Stage, lighting and sound
Our parent's association is keen to sort us out some decent audio / visual equipment for the various school productions that go on during the year - school plays, nativity plays, end-of-term speeches, X-Factor style talent contests, etc. The budget is likly to be around £5,000 - £10,000 - we want to avoid having to hire equipmnt in. I'm thinking to set up a stage in the corner of our main hall - the area is currently used mainly as storage and, properly arranged, is a decent-sized area. We already have some wodden trestle staging which we can add to to make a full stage, we'll then need to add lights and sound.
I've discussed in a couple of threads already about the various issues we've been having with sound, so now I need to consider lighting. My current plan is to set up the stage with a truss unit at the front and back that we can hang lighting off, and then have a central light fitting in our hall, also with lights. Are these kinds of things appropriate:
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LED-based stage lights with DMX controls? Are there any better / different lighting control systems around? I'm thinking of around 12 lights on the central fitting (3 pointing in each direction) and probably 6 on each of the front and back trusses on the stage. Does that sound like enough?