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6 08, 2019

Sparkling Classic LED Drape Enchants Audiences For Theater Production

By |August 6th, 2019|Products, Projects|1 Comment

Fashioning a gorgeous “starry sky” effect for your indoor church production, concert/tour, holiday party, wedding reception, or convention/trade show is one of the easiest and most effective ways to give your audience a truly memorable event design. Adding this distinctive touch to your event design can make all the difference in the world with helping create that kind of cool, crisp, nighttime ambiance to your own special event, all in the comfort of your indoor, climate-controlled venue.

Recently we were contacted by the fantastic Production Stage Manager Dennis O’Brien, who was working for the Springfield Municipal Opera in Springfield, Illinois. They wanted to create a gorgeous “Starry Night Sky” for their springtime production of Peter Pan, and we knew that one of our Classic Stardrop LED rental curtains would be outstanding for this play’s iconic look. The twinkly, blinking bluish-white LED lights affixed on a bed of rich velvety black IFR Encore Velour gave them the perfect appearance of a starry night sky for several key scenes in their play.

Provided with a DMX controller to allow you to use with your own dimmer light board, as well as extremely easy-to-follow instructions to use with the on-drapery controller, our stunning rental drapes can be operated both on-stage or through your dimmer board–making them a staging and lighting designer’s dream come true. Being able to regulate the speed and intensity of the sparkling lights help you to create a one-of-a-kind look each and every time you operate these drapes.

Our rental theatrical Classic Stardrop LED curtains are especially versatile because you can rotate them so that each side can be either the height or width. Available in both 30’x7’ and 30’x15’ sizes, these drapes have ties along both sides…so we are sure to find a rental drape that will fit your specific stage’s unique larger or smaller dimensions impeccably, too.

Photographed spectacularly by Donna Lounsbury, you can see how picture-perfect this drape looked with the production’s exceptional stage sets, radiant lighting motif, and marvelous costumes. With brilliant direction by Elizabeth Cheney, outstanding choreography by Anna Bussing Maisenbacher, genuinely impressive flight direction by Josh Maisenbacher, and a team of incredibly talented actors on stage, this was a production that their captivated audiences won’t soon forget! Contact one of our helpful account managers here at Rent What? Inc., and we will be delighted to help you find the ideal drapery for your upcoming concert, production, or special event, too.

15 07, 2019

Creative Blend Of Rental Drapes Help To Build A Spectacular Stage

By |July 15th, 2019|Clients, Products, Projects|1 Comment

Sometimes the most remarkable staging can come to life beautifully when you are able to “let go” of a strict, rigid design scheme, and allow for a more “fluid” style of design instead. Multiple venues on a tour can mean many different sized stages, prosceniums, and audiences—so having drapes that can be flexible and versatile is absolutely crucial to being able to arrange your stage’s layout successfully from show to show. Furthermore, combining fabrics from multiple Specialty Rental Drapery Collections is an easy and fabulous way to build a completely unique and memorable look, time and time again.

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A stunning example of these concepts is the incredible tour design fashioned for the unparalleled Joe Jackson Four Decades Tourwith unforgettable concerts for this legendary English musician and Grammy Winning singer-songwriter taking place around the globe (from January of this year straight through until the Fall). With brilliant people like world-renowned Lighting Director Chaz Martin and the truly remarkable Tour Manager Keith Anderson creating the overall stage appearance for this tour, we knew that the outcome of this design would be nothing less than extraordinary.

Joe Jackson Show at the Neptune

Starting with some striking Pewter Textura pre-pleated drapery legs from our Timeless and Traditional Collection, they were able to swag and swathe their stage with gorgeous strips of shimmery, metallic shades of silver. With Chaz’s skillfull handiwork, this lightweight, IFR, tour-friendly fabric showcases his outstanding theatrical colorful lighting like a dream, helping to further delight and excite their eager audiences from one song to the next. Next, Keith wanted to also enhance the stage’s look with some additional texture and a pop of vibrant color by adding a magnificent Red Supervel Swagged Border and a couple Red Supervel pleated drapery legs from our Rockin’ Red Drapery Collection. These distinguished curtains framed the stage in a truly exceptional way. This velvety IFR material was the perfect complement for the vibe of the tour, and since it has an almost “crushed” nap to it is not only exceedingly tour friendly but also is able to be lit up with colorful theatrical lighting elements just as splendidly as the Textura is.

Joe Jackson Show at the Neptune

Because each venue has a slightly different size and shape to it, their tour design team is being ultra-creative with the fashion to which they are swagging and festooning their stages….giving each audience an entirely one-of-a-kind experience. Check out our new Flickr gallery from some pretty talented band photographers to see just how dazzling and impressive these stage designs have turned out.  We have been sincerely privileged to work with Chaz and Keith on this monumental tour (and on previous Joe Jackson tours for several years now), and are always eager to see what outstanding stage design concept they come up with next. We’d love to assist you with coming up with a distinct look for your own upcoming special event motif, too—contact one of our sales reps today to find out which rental curtain, custom drape, or perhaps a combination of both will help your design vision become a reality!

Joe Jackson Show at the Neptune

1 07, 2019

Golden Drapes Help Enhance The Warm Ambiance Of Stage Design

By |July 1st, 2019|Clients, Products, Projects|1 Comment

It is always truly wonderful when we see our creative clients utilizing our rental drapery in a fashion that is just perfect for their own personal stage design. We love it when our curtains are able to give our clients’ event and production designs the right mood, the right look, the right texture, and the right overall ambiance. Recently we were thrilled to work with immensely skilled Production Manager Travis Bing, who was helping to craft some elements of the stage design for the 6 time Grammy, 4 time CMA, and 3 time ACM winning country star Kacey Musgraves’ highly anticipated international “Oh, What A World: Tour II”. Her shows were going to include both independent concerts around the US, Caribbean, Mexico and Canada, as well as performances at music festivals across the country all year long.

Kacey Musgraves - Palace Theatre St. Paul

Known for a progressive style, powerful ballads, and expertly crafted original song lyrics, Kacey really wanted a look for her tour that would be genuinely warm and inviting to her audiences (of all sizes). However, Travis and his team still wanted something versatile enough that they could light them up differently so that each segment of her show would appear completely unique and fresh. So they decided to use some of our gorgeous and velvety rental Gold Supervel Pleated Drapery legs. With these 23’h x 10’w panels (from our Timeless and Traditional Rental Collection), they would have the flexibility to create the same type of appearance for their stage, no matter how grand or intimate it might be. Lightweight yet durable, easy to hang, and effortless to tour with, these rental drapes were exactly what they were looking for.

Kacey Musgraves - Palace Theatre St. Paul MN 2/2/2019

As you can see from these images, the combination of brilliant lighting schemes, engaging décor, and of course with the talented artist and her band up front and center, this tour’s stage design turned out absolutely breathtaking…..Sincere, warmhearted, beautiful, and memorable, just like Kacey herself. You can check out a few more fabulous photos taken by a handful of exceptionally gifted band photographers on our new Flickr Gallery. We were so delighted to be a part of this show’s look, and would love to help you build a gorgeous stage for your upcoming tour, special event, and theatrical production, 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.

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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.)

30 04, 2019

Aluminum Metal Mesh Drapes Help Build Dynamic Rock Tour Stage Design

By |April 30th, 2019|Clients, Products, Projects|1 Comment

Our clients have quickly come to realize that Aluminum Metal Mesh drapes are a fantastic option for ALL kinds of stage designs, and that they add “electricity” to numerous types of occasions—and not JUST at rock concerts and tours anymore (but they are absolutely perfect suited for those, too).  Events ranging widely–from Barbershop Harmony and Christmas orchestral concerts, to school productions, corporate events, and video shoots–these striking theatrical curtains have something that will completely dazzle everyone who lays eyes on them.

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We were thrilled to work with gifted Tour Manager Eric Frankhouser and his amazing team of stage designers and producers for the Eels Tour last summer. He was looking for a material that would give a little edginess to the overall stage design, while still adhering to this ultra-cool American rock band’s overall eclectic vibe. They needed it to be easy to tour with, easy to hang, and—most importantly–easy to spectacularly light up. It was a no-brainer—they decided to use some Metal Mesh rental panels from our Industrial Textures Specialty Drapery Collection.

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This wonderfully textured substrate makes it easier to create distinctive looks throughout the same event, all while using the exact same drapery. Various colored theatrical lighting and gobo effects added incredible diversity, drama, and excitement to each individual look of the show. And the crunchy, wrinkled texture of these drapes make them ideal for touring, too—as you can literally just hang them up right out of the hamper, and they’re good to go!  

Eels, o2 Academy, Glasgow, 4th July 2018

The tour was ecstatic with the way that these drapes worked seamlessly with their shows’ indie-pop-alternative-pop-rock atmosphere. Their lighting team did a flawless job with interweaving various lighting schemes for every song, giving them each their own unique look and feel. You can view more gorgeous photos taken by some supremely talented photographers while out on tour, and see how the band’s brilliant design team was able to create a truly memorable background for this extraordinary group of musicians.  If you are able to check out this band in person, you really should–they are currently out on another international tour and it is definitely not one to miss. Feel free to contact one of our helpful sales reps to see if our selection of Metal Mesh rental drapes fit your upcoming event’s staging needs. If not, then we can also custom build you a Metal Mesh drape to work effortlessly with your next production’s exclusive size and style.

Eels - O2 Academy Brixton, London - 2nd July 2018