Stage Designs

Throwback: Imma Bee

A.J. McGlynn from Sugar Creek Baptist Church in Sugar Land, TX brings us these really cool beehive pieces .

He was inspired by a stage from the band, Muse (of course their hexagons were LED panels). He scaled the design down and built the pieces using Coroplast and projectors.

He started by cutting pieces of Coroplast into 2×2 square pieces, then used a template to cut them into hexagon shapes. They built a frame out of 1x2s to attach it to. All the supplies came in under $200.

He suspended the whole piece with tie line. The center piece has a projector shining on it. He created a mask in ProPresenter 4 to mask the edges. He didn’t worry about the gaps in between the panels. The whole piece was about 6 feet from a black curtain.

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12 responses to “Throwback: Imma Bee”

  1. Steven Hall says:


    This is some amazing work. You are really glorifying the Lord with this work.


  2. josh says:

    NIce job!!! You guys!!

  3. Paul says:

    Great inspiration guys…well done…well done

  4. Amber says:

    Did you create the mask in Photoshop first or directly in ProPresenter? Any tips for making this happen?

  5. Matthew says:


    How did you fasten the coroplast to the frame? Do you know how many feet of 1×2 you bought? Thanks for your time.

  6. Jordan says:

    I have a couple questions. How did u get this under $200? Any ideas? How did you attach the coroplast to the boards?

    • Matthew says:


      I was just in charge of putting this together for my church, and here are some tips:

      – We had a $300 budget, but if you want to keep it under $200, here’s what I would do:
      – Depending on your stage size, you can make smaller ones than these (not smaller shapes, but just use fewer of them). They are huge, and we didn’t have enough room to use the actual size shown in the picture above.
      – Use velcro to hook the coroplast to the wooden frames. You can get enough velcro for a three piece set that is a little smaller than the above picture for about $20-$30 at Menards.
      – Build a frame out of 1″x”2×8’s. You can get them at Menards for less than a dollar each. We bought 16 and ended up using 15 of them.
      – Spray paint the frame flat black. You can get the paint for less than $3 per can, and I ended up needed two cans.
      – About the corolplast:
      – That link will take you to the site where I got the coroplast that we used. They have the lowest price I could find. They are already cut in 2’x2′ squares, so that saves a ton of time. We used 35 sheets altogether. I would suggest that you purchase 40. They are sold in packs of 10. So you can get as many or few of those as you need.
      – Take your 2’x2′ coroplast squares and cut into your desired shape. I found that an utility knife works best. Make sure you have a sharp blade though.
      – Use the velcro to hook the coroplast to your frames.
      – We hung ours using bailing wire and beam clamps.

      I hope this helped a little. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.

  7. We too did this and kept it under $200 by using 4×8 sheets of styrofoam and cutting each one out, painting etc.

  8. patricia Barnes says:

    omg i had a huge typo !

    i was trying to ask “what were the dimensions of the stage.”

  9. Tyler says:

    Can you tell me what projector you’re using to project onto the hex panels? If you have the brand and model, we’re looking to make something similar. Thanks for your time and I look forward to your reply. :)

  10. Tyler says:

    Can you advise the projector you’re using on the hex panels? If you have the brand and model, it would be most helpful :)

    Thanks for your time and I look forward to your reply. :)

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