MINNEAPOLIS (February 9, 2022) – The latest acoustic innovation from Staging Concepts, a leading provider of portable staging solutions and equipment, is proof that big things come in smaller packages. Offering great value and acoustic performance, the new Caprice™ Folding Acoustical Shell Tower is strategically engineered to fit within a standard doorway for convenient transport and easy placement in lower height storage areas. Previewed at the LDI Show in late 2021, Caprice is now widely available for performance venues of all kinds.
“Our new Caprice acoustical shell can be used in performing spaces of any size but is especially ideal for schools, community centers and other facilities with limited storage space, or for venues with acoustic needs in multiple locations within one building or complex,” said Cindy Albrecht, director of sales and marketing for Staging Concepts, a Trex Company. “The tower is engineered to fold down to half its performance height for hassle-free movement through doorways and corridors. It’s a great multi-purpose solution that is easy to maneuver, transport and store.”
Designed with student operators in mind, Caprice is easy and safe to manipulate thanks to a pivoting T-handle control bar and integrated gas spring assistance that engages when folding the unit. As the tower begins to fold down, the gas spring activates to stop the movement and allow for operator clearance before slowly completing its descent. Built with all-aluminum frames, Caprice towers are considerably lighter weight than conventional steel options. Each tower is also equipped with four swivel casters for ease of movement and positioning.
“Whether it’s custodial staff, a student, musical director, or theater technician, moving the Caprice shell is easy and is designed for one-person operation and transport,” noted Albrecht.
The new all-aluminum frame folding tower is available in two heights: 12′ and 16′ tall. When folded, the 12′ high performance shell can fit through a standard 36″ W x 80″ H doorway, while the 16′ shell can fit through a 48″ W x 9’6″ H doorway. Customers can choose between 5′ or 6′ wide acoustical panels with painted or high-pressure laminate (HPL) finish options.
Other features and benefits of Caprice include:
- Locking casters at the rear of the base to ensure the tower remains in place for added safety
- The ability to nest multiple folding towers into one another for even more compact storage
- A simple “no tools required” operation that allows for easy setup by almost any user
Additionally, the size and transportability of the Caprice towers allow for unique performance setups throughout a facility.
“The Caprice Folding Acoustical Shell Tower can be used as a stand-alone product in multi-purpose rooms or gymnasiums, or as part of a full stage system that includes shell ceilings and integrated stage lighting,” noted Albrecht. “Staging Concepts can provide complete theater packages including acoustical shells, orchestra pit fillers, and stage traps customized to meet the needs of any performance space or event.”
In addition to the new Caprice tower, Staging Concepts offers a robust line of acoustic shells that includes the Crescendo™, a flexible system of portable towers and ceiling panels designed to blend and reflect sound energy towards audiences, the Aria™ shell system designed for smaller performance venues, and its top-of-the-line, fully customizable Bravado® full-stage shell.
About Staging Concepts Staging Concepts is a national leader in engineering and producing the most advanced modular, custom portable staging solutions for all types of venues, including performing arts spaces and production companies, sports facilities, worship venues, convention centers, hospitality settings and special events. Since 1990, the company has been committed to elevating the abilities of all people to safely access and enjoy amazing life experiences. Based in Minneapolis, Minn., Staging Concepts is a division of Trex Commercial, Inc., a subsidiary of Trex Company, Inc.