Stage Designs


Duane Loux from Grace Community Church in Fort Smith, AR brings us this design inspired by Lifechurch Memphis.

Duane took white corrugated plastic and cut it into 1′ x 8′ sheets. He taped two together to make the main pieces for the sides of the stage. The two back towers were cut with different heights but all at 8′ wide. Most were hung at three different depths off the back wall by fishing line.

The columns were simply 4×8′ sheets of Coroplast, scored in three places, and folder into the towers. He added gaff tape to add the outlines and silhouettes.

Duane lit the set using either LED lights in various forms that they already had or as shown in the photos by environmental projection with the use of 5 Sanyo PLC-XE40 short throw projectors, 3 horizontal and 2 vertical.

The budget for the stage design itself was less than $400. He picked up the projectors on eBay for a total of $350.

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Instalove Framed Flat Panels

16 responses to “Shapely”

  1. John Lehman says:

    Really cool stuff, I work at a church in the same area and we have a pretty good connection with this church. One thing I’ve really wondered about is the environmental projection that is used here and whether or not that might be something we would want to invest in.

  2. Duane says:

    Thanks John, Scott said he wanted to come by and take a tour maybe you can come with.

  3. Kendall says:

    This is really nice.. I’m having a hard time believing your budget though.. lol.. Really great job on this set!

    • Duane says:

      Thanks Kendall, The budget is for real, some call me cheep but I don’t pay much for anything. What they say is true it pays to shop around. Plus coroplast can be very cheep.

  4. Steve says:

    Love this set!! Would really like to get sod more detailed instructions as well as construction pics if possible! Thanks!

  5. Duane says:

    Thanks Steve,
    That would be hard because we’ve changed sets since then, but would be happy to answer any questions you have.

  6. Jacob Kesling says:

    Where can I locate coroplast sheets for cheap? Any website suggestions?

    • Duane says:

      If you can find them locally that is best because freight can be a killer. If not talk to Johnny McDaniel over at He gave me the best price i’ve found so far.

      • Eddie says:

        Love this design soo much! Quick question, what are those made of and how did you light them?

        • Duane says:

          I’m assuming you are refering to the coroplast (or corrugated plastic) panels. They where lit by either projectors or LED lights depending on what was needed at the time.

          • Eddie says:

            Oops my bad ya, I was talking about those block stacks. Are those led’s that are wide or just normal type of LEDs? Also how did you come up with this design was it put together by your team or for hire. Reason I’m asking is I’m having a hard time drawing up one of my own

          • Duane says:

            Sorry man, i’m not sure what you are referring to. Our led lights are mixture of static wash, LED bars and beam moving heads.

  7. Dan says:

    How did you cut the coroplast?

    • Duane Loux says:

      I used a coro-claw but the plastic handle broke a 3rd the way in, ended up using players to old the blade the rest of the time. I’ll be getting a PlastKut next time because it looks like it’s made better.

  8. Warren East says:


    How did you connect the coroplast to the fishing line and also how did you space each piece?

    • Duane Loux says:

      I used hangers that are made for coroplast, just google “Moore M444-100 Plastic Coroplast Hangers” and you will see which i’m refering.

      As for spacing very carefully, this took the longest because I wanted to make sure every piece was level, etc.

      Hope this helps!

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