Rusty T. from The Venue at Southcrest Baptist Church in Lubbock, TX brings us this portable stage design setup.
At Southcrest Baptist Church, they have a special circumstance: four out of their five services happen simultaneously. One (in the main worship center) is a traditional service, and the other is a contemporary service called “The Venue”.
“The Venue” service is in the gym. It’s like a satellite campus, but it is on the same campus as the rest of the church. They have their own worship service and stream the pastor’s sermon in via live camera feeds. This service requires a team of 3-4 people and a custodial crew setting up an entire worship service every week. Then immediately following church it all has to be torn down and packed away. Keeping that in mind, they had two main goals: it needed to be easy to move/tear down, and it needed to look great.
They decided to go with wooden panels that could be set next to each other to form a set. They started with sizing, and how they would actually stand up. They came up with an idea that had wooden feet on the backs of the panels that could close and be tied off while being moved. They had to keep their entire set under 9’ tall, and it had to be able to go through a doorway when it was put up. So they settled on 8’8” x 4’ overall for their two center panels, and 2’x10’ for their side panels. They cut the wood and even got some help from two of their worship leaders to stain the boards and paint the frames black.
After attaching the boards to the frames they decided to put in some “old school” warm looking light bulbs. They settled with about 20 lights that would be at fixed points on the boards. They found some light fixtures that fit perfectly into a 1 ¼” drywall drill bit and then just cut holes in the boards where they wanted the lights, and used gorilla glue to keep them in. They also had a light dimmer that they were not using so they could control the brightness from their lighting node.
They already owned the LEDs and the Source 4 Lights, and the trusses. The light bulbs, fixtures and all other supplies were bought at Home Depot. Overall the project took about 45-50 hours to complete, and $500 (all the lumber was donated by a church member).