I needed a program that would allow me to create a 3D stage designs that I could visualize the ideas I had in my head. So I started doing some searching on the web. Sure enough! I found a free 3D software by Google called SKETCHUP. This program is amazing! It offers video tutorials online that make it easy to learn. I was able to create the sketch below within about three hours after downloading the program.
In addition to the drawing function, there are also downloadable images such as drum sets, pianos, etc. It's not complete, but as you can see, it creates a very nice 3D model that is completely rotatable in all directions.
I can't wait to start using it with lighting design as well.
The ability to help my pastor visualize my ideas is invaluable. I had discussed my ideas with him before, but when he finally saw it, he immediately got excited and gave me the "go ahead" to make it happen.
Let me know if this is helpful to you or what program you use for stage design at your church.