The production will have many elements, including but not limited to:
- Small dramatic vignettes
- Orchestral music pieces
- Singing Solos
- A twelve-person vocal ensemble
- Several multimedia aspects
For our normal meetings, we've been using IMAG for about two years now, and our congregation has grown comfortable with it (and may I even say dependent on it?). We don't normally use it while we sing, but we have used it on a few performance music numbers, and it has become commonplace during drama elements.
Messiah is intended to be very theatrical, feeling large both musically and in use of the playing space. From that perspective, I would love to skip IMAG, since it will likely shrink people's focus to the screen.
However, over time I have become more and more a proponent of the communication values of IMAG. You can transfer emotion through facial expression and body language to the very back of the room without any effort. Wouldn't that be valuable for this context?
What do you think?