A solenoid kabuki gag is an impressive special effect that you can add to any type of production or concert. Recently we were delighted to receive a video of one of these amazing occurrences from our client, Eastern Hills Community Church (of Aurora, Colorado). Their brilliant Technical Director and Production Manager Jason West had reached out to us looking for a memorable way for their team to build some excitement during this year’s Easter program. He wanted to create a special reveal using our trustworthy, lightweight, and easy-to-install Kabuki Solenoid Kits for their special Easter production that their in-person and online viewers would talk about for weeks to come. The sheer magnitude of the drop (30’h x 88’w) was pretty dramatic too, and so they needed a system that would be dependable and effective right from the start—there was no room for any errors with this reveal!
They started by using some of our rental clean and smooth White Poly Muslin backdrops to rear project their theatrical lighting and videos onto. Then they used our 25 head Kabu-Key Solenoid System to drop the drapes neatly and evenly to the floor at the perfect moment, revealing the band that had been eagerly waiting to come out and dazzle their parishioners. Utilizing some sensational lighting by the remarkable Lighting Designer David Neteland, they were able to amaze and engage their parishioners with some stunning lighting effects on the drapes themselves, followed by a sensational kabuki drop during their program that truly exhilarated the crowd.
You can see from these spectacular photos provided by Jason Crawford that the drapery fell cleanly and neatly to the stage—producing a breathtaking reveal for everyone watching. Our easy-to-assemble and even easier-to-use kabuki solenoid systems allow you to “reveal, drop and roll” just about any drapery element or backdrop. Have some fun with your audience by using a kabuki drop at your next concert, church production, or trade show special event! We have these systems available for rent, and they can be employed with your own existing backdrop, a new custom backdrop from Sew What?, or one of our beautiful rental backdrops. The sky’s the limit with how you can use one of these fabulous systems!
Jason West and his incredible production team at Eastern Hills did an exceptional job with this special church event, and we couldn’t have been happier to have been a part of it! Check out the video clip to see it live and in action, and don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can help you create an unforgettable reveal at your next special event, too.