We are about to embark on the process of convincing our school officials that our auditorium stage floor should be painted black, as well as the walls surrounding the apron of the stage. I have attached a photo illustrating the proposed blackness for the stage. As you can see in the photo the stage floor is a glossy sealed wood floor and the surround is currently painted white. I have started this thread to gather the opinions of others involved in our field as to why the stage floor and surround should be painted black. By gathering the opinions of others I hope to reinforce our argument. My primary argument is that the current state of the auditorium is very distracting from the performances that we put on there, primarily because of the severity of the light bouncing off the floor and off the walls surrounding the stage apron. I would appreciate any opinions or corroborations on this feeling you might be able to offer. If you have any photos illustrating these ideas in your space please post them! I know there are other posts on what types of paints to use and how to apply them but any comments pertinent to painting a stage floor for the first time would also be appreciated (suggested preparation techniques, etc). Thank you!