Bruinooge Brings Sound to Theatre Westminster Stage

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Kyle Bruinooge, student assistant at Audio Visual Services, has been selected as Sound Designer for the upcoming play Stop Kiss. As Sound Designer, Kyle specifically chooses or creates all of the sound effects, transition music, and sound props for the play.

Scott Mackenzie, Director of Theatre, chose Kyle to fill this role because of his previous work  for the Rabbit Hole and Crimes of the Heart productions, noting that Bruinooge's work has gotten stronger with each production. "He has always had a good ear, but I think his AV and Broadcasting experience has become more technically competent," Mackenzie added.  "For this production we have around 60 sound cues coming from various areas the theatre.  Kyle had to plan and coordinate all of them. His technical ability combined with his aesthetic sense to create a design that really compliments the work the actors bring to the stage."

Bruinooge enjoys the teamwork required to bring a show successfully together, but especially enjoys the creativity his position embraces. "My favorite part is the sound effects and set up. For this show I have a set of speakers that play music as if a character is playing them in the apartment. What the audience won't know is that I set those sounds to run from the sound board. Making the right sound appear like it is coming from a place or item on stage is a fun challenge."

As a self-proclaimed theater buff, Bruinooge's ultimate career goal would be to edit movies for big name directors. "An editor brings all the pieces of the movie together. Being a sound designer allows me to understand and contribute to one of the pieces of the whole puzzle that becomes a movie."

Kyle thanks both his position at AV Services and his Broadcast Communications major for his knowledge of sound design. "My sound designing has greatly improved because of AV and Broadcast," said Kyle. "Skills that are seemingly for one area have far greater reach than most people think. Never turn away a job or opportunity to learn, as it may have more to offer than you think."

Stop Kiss opens Thursday, April 11th, and is a warm and often funny play about two women, Sara and Callie, who meet, become friends, and eventually fall in love. Their new world is turned upside down when they become the victims of a hate crime. Further details are available at the Theatre Westminster blog.

Stop Kiss contains adult language and situations and is not appropriate for children.
On Friday after the performance, Dr. Sherri Pataki,  ALLIES and the cast will hold a talk about issues confronting the LGBT community.
Performances are April 11th - 13th at 7:30 and Sunday April 14th at 2:30.

You can make your reservations by following the ticket reserve link found and or calling the box office at 724-946-7241.
Ticket prices:
General Public: $10.00
Senior & Non-Westminster Student: $7.00
Faculty / Staff: Free - maximum of 2 tickets
Student: Free with ID - maximum 1 ticket

For more information on this story, contact AV Services by phone at (724) 946-7188 or by email at

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