Super easy stage design:
1. Built stands out of lumber and nails (2×4) and painted them black.

2. Also bought scrap lumber from Menards.  They had the wood in bundles of about 20.  The consistency was like a yard stick but they were not as consistent as a yard stick.  We painted the “yard sticks” and screwed them to the black vertical 2x4s at a consistent distance apart.

3. We’ve had these up for two series. The first series was all symmetrically horizontal and the second was all just crisscrossed.

We lit the stands with 16 Chauvet COLORdash Batten TRI

We had an awesome volunteer at our church build the stands for free and the lumber, nails & screws were less than $50.