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Setting up Your TheatreYou know that your theatre has the potential to grow and succeed, but getting those first few patrons through the door can be tricky. Here are three tips for your new theatre.

Tip #1 for Setting up Your Theatre: The Planning Stage is Paramount to Success

The reality is that without a good plan in place, chances of your theatre succeeding are very small. The planning stage is paramount. Think about what kind of shows will be performing in your theatre, and what this means in terms of visibility, acoustics, and seating.

For example, will you need a versatile layout that can be changed easily? You may wish to opt for tiered risers: the folding frame and innovative design allow you to easily change seating configurations based on the layout of the performance. Versalite® Staging allows you to easily reconfigure into multi-level stages, runways, graduation stages, speaker platforms, and much more.

Don’t just plan for opening day either. Consider where you see your theatre in one year, five years and even ten years down the road – and think about how this will affect your initial design and equipment decisions.

Tip #2: Know How to Set the Scene

A theatre needs to be the right kind of classy if it is going to be successful. Knowing which kind of fabric to pick out will be critical to your success, as will your decisions on stage lighting and acoustic equipment. Not all lighting and acoustic options will be right for your theatre, and understanding the differences before you make a purchasing decision is vital.

Tip #3: Cheap Equipment Can Ruin Your Theatre

You don’t have to be a technical guru to know when you walk into a low-budget theatre. The lights are dim when they shouldn’t be, the curtain doesn’t have that sheen, and the chairs look worn and need refurbishing. Unless you’re in one of Australia’s oldest theatres, it shouldn’t look like that, and it is usually the product of buying cheap equipment from the start.

It’s important you fit out your theatre with the right kind of equipment from the start. That means getting professional rigging and accessories, the right acoustical equipment, and comfortable seating. Going low quality will just force you to spend more down the road.

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