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Hybrid Theatre Production during covid-19 Pandemic

COVID-SAFE Project: Half the Sky Hybrid Theatre Podcast

Customer: Fifth Avenue Theatre

Industry: Hybrid Theatre Podcast

Buyer Persona: Director / Producer of Theatrical Podcast

Author: Rich Macar

Publish Date: 07/1/20.


5 day recording of Theatrical Musical, “Half the Sky “


For 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle, WA,

Recording singers under Live Music Director Pianist

of  7 individual voice/singer talent

in  7 separate record rooms.






The 5th Avenue Theatre has announced that Half the Sky, a new contemporary American musical with music by Tidtaya Sinutoke and book and lyrics by Isabella Dawis, will be the first of three Musical Radio Plays produced in its 2020/21 digital season.

Half the Sky is directed by Seattle-based and Princess Grace Award winning director Desdemona Chiang. The cast features Shannon Tyo (Off-Broadway: The Chinese Lady, Kentucky) as Aurelie, 5th Avenue Theatre regular Diana Huey (The5th: Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Rock of Ages) as Eve, Kendyl Ito (Off-Broadway: Soft Power, Wild Goose Dreams) as Dawa, Klea Blackhurst (Off-Broadway: Party Face, Bingo) as Liz, Broadway’s Christine Toy Johnson (Come From Away) asMae, Jamen Nanthakumar (La Jolla Playhouse: Diana) as Rod, and JamesSeol(Broadway: A Naked Girl on the Appian Way) as Jerry.


A year after her sister’s death, Aurelie sets out to fulfill her childhood dream of climbing Mount Everest. She joins an international group of mountaineers, led by a teenage Sherpa. As Aurelie embarks on her path to the top of the world, memories of her Thai American past and the unresolved rift between herself and her sister begin to surface. Borders between countries and cultures, past and present, and waking and dreaming blur in this epic journey of ambition, survival, and reconciliation. A contemporary American musical on a global scale, Half the Sky is infused with the sounds of traditional Thai and Himalayan folk music.



Why Buttons Sound was chosen.


5th Avenue Theatre chose the audio post production sound egency, Buttons Sound to accept the 5-day challenge of recording 6 singers with a piano music director, from separate rooms, connected to an 8-member international zoom call of the producers, directors, and composers. The high-quality results eliminated the need for an additional pick-up record day.








Buttons Sound’s Reaction


Buttons Sound solved this COVID-19 challenge by rearranging its complete audio post production facility to allow for a safe sound recording operation. All SAG, NY State and Local safety requirements have been accommodated utilizing its Dante audio network, audio post production workstation remote control, virtual engineer technology, along with using two control rooms with all audio post production facility rooms as individual ADr dubbing record and production rooms.


Buttons NY also arranged a socially distant hallway for safe talent breaks and lunches.









Here’s what all talent was able to see on their monitor.


Zoom Connected to an 8-member international zoom call of the producers, directors, and composers.









It’s always exciting to watch a new musical take another step in its development,” said The 5th Avenue Theatre ‘s Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry. “Though creating Half the Sky as a radio play isn’t something Tidtaya, Isabella, and the rest of the creative team probably imagined would be part of that journey, working under the guise of a pandemic has presented an unique opportunity for them to more deeply focus on the story and music. The power of imagination has become even more vital as the way we engage with storytelling has shifted in the last eight months-we’re excited for audiences to experience a new musical in this historically beloved format.”


For more information about The 5th Avenue Theatre, its season and its programs, please visit


The wonderful project at Buttons Sound audio post production sound agency was blessed with NO COVID ACTIVITY.

Here’s a layout of the social distancing florr plan of talent in facility audio post production recording rooms.


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