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28 05, 2019

Combination Of Mylar Rain Curtains And Stardrop LED Drapes Dazzle Theater Audience

By |May 28th, 2019|News|1 Comment

We love our remarkable clients all over the globe—both big and small—but are especially thrilled when we get to help local productions put on a truly phenomenal show. Helping provide them with gorgeous, versatile, and user-friendly specialty rental stage curtains can sometimes really help boost an already fantastic concert, production, musical, or other special event design right over to true excellence!

Recently we were very pleased to work with the exceptional Set Designer Brian Cole and visionary Director Rachel Snow-Fornari of Alhambra High School’s Moors Thespians. This renowned high school theatre department was putting on a production of Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb, and John Kander’s legendary “jazz and corruption” musical Chicago, with a brilliant group of talented students and support staff producing each element of this celebrated musical’s stage design from scratch.

Needing rental curtains for several key scenes in the production, Brian and Rachel decided to start by renting some of our dazzling 23’h x 10’w Silver Mylar Rain Curtains. Completely electrifying, these drapes took any color that their lighting designers splashed onto them, and helped add glamour, excitement, and energy to every scene they were in. From our Oh So Swanky Rental Drapery Collection, we have this style of scintillating silver drapery in both 10’h and 23’h sizes to fit most stages.

Next, they knew that this musical’s storyline wanted to convey several scenes as taking place outside under a clear, crisp night sky… So, they chose to use one of our Classic LED Stardrop rental drapes, too. Rich, velvety, deep black velour curtains with blue-white bright LED lights sewn right into them, these Stardrop drapes are a favorite for all types of productions. With full control over the intensity, speed, and duration of the “twinkle”, you can create the exact look of a beautiful starry sky right in the comfort of your indoor venue—no matter the weather outside. Available in both Classic LED and RGB Chameleon, and with grommets and ties on all four sides of the drapes, these adaptable curtains can be used on a multitude of stage sizes, styles, and designs.

Not only did their custom stage design look absolutely stunning, but the kids also did a tremendous job with the acting, singing, dancing, and choreography too (thanks to their incredible choreographer Tess Johnson). And to top it all off, The National Youth Arts Foundation bestowed upon them four major awards in this year’s 14th Annual National Youth Arts Awards ceremony (including Outstanding Ensemble, and Outstanding Lead and Supporting Lead in a Musical), and they were also nominated for 5 others. With more than 700 productions considered for these awards spanning 17 states, Canada, and the UK, these enormously prestigious commendations rightfully honored Alhambra High School’s students and staff for all of their hard work and efforts on this magnificent production.

With superb photos taken by event photographer Richard Chambers, you can see how flawlessly they utilized both stage curtains for this show—sometimes using them individually, and other times layering them with one another for an especially memorable look. Rent What? was extremely happy for all of their accolades, and are genuinely looking forward to working with Brian, Rachel, and the rest of the team at Alhambra HS on more of their upcoming productions, too. Let us also help support you with some captivating rental or custom-made stage curtains for your next big show, concert, production, concert tour, or any other special event that you have coming up, too.

22 05, 2019

Lighting Designers Masterfully Use Lower-Height Austrian Zip-Walls For Tour

By |May 22nd, 2019|Products, Projects|1 Comment

We absolutely love it when our clients are able to use our gorgeous rental specialty drapes for all kinds of their special events and shows. Nothing is better than when we hear from the designers that our rental curtains worked out fabulously with their design vision. Earlier this spring we were thrilled to work with Will Succoso, the brilliant mastermind behind the exceptional Lighting Design by William Succoso. Working as the lighting and set designer for a mini-tour of the incredibly talented American band trio of singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalists, I’m With Her, Will wanted to “check several boxes” for these rental curtains….He needed rental drapes that would be travel-and-tour-friendly, lightweight, easy to hang, help reflect theatrical lighting beautifully, and still be within the band’s overall harmonious and bluesy vibe.

Copyright Brian Stowell

He decided to use some of our charming and picturesque Silver Textura Austrian Zip-Wall drapes. These lovely curtains from our Timeless and Traditional Rental Drapery Collection take on numerous shades of colorful lighting so exquisitely, and add alluring drama and excitement to any sort of stage design. Used in everything from special events, orchestral performances, wedding receptions, and anywhere else you might have a lower-height venue that you still want to look spectacular. These 12’h x 10’w Austrian Zip-Walls can either be zipped together to create a stunning seamless backdrop, or can be used as independent legs to add texture and depth to existing staging. This durable, IFR fabric is semi-opaque but still amazingly lightweight, and plays with theatrical lighting superbly.

Copyright Brian Stowell

Offering this style and size of drape in both White and Silver Textura, we have something you can use for all types of events. You can see just how eye-catching the drapes looked on this tour with these wonderful photos by their gifted band photographer Brian Stowell. Will and his lighting team did such a remarkable job with this tour’s dynamic lighting scheme, and we were truly impressed with how striking their complete stage design turned out. We’d love to help you build the perfect stage design for your next special event or concert—contact one of our drapery specialists today for ideas, suggestions, and options of our rental drapes that you can utilize today!

(Check out more photos of the tour on our new Flickr gallery, showcasing some very gifted photographers from across the country.)

7 05, 2019

SW Staff Kick Start Into Spring With Holiday Celebration

By |May 7th, 2019|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

As you very well may know by now, the SW? family truly enjoys celebrating each and every holiday that comes around. We’ve found that it’s not only an excellent way for us to connect and bond with one another in a more social environment, but it’s also a great way to blow off some ‘mid-day’ steam, too! And what better way to do that than playing games with our colleagues and having a mouthwatering dessert?

We were recently ecstatic to celebrate Easter with one another right here at the SW warehouse in sunny Southern California. Fabulously arranged by our new receptionist extraordinaire, Nicole Smythe, we were offered an assortment of the most adorable spring-time holiday cupcakes you could ever imagine. Looking almost too cute to eat, we found out that they were also absolutely scrumptious, too.

Sitting in a circle, Nicole then had everyone chose a colorful, festive plastic Easter Egg–round and round–until they were all gone. Much to the staff’s delight, each little holiday egg was filled with either delicious candy or $2 bills— both of which everyone was thrilled to receive, with some employees laughing and trading their spoils with one another to get the treat they wanted. What a fun way to spend part of our afternoon, and a great vibe to start off a beautiful holiday weekend with loved ones.