Christmas Production: Setting the Stage for Christmas

Chances are you’ll be the only one to notice slight changes that are made to the set, and the audience will still end up being amazed.

Christmas Production: Setting the Stage for Christmas
A set design at Saddleback Church, in Lake Forest, California, is shown in preparation for the upcoming Christmas season.

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The best part of employing such a large group of volunteers, is that the entire church felt connected to the Christmas set, and everyone ended up loving the finished product.

In completing such a project, there will clearly be outside constraints (budgets, design approval, size of the space, manpower), so make sure that you’re allowing enough time to plan, get quotes from vendors, and provide enough time actually do the work to install, program and rehearse.

Things will come up, plans will change — there is only so much that you can do to prepare for the unknown, so make sure you are delegating to others.

It’s OK to cut aspects of your design, if you realize there simply isn’t enough time to do it — and to do it well.

Chances are you’ll be the only one to notice slight changes that are made to the set, and the audience will still end up being amazed.

Lastly, the goal is excellence, not perfection; if volunteers are making your life easier, don’t expect them to produce what you could, as a skilled professional. 

My final piece of advice is something I circle back to every year and encourage others with — let Jesus be the star of Christmas. He is the reason we plan and do all of this work, to gather people and share the Christmas story.

Don’t lose sight of why you do what you do — it will help you maintain joy while in the midst of a busy season. 

 




More About Alex Fuller
Alex Fuller has over 15 years of corporate, church, and live event experience. He spent four years at Saddleback Church before moving his family to northern California this spring. He currently serves Bethel Church and Bethel Music (Redding, California) as the lighting and scenic designer. His passion is to use the technical arts as an extension of worship.
Get in Touch: fullerlights@gmail.com    More by Alex Fuller

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