Prayer in the Square
This was the third and final year of Prayer in the Square. Marlyn Productions was proud to be the production managers for all of the three years.
On September 20, 2009 thousands of people representing churches and ministries of all denominations gathered in Times Square to pray for one hour and to listen to the 300-person choir. They heard Ministers, Pastors and Mayor Bloomberg.
Marlyn Productions was there for the third year in a row to stage and broadcast the event. Putting up a stage for a full band with a choir, an area to preach from and making sure it was seen and heard by 20,000 people in times square and 35 countries as far away as Cook Island in the South Pacific.
Working closely with the architects the city and permitting office we where once again able to accomplish this within budget.
The challenges this year was to be able to figure out how we make this successful with the changes the city has made to the area. Turning Broadway into a pedestrian mall we where not able to close 7th Ave, This would mean all the traffic would cross between the audience and the stage where 7th Ave and Broadway cross. Not acceptable. We hade to move the event from Military Island uptown to 46th Street to ensure a good audience experience. Moving meant that it did not make sense to tie our video system into the “Jumbotron’ in Times Square. It also meant that we had to work with a new police precinct. Relearning there needs and wants.
Instead of the Times Square video screen we brought our own LED screen and where able to design a surround with the idea of selling it back to the video vendor. They will be able to use it on the screen any time with different branding on a hard surface or a mesh for windy locations. This made it a win, win situation for all involved. The Client spent less and the video company walked away with a scenic solution for their screen.
To include the other 15,000 people who would not see the main screen we added LED delay screens & Audio delayed speakers along Broadway. To do this we did it via microwave saving miles of cable. To include the rest of the Globe we utilized the same microwave to send back to the Times Square Church, where in their control room has the infrastructure to do a live webcast to the rest of the world,
We thank Loretta Busch for inviting Marlyn to be part of their mission.
people from across the country of different denominations and backgrounds come together in their shared vision of a better world and their belief in the power of prayer to make a positive impact on us all.