Fitting Out a School Hall.

Brisbane-based company Behind The Scenes is celebrating 25 years in the staging industry.

The company sets up performance spaces, bringing together all the sound, staging and lighting fit outs.

One recent happy customer is Highfields State School, just north of Toowoomba.

After an initial phone call, and exchange of plans, a site meeting was held with the project team.

Behind The Scenes made suggestions to improve the design and budget, assisted by data, photos and case studies from its 25 years’ experience of school hall installations.

This installation covered all aspects of the performance space including stage lighting, audio, drapes and AV, a pipe suspension grid above the stage and dip traps in the stage floor. All facets of the project were combined in a totally holistic manner. Being a multipurpose venue, careful consideration was needed to protect the audio visual equipment from ball sports.

Gregory Tucker, Deputy Principal from Highfields State School said, "It was so great to be able to work with one company that could bring all our stage, sound, lighting and multimedia needs together. Their knowledge and expertise ensured that our finished product is exactly what we wanted and the follow up support enables us to utilise this great facility to its maximum potential."

Throughout the process, Behind The Scenes provided technical support and assistance to the school. As licensed electrical contractors themselves, the team was able to liaise with the project electricians and the builder to ensure the theatrical elements of the design were fully integrated with the architectural elements.

Behind The Scenes Director Grant Black says ongoing support is an integral part of the service the company offers. “Our relationship with a school doesn’t end on the completion of the building,” Mr Black says. “Since completion of the project, a mid-hall curtain was added to allow a more ‘intimate mode’ when seating an audience.

“We provide ongoing support with a full maintenance program designed specifically for the school. This includes technical training, consumables and the reassuring assistance over the phone to ensure they get the most out of their venue now and in the future.”