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25 06, 2019

Church’s Easter Production Exhilarates Parishioners With Extraordinary Kabuki Drop

By |June 25th, 2019|Clients, Products, Projects|1 Comment

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.

17 07, 2018

Spectacular Kabuki Reveal Thrills Crowd At Lavish Party

By |July 17th, 2018|Products, Projects|1 Comment

We simply LOVE getting to see footage of our rental and custom draperies “in action” out in the world, dazzling audiences far and wide during every type of special event, concert, production, performance, church show, and conference that you can imagine. When our clients share videos and photos of our rental and custom theatrical drapery products with us (and also allow us to share them with our other clients to help give inspiration for other similar events), it always makes our day!

Not long ago one of our incredibly inventive and artistic clients, BP Major (from Major Creative), came to us to help him find a way for he and his team to help “hide” the stunning property that they were hoping to conceal until the very last moment of WOW!…But he also wanted to be sure that the drape didn’t “darken” the event’s overall bright, stylish, and immaculate motif, either. He needed something that would be completely opaque, easy to set up, simple to operate, and still look absolutely marvelous to the crowd, both before and while curtain dropped.

He ended up choosing one of our crisp and clean 23’h x 40’w White Poly Muslin kabuki-ready backdrops with our 10 head Kabu-Key Solenoid System for this big reveal. He set it all up in a very clever location on-site to better disguise some of the fabulous features of this upscale and utterly gorgeous ANR Signature Collection property being presented at his high-end, lavish party. As you can see, the video he shared with us was truly fantastic, and we were beyond delighted that it assisted in making the festivities a huge success. Contact one of our rental representatives today so that we can help you find the perfect drapery and theatrical products for your upcoming one-of-a-kind events, too.

4 06, 2018

Kabuki Solenoid System Truly Astounds Spectators At Dance Competition

By |June 4th, 2018|Products, Projects|1 Comment

One of the most popular—and dramatic—special effects that our clients love to use time and time again for their special “reveals” are our rental Kabuki Solenoid Systems. Extremely straightforward to set up and execute, all you have to do is hang your soft goods from our solenoid heads, press a button, and watch the audience go wild when the drapes drop to the floor in a spectacular moment of flair. This is often used to reveal the band or some other wonderful surprise that has been hiding on stage the whole time. Originally these systems were primarily used for bands on stage wanting to add some excitement to an opening number…or be used as an effective way to add some “punch” to a special song. We have been renting these systems out for years in that capacity. However, more and more they are being requested to be used for special events and productions that we never would have imagined!

Our innovative clients at USC Zeher Dance Group recently rented our system for a series of dance performances at competitions that helped them with an important aspect of their truly unique AV program, which wholly captivated their audiences. Utilizing our lightweight, easy-to-install, and highly dependable 6-head Kabu-Key Solenoid System, they used our kabuki kit to drop some of their own soft goods during a powerful and exciting part of the dance troupe’s performance, much to the amazement and delight of the hundreds of people watching at the competition. These kits are affordable to be used at all kinds of shows and special events, and can also be shipped anywhere in the country. They are a surefire way to make a completely unforgettable experience for your audience, as you can see in the video clip below. Our rental solenoid systems can be used with your own draperies, or you can use one of our kabuki-ready rental drapes or custom-built curtains for your unique event. Let our team of theatrical drapery experts help you design an incredible stage design at your upcoming exceptional production, too!

3 04, 2018

Inspiration Is Truly In The Eye Of The Beholder

By |April 3rd, 2018|Clients, Company, Education, links, News, Products, Projects|1 Comment

Inspiration — it helps motivate us to be our best, do our best, act our best, and put forth the very best that we each have to offer the world. The definition of inspiration is “the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something; particularly to do something creative.” But what inspires you may not inspire the next individual…. It is probably one of the most subjective concepts you can think of, and yet–in this industry especially—it is definitely one of the most important, too.

This is why we here at Sew What?/Rent What? Inc. offer a variety of ways to help spark our clients’ imaginations. Some stage and event designers like to look at photos of theatrical draperies out in “real world” situations, which is why we have some fabulous examples of our drapes in a ton of Flickr photo albums and galleries to meet their every drapery desire. They can also explore our company Pinterest and Instagram pages to see some great examples of event and stage designs, and learn about some ingenious ways for us to help them create a similar look for their own special events.

Others may do better by seeing video of the drapes and designs moving across their screen, as it helps them better imagine how the drapery and stage embellishments might look for their own creative projects. Therefore we offer a variety of different videos showcasing our rental and custom curtains on our very own YouTube channel.

Some may prefer to see simple swatches of fabric or written data on their computer screen, and let their imagination run wild with that information. If so, they can check out our e-swatches and white papers on our website (and read this blog, of course) to gain valuable information and insight as to what type of fabric, cut, style, and substrate might work best to create the right look at their own unique event, venue, or production.

And sometimes it’s as simple as being a little “social” and going to one of our many social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+. These sites are a fantastic way to easily gather information about some of our recent projects, converse with employees and other clients regarding ideas for original stage designs, and read helpful advice, suggestions, and ideas on how to they can better work within their budget, actual space dimensions, or possible time limitations. We are here in a myriad of ways for our clients—just let us know how we can better help to inspire YOU, too!

20 06, 2017

Church Electrifies Crowd With Exciting Kabuki Drop

By |June 20th, 2017|Products, Projects|1 Comment

Some of the biggest, most exciting stage productions taking place on stages right now are at churches all over the country. No longer are the days where parishioners sit quietly with their hands folded, listening to a pious person at the pulpit lecturing them on “all of their sins from the past week.” Nowadays these grand churches have larger than life shows, productions, and concerts that seek to truly excite their audiences, and fully inspire them to lead their best lives possible. And they are now showcasing some of the most dynamic stage designs, audio visual effects, and live musical performances ever experienced.


We love being a part of these special events, and providing our customers with soft goods and theatrical stage supplies to help them create the most exhilarating shows imaginable. Recently we got to work with owner Mark Mealy and the creative folks at LightSound Productions. For over 30 years, they have been designing and providing audio, video, and lighting production and installation services at special events for churches, schools, graduation ceremonies, concerts, and everything in between. For this special occasion, they wanted something really dramatic to showcase a “reveal” at a local church’s Sunday services, and decided to use one of our dependable rental Kabuki Solenoid drapery release systems to truly surprise their audience. Starting with one of our rental 23’h x 40’w White Poly Muslin backdrop to project their video onto, they then used our 10 head Kabu-Key Solenoid kit to drop the drape cleanly and evenly to the floor at the perfect moment, revealing the band that had been eagerly waiting to come out and dazzle their audience.

Easy to install, quick to ship, and affordable to be used at ANY special event, our rental Kabuki Solenoid Kits are a surefire way to make a memorable experience for your audiences, as you can see in the video clip below. LightSound did an exceptional job with this special church event, and we couldn’t have been happier to have been a part of it! Let our team of drapery experts help you design an incredible stage design at your next big special event or production, too.