LOCATION: USA tour
PROJECT TYPE: Music tour
JEREMY THOM DESIGNS ROLE: Project designer
"How Sweet the Sound" was a televised national touring Gospel competition which traveled to arenas nationwide and pitted up to a dozen local church choirs against each other in a variety of different size categories with the winners re-convening at a 'final' show at the end of the tour. The choirs varied from less than 10 members up to about 80 and the stage was designed accordingly. Each choir had a band who occupied a downstage pit with a d/s thrust with stairs into the audience. The panel of judges were at stage left on a revolving dais. All softgoods were tensile vinyl 'sails' to provide a surface for wide screen projection across the backdrops. This imagery was the visual mainstay of the event and became increasingly complex and inventive as the years moved forward. The stage was built as a rolling deck constructed at the far end of the arena floor whilst the trusses and softgoods were rigged. The entire stage build took approximately 3 hours.