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Are you Planning Your HS Fall Production?

The school year may be over and the classrooms all empty, but your mind is reeling about a potential fall production at your school. You sing show tunes in the shower and choreography is never far from your mind. You show all the signs of being a drama coach or theater teacher!

Now that the stage lights are off and the props have been cleared, drama teachers are already in full swing even though most of us are spending our days at the beach. A die-hard drama fan will be plotting and planning what might work for a fall production at your school. Here are some of the questions they will be sorting through.

What Show?

The biggest question on the minds of theater teachers is what production can we do? Choosing a script is not an easy thing to do. One needs to take into account how many students there will be in the program, especially now that the seniors have flown the coop. It is also a time to evaluate what skills and talents the potential future cast may have.

Picking a musical that’s right for your program can depend on many factors, including the size of your cast, the interest of your students and, of course, availability of performance rights. In addition, you will want to consider what the school’s current budget is and the size of the venue for the production you are considering. Also, keep in mind your access to sets, props, and costumes. Weighing each of these things can help you in determining which show will be the right fit this fall.

What is Your Population of Actors?

As we mentioned previously, how many actors are in your program can help determine whether you can have a performance with a large cast, medium-sized cast, or small cast. You should also consider who are your actors not just how many. Do you have more girls than boys? Do you have a handful of serious talent or just one or two brilliant actors in your group? If you are considering a musical, what is the range of voices that you will be dealing with?

 

What is Your Budget?

Before you choose your play, consider your budget. A straight play vs. a musical is more budget friendly. Consider what costumes, scenery, and backdrops you will need. Do you need to buy the royalties to the play or will you choose one in the public domain?

 

What About the Space?

What does your theater look like? Can you handle a larger production or will you need to relocate to a community theater? Will you have access to practice times or will that impact your budget as well?

These are all great questions to consider as you dream of your next production. If you are searching for inspiration, check out Theater World’s list of High School Musicals. When it comes time to consider backdrops, check out our wide assortment of options here at Backdrops by Charles H. Stewart.

 

Summer Planning for your Theater Loving Family

Does your family love the theater? Is Playbill one of your favorite bookmarked pages? Is your name constantly in the daily raffle for front row seats for Broadway musicals? Well, summer is here and that means time to catch all the shows you can!

Massachusetts is the birthplace of summer stock theater and there is no shortage of great playhouses all over New England. That’s why it comes as no surprise that if you want a summer filled with musicals and thespians, our region is the place to be!

If you are looking for musicals or performances that are kid friendly or will entertain, there is a long list of Boston Theaters that will deliver! For example, Boston theaters are currently performing Pete the Cat, The Lion King, Cirque Du Soleil, and the ever-popular Blue Man Group. If you are looking for showtimes or tickets, then check out this site to start your summer planning. Think of the fun you could have in Boston for the weekends.

If you are looking to get out of the greater Boston area, there are tons of summer stock theaters from Maine to Vermont and Connecticut to Cape Cod. In a recent blog, we examined all the summer theaters that you could make a road trip out of this summer. Check out the options for your family and make it a summer you won’t soon forget.

For more serious theater lovers or children who have a flair for the arts, some of these shows may be of interest this summer. Check out Dear Evan Hansen, Hello Dolly, Cats, the 20th Anniversary of Rent, Mean Girls, Miss Saigon, or Fiddler on the Roof. Depending upon the style of musical you like, you could catch a few shows before the end of the summer.

Looking for a list of theaters that can help you plan your summer vacation? Check out MassHome for theaters with family-friendly productions, musicals, community theaters, and even campus theaters.

Highlights of our New DreamWorld Backdrops

Backdrops by Charles H. Stewart has acquired DreamWorld Backdrops. This addition of 400 new backdrops to our inventory is something we’re very excited about. Check out the press release here. We’ve already added roughly 50-60 of these new backdrops so far, and we’re adding more as we go every day. We wanted to write a blog to highlight some of these exciting new additions that came with the acquisition. Check out some of these awesome DreamWorld backdrops now available by Backdrops by Charles H. Stewart:

The classic space backdrop depicts an encapsulating image of deep space, showing nebulas and galaxies from the view of a veranda. With a futuristic show, a birthday party, a celebration or a modern production, you can use a fantasy-style backdrop and curate a detailed space set.

This new drive-in movie backdrop is perfect for older, Hollywood themed shows. It’s a 1950s style backdrop showing drive-in movies with cars and movie posters. This backdrop can pull any set together with a complete and classic look. The detail in this backdrop can really bring your show to life, and bring your audience right back to the times of the 50s. Your set design can look professional with little effort, simply by hanging this high-quality, novelty backdrop.

With a Tuscany Landscape backdrop, bring any European production to life. Check out these beautiful rows of vineyards at sunset with a stucco villa in the distance. The beauty of this backdrop in person is really like no other. The bright colors of the vegetation and landscapes envelop your audience in the scene. When you rent a backdrop like this, you don’t necessarily need a heavy set design as the backdrop speaks volumes.

Instead of going crazy with set design, building and buying materials, consider a simple set with an intricate backdrop. Renting a backdrop can be easy and efficient, and can save your drama club, company, or organization all of the work that goes into set design. With these beautiful DreamWorld backdrops now in our inventory, we know we’ll be extremely busy serving our clients. Contact us at (978) 682-5757 to reserve your backdrop for your next event or production as soon as you have your heart set on a backdrop.

Backdrops By Charles H. Stewart Acquires DreamWorld Backdrops

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Charles Stewart
(978) 682-5757
info@charlesstewart.com

BACKDROPS BY CHARLES H. STEWART ACQUIRES DREAMWORLD BACKDROPS
Now With 400 Additional Backdrops Available In Inventory

NORTH ANDOVER, Massachusetts – (February 6, 2019) – Backdrops by Charles H. Stewart has been a fundamental resource to the world of backdrops and design, offering 120 years of expertise. As of January 2019, Backdrops by Charles H. Stewart acquired DreamWorld Backdrops. DreamWorld Backdrops holds an extensive collection of original, airbrushed, and digitally printed backdrops.

Now owned and operated by Charles H. Stewart, the acquisition of DreamWorld Backdrops is groundbreaking. With 400 additional backdrops now in the inventory, Stewart is ready to deliver an even wider variety of backdrops to clients. The intricate backdrops are designed to accommodate most high-quality productions for theaters, schools, dance recitals, and corporate events.

Backdrops by Charles H. Stewart was opened in 1893 and operated continuously as a family-run business, first under Charles Stewart and then his son, Stanley. In 1990, the Christo family bought the business after a five-year apprenticeship under Stanley’s tutelage and has run it ever since.

The addition of DreamWorld Backdrops supports the family’s belief, and this is evident through a quote from Stanley in a 1983 Boston Globe article. He summarized the backdrop business when he said, “In our warehouse, you see 900 boxes filled with backdrops; what I see is life in those boxes—live performance, artistic expression, and background support for some of the greatest shows you’ll ever see.”

The idea of ‘Life In Backdrops’ is the epitome of this new life and new growth for Backdrops by Charles H. Stewart. Busier than ever with the acquisition, the Backdrops by Charles H. Stewart inventory is now home to roughly 2,000 hand-painted backdrops. This allowed Backdrops by Charles H. Stewart to continue the dream of supporting theater, the arts, and communities alike.

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DreamWorld Backdrops has been a dynamic force in the airbrushed, hand painted, and digitally printed backdrop business in the U.S. since its inception in 1999. Its reputation for superior quality Backdrops along with personalized service has made it a leader in its field. Backdrops by Charles H. Stewart is a family-owned business supporting theatrical needs to enhance productions. With over 2,000 backdrops, drapes, lames, and scrims to choose from, they have over 120 years of experience to provide you with the expertise you need. For more information regarding the acquisition, please call Backdrops by Charles H. Stewart at (978) 682-5757.

 

Detailed, Intricate, Stunning – and All-New For You

At Backdrops by Charles H. Stewart, we’re always adding new backdrops to our inventory. We wrote this blog to highlight some of our new backdrops and give you inspiration and guidance when choosing which backdrops to include in your set design or staging.

 

Check out this elegant drapery backdrop. We added this backdrop to our inventory because we knew our clients would love it. Related products to this novelty, drapery backdrop are extremely popular at this time of year. Use this backdrop for an elementary, high school, or college level dance recital. This backdrop works perfectly for Old English productions and Shakespearean plays and dramas. There are three selections of this backdrop available, all with bright, bursting colors and beautiful, large tassels.

elegant drapery

https://charleshstewart.com/product/elegant-drapery-backdrop/

 

Here’s a new backdrop of a Washington Heights neighborhood in New York City. This one is featuring an elevated train, the George Washington Bridge, and the skyline of New York in the background. This backdrop is made for productions like Little Shop of Horrors, West Side Story, Annie, Hello Dolly, and so many more city-themed productions. With the intricate skylines and beautiful detail in this backdrop, this hanging backdrop can be a captivating addition to your set design.

New York Street Backdrop

https://charleshstewart.com/product/new-york-street-backdrop/

 

Forest backdrops are perfect for productions like Into The Woods, The Jungle Book, Madagascar, Cinderella, The Lion King, and so many more. The extravagant colors, lush green woods, and calming vegetation make for a beautiful background to set the stage.

woods scene backdrop

https://charleshstewart.com/product/forest-backdrop/

 

These backdrops are always in season and work for so many productions. We always recommend productions for certain backdrops to help you categorize and plan your thoughts. If you’re hosting a dance recital, play or production, or holding a celebratory event, a backdrop can bring your event to life in a way like no other. Engage with your audience from the moment the curtain is raised.

 

If you have questions about any of these new backdrops, reach out to us at (978) 682-5757. We’re here to answer your questions and help make your productions a success, every time.

 

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