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StageSpot Blog

Do-It-yourself Winter Wonderland Edition

Shaved Ice:
Pros: Just like nature makes
Cons: melts quickly and creates safety hazards with puddles on stage

The stuff inside diapers:
Pros: white and fluffy
Cons: Can be costly. If you think glitter gets everywhere, you haven’t ripped open a clean diaper lately

Styrofoam peanuts:
Pros: taking up space in storage anyway
Cons: Cling to everything, and only look like snow if your production design is cartoon based.

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iPhone Apps for Theater and Stage Technicians

The first tool we will be building in this suite is a color gel converter. Using the complete list from Rosco, Lee, Gam, and Apollo, this tool will be helpful in making the decision of what color and manufacture you can substitute for the color you just ran out of. The converter tool will be complete with a color swatch sample and a way to order more gel.  We are also toying with creating an application that will include a search-able list of gobos with thumbnail images from all major manufactures stock gobos.

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What is it like to be on a tour?

When people find out you have been on  National and  International tours they always seem to want to know and ask with a smile... What is it Like? It seems this is a common question that gets asked from aspiring technicians and students looking at their choices of what and where to take their new careers in theater....

A Million and One Ways to Use Color Gel

I'm pretty new to the theatre lighting world. Now don't get me wrong, I'm no spring chicken when it comes to this business called "show."  But all of those years have been spent as an actress. That's right. An actress. I've always been the girl who gets hit in the face with the light. The girl who crosses in the blues and pinks and thinks about blocking and lines, rather than lighting and moments.  I've never really given much thought to the basic concepts and theories behind a mood or a scene. And I've never really appreciated the complexity that lighting offers a show. But the "magic" of theatre really is in the lights! Imagine what The Wizard of Oz would be if you had to watch it, beginning to end, in plain, boring, white light....

Boosting your theatrical career at TETA!

Texas Educational Theater Association or TETA, is developing the theatrical students and teachers of tomorrow. TETA hosts some  excellent events including, TheatreFest which provides tools and opportunities for high school students and teachers to better  themselves as actors, directors, designers, or technicians. Plus, the chance to get one on one time with industry professionals. An experience like this is a great way for any aspiring student to get a jumpstart on college level opportunities in their local area....

Lighting Fashion Week!

New York City Fashion Week runs for two straight weeks with non-stop fashion shows. Each show requires a mass amount of equipment, which tends to deplete the local lighting rental shops of their inventory. With fashion shows going on all through Manhattan it is sometimes difficult to get basic equipment. As a crew head it is essential rent for the worst situations, because more often than not they happen. However some of things can not be planned. Such as, visual elements that are sometimes asked for at the last minute. Ex.- finding over hundred florescence lamps in a twenty four hour period. Tasks similar to this happen far to often, but with a great team and some creative ideas it always works out....

Glow Tape?

Glow Tape can be found on nearly every stage across the world. We use it to indicate locations on a deck and/or to prevent injury. Most of us in the entertainment industry use it. How many really know how it works? Why, when we expose it to ambient light it retains energy and it is able to regenerate it. ...

Different Ways to Create Special Effects

Whether you’re working in a one room theater, or a grand Broadway stage, special effects and the tools to create them are essential for an awe-inspiring scene. Stage Spot has everything your crew needs to create the perfect set.

“It was a Dark and Stormy Night” – Bulwer-Lytton

Dimming the lights isn't quite enough to capture the terror and isolation of an incoming storm. However, there are several ways to keep the audience shivering. Adding fog and haze is an impressive way to create mood, while emphasizing the night, and it’s as easy as getting a fog machine and the best fluid for your needs. Pair that stage lighting, and you have the perfect stormy scene.

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StageSpot Moves to the Next Phase of its Business

February 22, 2013 – StageSpot is excited to announce that Erica Richie will step in as CEO of the company.  The current CEOs and founders of the company, Kevin Richie and Gary Weintraub, are proud that their vision for the company is being realized, and confident that Mrs. Richie is the right leader to continue StageSpot’s success.

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USITT Conference

For those in the entertainment and theatre industry, the USITT Annual Conference is an event not to be missed. Every year, over 5,000 industry experts, educators, students and vendors meet to discuss different tactics and products to help in almost every specialty of the industry.

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