They decided to create a “tent” on the stage—a tent that looked like it belonged to a wealthy man.
They found some reasonable prices on fabrics and picked three different colors.
First they put supports up, using various poles and rods they found around the church in addition to pipe and drape supports. Then they tied string across the top and threw the fabric over the top. They pinned the fabric to the carpet to so the fabric would stretch out further. Then they used griff clips along the back of the fabric to raise the roof, and the ropes were tied to the booms that were fastened to the ceiling.
For the palm tree, they used cardboard. They scored it so it would become round, then crinkled up kraft paper and glued it to the trunk. They put the trunk on some supports (upside-down storage boxes with paper taped over the top) and painted in the grooves to add texture to the trunk.
They got some fake palm trees from IKEA. (In the end they used three.) Lovely, lush palm trees, soon to be dismembered. They hacked off some of the leaves. Using green floral tape, they taped some leaves together to make a long leaf. and attached that to the top of the trunk.
They dressed the set with various items to add some authenticity and make it look a bit more functional.
Finally they added some lighting—dim in areas they wanted to hide because they weren’t as happy with those bits.