of 750 square meters. Additionally, accommodations were made to allow the Foyer to be used as extra stage-space (lighting, sound and upper stage machinery systems).

The Technological Consortium installed systems for stage lighting, large-format projection, lighitng and multimedia control, sound, intercom, video preview and stage machinery.

Stage lighting and projection

Complementary stage lighting and large-scale projections systems allow the Theatre to create modern shows. The equipment has been chosen for flexibility and can be used both on the Theatre's stages or taken to other venues.

The lighting system comprises over 400 lights (both traditional and moving head types) of such brands as Robert Juliat (Lutin 306L, 329H fresnel, 711 SX2 and 614 SX profiles, Alex Halo and Ginger follow spots) and Martin. Additionally, for repeatable and stable colors ChromaBatten 100 RGB+VW linear floodlights by Pulsar were used.

The large-format projection systems consists of two electrically-foldable screens and a foldable, 11-meter screen based on a Harkness Screen frame for the Main Stage, which - owing to extensive upper stage machinery - can be mounted at any stage depth (including the proscenium) and on any height. Five Christie DLP DHD800 projectors and four Coolux Pandoras Box DUAL Player units (a version integrated with a dedicated PC was installed, allowing the use of two independent video outputs and providing PB Player software functionality). The Theatre was also provided with an outdoor LED screen (11.8 by 11.8 meters) controlled by a dedicated computer and a video processor.

Lighting and multimedia control

CAPITOL has a complex and multi-purpose lighting and multimedia control system based on the leading grandMA2 series from MA Lighting. It was chosed due to its reliability, ease of connecting multiple devices and expandability. The main consoles used in the theatre are grandMA2 light and grandMA2 ultra light.

Two grandMA2 RPUs (replay units) were used as backup units. Video signal control is carried by MA VPU through the MA Net protocol.

The dimmer setup for the Theatre consists of fifteen 24-channel units (2.4 kW/channel) and one high-power dimmer (6x5.7 kW).

The auditorium lighting and all non-regulated circuits and the main power supply are controlled by Phantom, a specialized digital system developed by LTT. The system uses a minimal number of cables and is easily managable through a graphical user interface via the central or peripheral control panels.

Audio, intercom and video preview

A digital audio transmission system based on the DANTE protocol, encompassing all the stages and rehearsal rooms, was implemented by M.Ostrowski, LTT's partner for audio solutions.

TW AUDIO speakers were used on the Main Stage, and two d&b audiotechnik speaker sets were installed on the Chamber stage. The intercom system comprising both stages and 17 intercom stations (including mobile units) was based on a solution by RIEDEL.

Stage machinery

P.W.Promont, LTT's partner for stage machinery, installed a solution that caters to the needs of a dynamic, modern stage performance, such as quick changes of decorations, real-time synchronized movement of mobile elements, reorganizing the stage and more. Sophisticated effects can be achieved using the advanced mechanics control system.

The renewed Main Stage now boasts extensive upper stage machinery: 54 fly bars (both parallel and perpendicular to the stage, with three acting as lighting bridges), 28 point hoists - mobile and on overhead track (including 3 cargo hoists in the side wing), 4 guided courtain fly bars and a portal bridge.

Four two-level, 24 m2, hydraulic-driven stage lifts are the main elements of lower stage machinery; they allow the stage floor level to be adjusted between -4.5 m and +3.9 m. They can also be used to transport set decorations and aligned to accomodate mobile stage wagons (including one with a 14-meter wide revolving stage). Effectively, the stage lifts and wagons create four full levels for set decorations that can be quickly assembled and interchanged.

Additionally, two mobile portal towers can be used to narrow or widen the stage window as desired. A multi-level prop magazine under the stage allows horizontal set elements, fabric rolls, ballet flooring etc. to be quickly and effectively stored using a dedicated lift.

Both the Chamber Stage and the Foyer were equipped with sets of 6 point hoists.