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A Sneak Peek at the West 18th Street Fashion Show’s Backstage at StagePort KC

Finding a backstage space for a fashion show that takes place in the middle of a city street can be tricky, but luckily our friends at  StagePort KC were here to help this year.  StagePort KC is a professional sound stage located in the Crossroads Arts District in downtown Kansas City, within walking distance of where the West 18th Street Fashion Show is held. Jon Trozzolo, StagePort’s general manager invited the West 18th Street Fashion Show to use StagePort as our dress rehearsal and backstage space, and it was the perfect fit. People are always asking how our production works, so we thought we would share some behind-the-scenes photos and info with you.The 12,500 square foot sound stage complex was once used to manufacture postal carrier bags, and required a lot of creative planning to turn the space into three stages designed for optimal sound quality. In addition to the three sound stages, there are several lounge and common areas, a spacious and well-lit dressing room, and a full kitchen with coffee that’s always available. Our models loved the dressing area!Our dress rehearsal took place in the 5,000 square foot StagePort event space. In all, there were about 150 people present including producers, musicians, the show emcees, plus all the designers and their models practicing on a fake “runway” which we taped on the floor. It was wonderful to have enough space to accommodate our needs and our extra-large production size.

5,000 sq. foot space where our rehearsal magic happened!

Another angle of the event space.

Meeting area between the hair/makeup area and the event space.

The hair and makeup area was used for the rehearsal and the day of the show.

The hair & makeup area is well-lit and has adjustable chairs, as well as plenty of counter space and changing rooms. Photo by Landon Vonderschmidt Photography

On the day of the show, we used Stage A as our backstage area. The largest of the three stages, Stage A has two rooms directly off the stage that can act as a green room and a conference room.  It also features a large loading dock which is convenient for production equipment. For our needs, it became the prep area for our 18 designers and their models.

The designers had plenty of room to spread out in the 40' x 50' Stage A. Photo by Landon Vonderschmidt Photography

Stage A has a huge green screen area perfect for film/video projects. Photo by Landon Vonderschmidt Photography

The three stages are available for hourly, daily or weekly rates depending on which stage fits your project’s needs. You can even schedule your space online by clicking here.Thank you again to Jon Trozzolo and the StagePort staff for being so helpful and accommodating. We look forward to working with you again in 2013!

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