Staging Concepts Custom Acoustic and Staging Equipment Maximizes Function and Flexibility in New High School Performing Arts Complex


Located in the northeast suburb of Dallas, Texas, Melissa High School offers many creative opportunities for students to exercise their ingenuity as performers through fine arts programs such as band, choir, and drama.

Recognizing the importance and growing popularity of these disciplines, as well as the potential to host events such as the University Interscholastic League (UIL) competitions, the school recently underwent a dramatic renovation and expansion which included the addition of a new 65,000 square foot theatre. artistic complex.

At the center of the new complex is a 1,000-seat auditorium featuring an expanded stage and state-of-the-art acoustic system designed by the Minneapolis-based company Staging concepts, a Trex company with over 30 years of experience as an industry leader in the design and engineering of stage equipment. Working in tandem with theater consultant Schuler Shook, Staging Concepts custom designed a versatile and acoustically flexible installation to support the school’s various visual, musical and theater productions.

To ensure optimal acoustics, the company designed a fully customizable system using its high-end Bravado® acoustic shell. Ideal for use in larger performance spaces, this full-stage system features aluminum alloy towers comprised of movable panel wings that lock into place. The Melissa High School system consists of four shell towers and three rows of acoustical ceiling panels with integrated lighting. The flexible system can be customized and reconfigured for different events and activities. The school graduation ceremony, for example, may require a full hull system setup, while preparing for a student play may involve slight modifications to adjust the range and system scale.

Additionally, the towers’ lightweight design makes transporting and storing them easy and efficient. Suspended ceiling panels feature a motorized operating mechanism for effortless transition from performance position to storage mode.

“We designed this system to be adjustable and portable, knowing that student crew members would likely be involved in the process,” said Cindy Albrecht, director of sales and marketing at Staging Concepts. “The modular components also allow schools to optimize the usability of their performing arts spaces by quickly rearranging them to meet the needs of different types of functions, from group practices and choral concerts to seasonal plays and live performances. solo.”

Staging Concepts also developed a custom stage extension for the installation, partnering with its industry leader SC90® Platforms with specially designed facade panels. Ten platform sections, each with its own custom size and shape, were designed to perfectly fit the theater’s existing stage footprint and feature an attractive convex front profile. Fascia panels along the proscenium have been specially designed with a perforated pattern to conceal equipment stored below the stage, creating a clean and ornamental look while effectively maximizing space. In keeping with the flexible design theme, the front panels can be easily removed for quick access to equipment when needed.

In addition to the new auditorium, Melissa High School’s performing arts complex includes a lobby, rehearsal spaces, classrooms, rooms to do live recordings, stage shops and backstage to support productions. .

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About staging concepts

Staging Concepts, a Trex company, designs and produces the most advanced modular and custom portable staging solutions for all types of venues, including performing arts spaces and production companies, sports facilities, places of worship, convention centers, hospitality venues and special events. Since 1990, the company has been committed to elevating the abilities of all people to safely access and enjoy incredible life experiences. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Staging Concepts is a division of Trex Commercial, Inc., a subsidiary of Trex Company, Inc. For more information, visit

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