Carrie Underwood is currently in the midst of her Storyteller Tour, her first trek to employ a 360-degree in-the-round stage. The production and choreography that goes into presenting the concert, with all its hydraulic lifts, set pieces and moving parts, requires Underwood to have laser-like focus onstage. In this behind-the-scenes gallery, she shares a glimpse of how she prepares for each concert stop and what went into planning the tour.
"You have ideas and feel your way through it. Sometimes something can seem like a great idea on paper and once you get out there, you're like, 'Eh, that didn't really work or that was weird,'" Underwood tells Rolling Stone Country. "But we wanted to make sure everybody got a great show, no matter where they were. That's super unique about being in the round. It maximizes interaction with the audience."