|Anthony Bez, Musical Director of ASC|
Sound design is a new discipline in theater. Up until the late 1960's, a Stage Manager would be expected to find the appropriate sounds to support a production. The SM would gather sounds for on and offstage, and it was rare that a nonmusical production would have the kind of "background" music that we associate with film. But in the last 40 years, with the great advances in sound technology and equipment, the Music Director has become an invaluable contributor to the life of a play, creating all whatever layers of music and sound effects are appropriate for the presentation.
A talented music director will produce a flexible, complex, inexpensive integration of sounds that will influence the actors' action and the plays feel. Collaborating with the director, the sound will blend with the director's overall vision of the piece and complete it.
|Anthony Bez and Colette Rice in Collaboration|
Photo by Cindy Boyle, Boyleimage
Anthony Bez, Music Director at ASC, has been collaborating with Colette Rice long enough that he can, in some ways, anticipate her esthetic and present ideas already at early production meetings, which hastens the construction of each production.
Go see Macbeth, and try to notice the various sounds as well as any music that envelopes you as you hear the play. Notice how the music of the drums, for example, augments the suspense of the thickening plot. Notice how the witches' evil is captured in what you listen to as much as in what you watch.
Then thank Anthony Bez for enhancing your experience and making it memorable.