Chauvet Fixtures Resurrect Kansas Church

Photography: Emmalee Schaumburg

The Church of the Resurrection-Downtown is the first new house of worship to open in Missouri’s largest city in over 80 years.

The $10.2 million structure has a flexible LED stage lighting system, designed and installed by Stark Raving Solutions, the fighting rig features a broad collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures.

Stark Raving Solutions approached its design for the church’s new downtown building with the idea of putting people over technology.

David Sisney of Stark Raving Solutions said: “Ultimately the technology disappears and congregants are able to experience a transformational opportunity without really thinking about that technology, this meant creating a complete and flexible theatrical lighting system capable of handling any kind of event, from worship to meetings, to complete concerts.”

For stage washing, Stark Raving Solutions relied on 22 COLORado 1 Solo and eight Ovation E-910FC fixtures. Hung on three stage electrics and two side positions, the COLORado units serve as the primary stage wash fixtures. There are eight Ovation E-910FC ellipsoidals on the rig, these fixtures are hung on two downstage electrics a used for front washing and spotlighting.

Uplighting of the upstage drapery is provided by eight COLORdash Par-Quad 7 fixtures. Accent lighting on the stage and throughout the entire room is provided by four Rogue RH1 Hybrid and an equal number of Rogue R2 Wash fixtures.

Kenny Decoursey, Tech and Arts Facilities Director, explained: “We have four Rogue Wash fixtures positioned over the stage and four Rogue Hybrid fixtures on our first house electric, both fixture groups give us the ability to create special lighting looks, texture, and movement that enhance the worship experience and complement the various architectural elements of the room.”

Kenny added: “Installing moving fixtures in the church not only brings a heightened level of production to our services, but they also provide nearly unlimited flexibility in how what, and where we direct light.

“In a room that is used for a variety of events and not just one purpose, flexibility is key and moving fixtures are what provide that with fewer fixtures.”