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PyroI would like to take this opportunity to introduce Avitra LLC, a multimedia consulting, system design, and production firm owned and operated by James F. Bebarski and Tom Schafer. Since 1983 Avitra has been servicing the theatre community with innovative multimedia solutions. We can help your organization with projects that range in size from consultation, design and installation of the smallest sound system, to a fully integrated sound, video, and lighting system for an entire building. We can also produce and direct a variety of multimedia and audio/visual productions. Avitra can work with you in ways that make sense for your organization.

Consulting Services
Avitra is unique in that it can bring a diverse perspective to any audiovisual or multimedia project. Avitra's success is based on listening to client's needs, paying strict attention to detail, and practicing a high degree of follow up and follow through that guarantees satisfied clients and repeat business. Avitra maintains a non biased opinion associated with equipment manufacturers, distributors or vendors; and therefore, we solely represent the client and work exclusively on their behalf. Avitra offers consulting and planning services that are available on hourly basis or we can participate as a member of a design team on contract basis. Additionally, Avitra can help your organization with strategic planning and organization of new A/V or technical departments. Avitra can work with you in ways that make sense for your organization.

Theater Sound DesignTypical Consulting Process
It has been industry documented that a typical client installs at least 3 sound systems (by the maintenance man, someone's nephew, house electrician, band member, stereo enthusiast or design/build contractor) before they get a proper system for their facility. In this project Avitra provided consulting, design, contract formulation and project management for a semi-in-the-round live musical theater sound system. Avitra determined the client's needs and budget through interviews with the board of directors, all theater staff, performers and the review of visitor comment cards. Avitra called on several professional speaker manufacturers such as JBL, EV, and Bose who provided complimentary speaker placement designs. After which, Avitra designed a complete system that included speakers, mixing board, amplifiers, processing equipment, hanging microphones, wireless microphones, and playback equipment. Avitra then create a request for proposals and helped the board of directors review submissions and made recommendations for choosing the proper installation vendor. Avitra project managed the installation process and when finished, confirmed proof of system performance. For added support, Avitra conducted operational instruction sessions with all necessary staff members, attended dress rehearsals and several of the opening season performances.

Sound Design
Pump BoysAt Avitra, the world of sound design encompasses ambient sound scapes for public spaces, exhibits, live theatrical sound design, sound for video or film, and audio recording for voice, music and sound effects. Sound and sound systems can often be one of the most overlooked aspects of just about any multimedia project. Unfortunately, poorly conceived and executed sound and sound systems can turn a pleasant visit to a theatre, museum or any public space into a bad experience. The good news is that world class sound design by Avitra brings the best experience possible to your visitors. Whether you're looking for reproduction of rain forest sounds or you're in need of a sound system that delivers wide dynamic range and intelligibility for live theatre or prerecorded playback, Avitra can help.

Past Theatrical Productions
As we all know in professional theatre vary little video is available from past productions or the quality of that video is substandard. However the video below is a ruff smattering of some my past work with a partial list of some productions below. I feel fortunate to have this much video after over 30 year helping with a wide variety of productions. Please also check out my sound design demo page.

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5 Guy's Named Moe* (ATD, Assistant Sound Design)
42nd Street* (Stage Crew, Set Construction)
A Christmas Carol*(Sound Design, Pyrotechnic Design)
A Wonderful Life*(Sound Designer)
Baby, Forum (Set Construction)
Beau Jest* (Sound Effects Designer)
Billy Bishop Goes To War, Forum Theater (Technical Director)
Bleacher Bums, Forum Theater (Sound Effects Designer)

Breaking Legs, Forum Theater (ATD, Sound Design)
Cabaret*(Sound Design)
Chorus Line* (Assistant Technical Director, Assistant Sound Design)
Chopan Theater (Technical Consultant/Sound Design)
Dream Girls* (Set Construction, Sound Effects Designer)
Driving Miss Daisy, Briar Street Theater (Set Construction)
Evita* (Assistant Technical Director, Assistant Sound Design)
Fiddler on the Roof* (Set Construction, Electrician)*
Follies* (Sound Effects Designer, Technical Production Assistant)
Foreigner, Forum Theater (Set Construction)
Frogs, Pegasus Players (Sound Effects Designer)
The Human Comedy* (Sound Effects Designer, ATD)
Into The Woods* (Sound Effects Designer)
Kevin Matthew's Live, Forum Theater (Producer)
Klub Kokomo, Northshore Center For Performing Arts (Sound Design Consultant)
La Cage* (Assistant Technical Director, Assistant Sound Design)
Little Shop Of Horrors* (Assistant Sound Design, Stage Crew)
Little Shop Of Horrors, The Royal George Theater (Co-Sound Design,)
Lyle, Forum Theater (Set Construction)
Mame* (Sound Effects Designer)
Me and My Girl* (Set Construction, Technical Production Assistant)
My One And Only* (Sound Effects Designer, Set Construction)
Mystery Of Edwin Drood* (Sound Effects Designer, Set Construction)
Nerd's, Dury Lane Theater (Sound Design and Sound System Design)
Nicolas Nicolbey, Blackstone Theater (Set Construction)
Nine* (Set Construction, Technical Production Assistant)
Nunsense, Forum Theater (Assistant Sound Design)
Out Of Order, Forum Theater (ATD, Sound Design)
Patent Leather Shoes, Forum Theater (Assistant Technical Director)
Phantom* (1991 ATD, Sound Design, Pyrotechnic Designer)
Phantom* (1997 Sound Design, Pyrotechnic Consulting)
Pirates Of Penzance* (Set Construction)
Playboy Of The West Indies (Sound Effects Designer)
The Private Ear, Interplay (Sound Designer)
The Second City (Sound Design Consulting)
The Wiz, Civic Opera House (Stage Crew)
Thunder Knocking At The Door, Northlight (Pyrotechnic Consulting)
Two For The Seesaw, Straw Dog Theatre (Sound Effects Designer)
Pump Boys, Theatre at the Center, Munster, IN (Sound Design)
Rent, Opera House Players in Broad Brook, Connecticut (Sound Designer)
Rags* (Sound Effects Designer, Set Construction)
Rumors* (Assistant Technical Director, Sound Design)
Ruthless, Forum Theater (ATD, Sound Design)
Sherlocks Last Case, Form Theater (Sound Recording Engineer)
Song And Dance* (Co-Sound Designer)
Sweet Charity* (Sound Effects Designer, ATD)
West Side Story, Center For Performing Arts (Sound Consultation)

In addition I have worked the front of the house for almost 15 years; rotating in many of the Chicago downtown theatres. Many of those years were spent happily working for the Civic Opera House.

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