Category Archives: Efficiency

Creating a Safe Rehearsal Space

Being a part of a theater production can be exciting and somewhat demanding. As a backdrop company, we at Charles H. Stewart understand how easy it is to get caught up in the excitement of a new production. One thing we also understand is that a safe rehearsal space is paramount to any production.

Let’s take a look at both the physical space and emotional space that can provide safety and comfort for actors no matter if it is at a community theater or under the bright lights of a Broadway production.

 

Physical Safety

First and foremost, the physical safety of a rehearsal space should be considered to keep all actors, directors, producers, and crew out of harm’s way during a production. One of the biggest threats to injury is keeping walkways and stage entrance/exit areas clean of debris. This means that props that could be bumped into or tripped over should be kept in specially marked areas. Keeping the floor clean, even down to small things like an errant nail on the floor is important since most actors must find their way in the dark when a production is underway.

Along with having props put in safe places, it is important to communicate with each team member about potential issues with staging, curtains, backgrounds and other large items that could fall or hurt an actor if things do not go as planned. Always have a first aid kit well-stocked backstage and an emergency exit to ensure that, if something does go wrong, it can be dealt with appropriately.

 

Emotional Safety

Acting means taking risks with your emotions and your level of confidence. That is why we are including emotional safety as a category for this particular blog. Have the members of your theater group come up with a code of conduct that can rule what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior. Many plays and musicals have physical encounters that could make for uneasy moments. Talk through these scenes prior to blocking them out so that everyone knows what to expect. Encourage a positive environment where every voice is heard and people feel comfortable enough to do so.

At Backdrops by Charles H. Stewart we know the importance of safety of all who are taking part in a production. Talk to our specialists about how our backdrops can be used safely in your production.

 

Benefits of Renting & Customizing Backdrops

As people gather for many reasons, the visual elements of the room or the function are everything. The environment of your event is a tell-tale sign that will dictate how your guests will receive the production or presentation.

A backdrop for a play, musical, recital, or special event is important to the success of the event. It’s the design that everyone’s eyes are fixated upon. Much thought goes into planning sets, backdrops, and backgrounds because if the design doesn’t hold the attention of the crowd, then your event or show can be compromised.

The Visual Experience

Background colors, set design, and backdrop detail all play a huge role in the visual experience received by your crowd. When you know what you want for your creative detail and visuals, you can rent a backdrop that works perfectly for you. Go with something busy, intricate, and detailed, or color based, digitally designed, or simple.

Renting A Backdrop

Renting backdrops can be simple, easy, and save time and money. When you rent a backdrop, you simply hang the canvas and you’re done. Our backdrops are delivered right to your door, and are easy to set up. No struggling, no painting, no carpentry work needed. Just your keen eye for style and matching when choosing from our inventory.

Sometimes you know what you want, but you can’t find it anywhere. For the really important or particular events/shows, consider customizing a backdrop of your own. Knowing what you want for your artwork/design is the most difficult decision.

Customizing A Backdrop

Classic Eternity Backdrop

When you have your plans mapped out, head over to our backdrop customization page for details. You’ll find details, pricing, and shipping and handling. This is truly the best way to get exactly what you want with your backdrop to help you curate your perfect stage or set.

Efficiently Categorized

We categorize our backdrops by seasons, by shows, by themes, and so much more. When you click on a backdrop in our inventory, you’ll see tags on each backdrop that show recommended productions and themes to pair each backdrop with. We’re here to make your set planning and design as simple as possible.

African-Plain-Backdrop

When you’re looking to rent a backdrop, purchase, or customize your own, Backdrops by Charles H. Stewart has thousands of backdrops in inventory for you to choose from. Reach out to Charles H. Stewart at (978) 682-5757. Your perfect backdrop is awaiting you, ready for delivery.

 

Deciding on a Backdrop: Tips for Decision Making

When you’re considering renting a backdrop, you may be overwhelmed with the choices. The colors, the designs, and the intricate detail of each backdrop is beautiful in each of their own ways. As you’re scrolling our inventory, you may be stuck between a few different backdrops, and not know which to choose for your production or event. Don’t worry, we put together a guide of tips for decision making when it comes to backdrops. There are a few things you’ll want to consider when planning and staging your production and set design. Read this blog for everything to know when it comes to deciding on the perfect backdrop.

Matching Your Production’s Theme With The Backdrop

Finding a backdrop that matches your theme is the most important part of deciding. When you know the theme of your show, be sure the backdrops you have your eye on are all appropriate in color, style, and design. For example, if you’re producing a show like 42nd Street, you’ll want to consider backdrops with cityscapes, Broadway streets, bright flashy colors, skylines, black and white, city lights, and streets.

How To Ensure Backdrops Will Fit Your Space

Each backdrop by Charles H. Stewart listed in our inventory includes the size of the backdrop on the webpage. All of our backdrops come with grommets and tie lines spaced approximately 12-14 inches apart. Be sure the backdrops you’re considering will fit your space and your stage. Take measurements and have an idea of where you’re going to hang the backdrop.

Considering the Lighting and Elements of Your Stage

When choosing your backdrop, consider the level of lighting available during your event or production. Will there be professional lighting operated? Remember that lighting requirements are different for all color combinations, and your lighting technician can have a dramatic impact on your presentation. With hand-painted backdrops, striking and unique textures, you’ll want to position them best for everyone to see clearly. The positioning of your audience and elements of your stage will help you decide what backdrop is right for your event or production.

 

A backdrop can be the final element that brings your theatrical production, dance recital or event to life. They set your stage and provide a visual impact that makes your presentation truly unforgettable. With a beautiful appearance and a cost-effect approach to set design, Backdrops by Charles H. Stewart has just what you need.

Ethos, Logos, and Pathos

Ethos Pathos Logos Chart

Aristotle coined the terms ethos, logos, and pathos as the three main modes of persuasion. These are used in theatre, in literature, and tons of other practices. When actors are learning acting styles and methods, they learn about the three modes of persuasion to better their skills and create a more authentic production.

When an actor is on stage, they have the responsibility of being believable or credible. Their goal is to convince the audience of their credibility, and these three forms of persuasion are important tools actors use to do so.

To successfully persuade, you look to the three appeals. These are Ethos, Logos, and Pathos. Read on to learn more about the three modes of persuasion.

Ethos Appeal: Appealing to Ethics

Ethos is the ethical appeal, and it means to convince an audience of the author’s credibility or character. An actor would use ethos to prove to his audience that he’s credible and worth listening to. An actor appealing to ethos would use the same language as their character, and try to dress exactly like them.

Actor in Wig with Glasses and bandana

Logos Appeal: Appealing to Logic

Logos is the appeal to logic, meaning to convince the audience by using logic or reason. An actor may cite facts or statistics. An actor may appeal to logos by presenting logical or well rounded points, may cite important information, or may refer to historical analogies for explanations and proof.

Pathos Appeal: Appealing to Emotion

Pathos is the emotional appeal, meaning to convince an audience through appealing on emotional levels. Actors may evoke sympathy to try make the audience feel how the author intended for them to feel. They aim to get a certain emotion out of their actions when appealing to pathos. Pathos can be expressed by actors through language, emotional tones, or emotional events or implications.

These forms of persuasion immensely help actors sell their character. Persuasion helps the audience to believe and understand the plot and action of the production. Strong productions rely on the effective use of these persuasion techniques. By studying each mode, actors can learn how to better their styles and increase their overall credibility while on stage.

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