Courtney Dickinson-Mukamuri from Covenant Church in Doylestown, PA brings us this fabric-y Christmas design.
From Courtney: This Christmas we were looking to have a very clean and simple design while still evoking the feeling of a traditional Christmas. The inspiration for the shape of the curtains came from ‘A Rainbow Christmas,’ but we adapted the hourglass curtain shape to the context of our uniquely shaped stage.
The curtains were hung against the back wall and the back of the truss that is closest to the back wall to give the curtains slight depth. They are hung on electrical conduit with clips and zip ties to keep their pleated pattern. The cloth that was chosen is a shimmery, white latex because it reflects light well. This was a very important choice for us because we utilize a lot of lighting as we change scenes throughout our services. We cinched the cloth with 6” gold glitter, wire ribbon so that it would hold its shape well over time (This design will stay up as photographed all of December. But fromJanuary until we switch out the design for Easter, only the curtains will remain on the stage, but the Christmas trees will be removed so we needed the curtain to hold their shape for an extended period of time).
Once the curtains were hung, we added four pre-lit, artificial trees. The two in the foreground are approximately 12’ tall and the smaller ones next to the cross in the center are approximately 6’ tall. The snowflake design is a setting on the spotlight to further add to the winter/Christmas feel. The idea was to use the curtains, Christmas trees and lighting to draw the eye towards the cross at the center of the stage.