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The Miss USA® Competition

Creating the stage environments for one of America’s leading pageants

The Miss USA® Competition

Creating the stage environments for one of America’s leading pageants

Normally a local company isn’t chosen to provide major services for The Miss USA® Competition, a broadcast that now reaches approximately 70 countries and territories.

But when Donald Trump decided to bring one of America’s leading pageants to Louisiana, Solomon Group got the call.

Our task?  Provide the fabrication and scenic artistry services needed to help transform the Baton Rouge River Center into a stage environment fit for … well, royalty.

Working alongside the show’s production designers Shaffner/Stewart, our Fabrication Department went to work bringing several different sets and scenic elements to life for the internationally televised competition.

The producers envisioned stage sets for the pageant that would reflect the unique architecture and culture of south Louisiana.  Solomon Group created a pair of French Quarter-style building facades complete with “wrought iron” balconies, which were cut from PVC using our CNC router, painted and distressed to look authentic.

We also built a beautiful gazebo that was used during the swimsuit portion of the competition.  But perhaps the most memorable and playful pieces of Solomon Group’s work could be seen during the opening of the show, as all 51 contestants took the stage aboard two Mardi Gras-style “floats” to kick-off the 2014 Miss USA Competition.

For Solomon Group, it was a unique opportunity to showcase the type of work our team can create for a live television event.

The 2014 Miss USA® Competition aired live from the Baton Rouge River Center in Louisiana on June 8th, 8/7c on NBC.

What We did

  • Scenic Design + Custom Fabrication
  • Project Management
  • CNC Design + Fabrication
  • High-End Finishing
  • Integrated Scenic Lighting + Effects
  • Installation