If your stage isn’t big enough for your presenters, entertainers or award recipients, or high enough for your audience to see them, your event will be disappointing for the guests. Stages are the showcase of any event and much thought should go into exactly what size and shape will be appropriate. Basically it depends on what elements will be on the stage and the activities taking place on it. For example, does it need to accommodate risers, seating, audio equipment, lectern, tables, chairs, backdrops, lighting, décor, plus room to safely navigate between and around all the elements?
In addition to the size of the stage, consider what activities will be going on. Will it need to hold 50 people for a graduation, or support a gymnastics or dance competition? And if the stage is outside and on uneven ground, setting up a structure on a slope requires leveling with additional legs, bracing and railings. Make sure your event company has the know-how to construct a stage that is sturdy enough for your event.
The height of the stage depends on how many people are in your audience. The more people, the higher the stage. As a guideline, smaller events of 100 people or less can use a stage that is 8” – 16”. Five hundred people or more needs a stage that is 36” – 48” high.
Then there is the particular shape of the stage. Rectangular stages are the most common, but you also have the option of a circular stage, zig-zag, one with ramps, or a combination.
To help you sort out all your options, click here for a free downloadable guide that explains in more depth and illustrates various stage options for inspiration. Or contact Event Resources for a free assessment of your needs.
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