Non-profit reaps productivity benefits of professional intercom solution
SACRAMENTO, CA, OCTOBER 21, 2009─Clear-Com Communication Systems, a Vitec Group brand, has donated a WBS analog wireless intercom system to Sacramento’s B Street Theatre, proving that great things can come in free packages. With its limited budget, the non-profit theatre was unable to invest in a professional communications system, leaving production team members to make do with a hodgepodge of workaround solutions.
According to Bill Blake, Managing Director for the B Street Theatre, the theatre had long been interested in trying out a Clear-Com system, but simply did not have the budget for it. Through serendipity, Clear-Com Director of Customer Satisfaction, Ed Fitzgerald, was a regular B Street Theatre attendee and patron. Thanks to a mutual love of theatre, he and Blake became friends. The two began discussing creative ways of addressing the B Street Theatre’s need for a quality intercom communications system, and ultimately decided upon pursuing the donation of an open-boxed WBS UHF wireless intercom system.
The B Street Theatre received a WBS-680/A2 two-channel base station, two WTR-680/A2 wireless beltpacks and three CC-40 single-ear Que-Com headsets from Clear-Com. Staff members immediately put the equipment to use for the theatre’s busy schedule of productions, and the system worked flawlessly. Thanks to the improved communications, the theatre needs fewer staff members backstage, leading to much smoother, more professional productions.
“The WBS has made an enormous difference for us,” says Blake. “Previously, we had to communicate through a very makeshift, cobbled-together kind of system ─ walkie-talkies, flashlights and hand signals, which was a bit chaotic. Now that we have a reliable, dedicated communications system, many of the production tasks, such as scene changes, take less time. It’s saved us money and taken a lot of the stress out of the productions.”
The company, currently housed in two former warehouse buildings and featuring a traditional stage that seats 110 and another seating 220 in the round, is planning a move to a new two-theatre, state-of-the art performing arts complex it is constructing. This factor, along with the limited resources typical for many non-profit organizations, prevented it from investing in a Clear-Com system. This donation will last the production team through the next two to four years while it prepares for its move to the new facility.
“We’ve wanted and needed a professional intercom system for years but something of Clear-Com’s quality seemed out of reach,” says Jerry Montoya, B Street Theatre’s Associate Producer. “What Ed Fitzgerald and Clear-Com have done for us as a theatre has allowed us to produce shows more easily and effectively. The system is simple, durable and, most important, reliable. Thanks, Clear-Com!”
“In providing access to high-quality theatre arts, the B Street Theatre performs an invaluable service, not only to its local audiences, but also to a much wider community. Through its Northern California touring program, it has reached an astounding 3.6 million children to date,” says Fitzgerald. “We’re delighted to have helped this worthy organization, and proud that our wireless intercom system is enhancing its audiences’ enjoyment of the theatre experience.”
As for Blake, he says that when the theatre moves into the new performance complex, Clear-Com equipment will definitely be in the budget.
The B Street Theatre was founded in 1991 by its parent company, Theatre for Children, which delivers a first-hand experience of the theatre arts to children in 12 counties in the Sacramento area, reaching about 200,000 youngsters per year through its touring program. B Street Theatre expands the Theatre for Children’s original mission to promote education and literacy, social interaction and cultural enrichment among children to an adult audience as well.