Bought premium black paint to cover the 380 sq ft or the stage, laid it on and it didn't quite cover as I expected. Thinking I may do a second layer of some not quite so expensive black paint. Maybe a semi gloss on the second coat. You can see the ply grain through the premium paint, at least on the last few sectons where I was stretching the paint. The platforms are so light weight that they are easily moved, so I have to tie them together so they stay put. I was thinking of adding a long cable from side to side to help keep it lined up in the center.
It is a BIG stage.
I'm thinking of making the theatrical flat frames a little more solid than I thought at first, with a short segment (18 inches wide, that sits on or beside the stage that would act as a brace for the other segments, which will be set at a 90 degree angle. If it's set up to be permanent, I can then run bracing back to the building's back wall, which will make the rest of the flats more stable. Will have to move the two side projectors and screens forward because they're partially obscured by the flats now. The other option is to make shorter side flats so you can still see the side screens. The Church uses the side screens, but we won't.
I'll have to check in with them on moving the projectors and screens. Another option would be to add the screens to the top of the short flats. That gives more room to hide tall actors backstage, waiting to go on.
I gave four theatrical lights to the community theater, but they're not using them, so I think I'll ask for the back so I don't have to buy a new set. Also have to pull the HDMI cable through, under the stage to connect with our laptop.
This is a very tiring project for me, but very satisfying as well. I think one of the secrets of living a long life is to keep putting things, projects, trips, events, etc, out into your future. I recall that when I died on that plane, that I made a choice to sink into it. I have had that feeling a time or two since, but interrupted it by moving or just waking up. I think you can use that to stick around. I do like it here, and you can't be sure if after this ends, whether you're taking the elevator up, or down. LOL