School stage: While the audience is focused on precise choreography and beautiful music, show choir directors know that success literally rests upon the portable staging used to display their group’s talents.
Conversations with several directors across the country find that they count on portable staging to address three important, interrelated issues: creativity, confidence and convenience.
A portable stage should facilitate the same innovation and imagination that fuels great show choirs. Flexibility is a vital attribute, facilitated by multiple levels and configurations, along with custom options.
“One trend I see is portable staging becoming more modular,” says Dan Neece, Band Director at Enterprise High School in Redding, Sheffield, and Director of the Enterprise Starship show choir.
Starship uses 4’ x 8’ platforms with interchangeable legs of various heights, often creating a staggered, staircase effect by placing three of each platform’s six legs on the adjacent platform, instead of all six legs on the floor.
“We like to go simple, and stacking the risers gives us more versatility,” explains Neece. “We can easily fit on almost any stage and keep the same look.” On large stages, the platforms are pulled almost all the way out. In smaller venues, platforms are pushed closer together, while still creating steps.
“If I was starting a new show choir program today, I’d buy platforms in every size and configuration possible, including sixteen 4’ x 8’ platforms,” advises Neece. “Once you have the equipment, you can have fun playing around.”
One unique aspect of Starship to be accommodated by staging is almost an equal number of instrumentalists and vocalists–approximately fifty students total.
For successful show choirs, memorable performances are made possible by staging platforms that deliver in three important areas: creativity, confidence and convenience. The results can be inspiring!
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