Paragon 360™ created some set elements to mask the empty choir loft areas and push the attention forward and downstage surrounding the band and praise team members.
“We had to come up with a way to make the stage space seem smaller so that the presentation, while smaller, seemed much larger and filled the space,” said Donnie Brawner, CEO of Paragon 360™. Brawner stated, “The room was clearly not designed for what we were now trying to do. It was fun and challenged our team.”
The modular stage set includes many of the custom features seen in the historic architecture of the space. The camera ready set which features flexible, changeable, illuminated backgrounds were designed to be moved, relocated or taken out completely at any time. As requested, the old sanctuary space will still exist when the modular set elements are removed. An illuminated center stage wall unit houses a motorized 6’ X 9’ Da-Lite ascending video screen. The screen serves as a backdrop to the music led service and becomes the centerpiece of the message itself as services from the main sanctuary are brought in. The live lighting elements around the screen aide in creating a more dimensional, emotional and live presentation of the message. The scenic design was intended to create a picture frame around the band, making the presentation feel bigger while also blocking the vast, empty choir loft.
Other parts of the project included the removal of carpet on the stage and much of the sanctuary floor. The carpet was replaced with a wood laminate flooring. Pews were re-spaced allowing for more comfortable seating. One of Paragon’s custom DE-360 Drum Enclosures was included on the project for better control of the stage audio mix.