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Struggling With a Small Stage? Use These Design Tips to Maximize What You Have!

Struggling With a Small Stage? Use These Design Tips to Maximize What You Have!

24 Sep, 2018  /  by admin

When preparing for an upcoming performance, there are lots of variables to work with – lights, sound, and even the script can be adapted to create just the right look and feel. One thing that is not adaptable, however, is the size of your stage. If your next production involves working with a small stage, there are things that you can do to maximize the impact and utilize every inch of space you have to produce a memorable performance for your audience. Here are some tips to maximize your stage space:

Look at Dimensions of Your Space

Does your auditorium or performance space have tall or low ceilings? Is it possible to extend the set out to the sides? If you are dealing with a small stage, make sure that you pay close attention to other areas of space, even if they are not on the actual stage. These spots can give you flexibility that you may not have thought of. For example, you may be able to add additional decorations in the aisles, or extend your set out to the sides to make the stage seem larger. Read more about 6 Important Pieces of Advice for Setting up Your Stage

Consider Your Lighting Options

The different types of stage lighting equipment and appropriate lighting for your space can make a big difference in terms of how your stage looks to your audience. Generally speaking, lightweight fixtures are more than enough for a small stage and heavy fixtures can overtake the space.

Size of Audience

Are both your stage and your audience small or is your stage small and audience large? If both are small, you can afford to have much more detail on your set, but if your audience is large, you need to make sure that the stage design is large and easy for the audience to see from where they sit.

Cover the Stage

Adding carpet or a fresh floor to a stage can make it look bigger and more appealing to the audience without adding significant cost.


SSRC is a leader in providing high quality theater distribution products to a wide variety of venues all over the country including schools, performing art centers, hotels, colleges and universities. We can help you maximize the stage space that you have – and keep you on track with your budget constraints. We work on both small and larger projects and strive to provide the best possible customer service and responsiveness in the industry. For more information or to speak with a member of our SSRC team contact us today.

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