Congratulations to all the Tony nominees for this season. iWeiss is thrilled to be part of yet another dynamic line-up on Broadway. In keeping with the maintenance for 11 productions currently running, our involvement in 13 new shows, and a few in pre-production – we have been quite busy!
One of the things that we enjoy about our work best is its variety. Stage shows are all very different and each requires its own special attention to detail – maybe not the same special attention that some stage creatives require…but you get the idea!
Helping create the atmosphere off-stage can sometimes be just as tricky as the on-stage details, and we are always up for the challenge. This year we were able to help create the house environment for two highly anticipated revivals, Les Miserables and Cabaret. Both these productions requested that the scene shops be an important part of ensuring the audiences feel the mood right from the beginning. Wondering why you were feeling a looming sense of dread upon entering the theatre? Welcome to the production industry…I mean…the production.
While all productions don’t require splashy drapery, sometimes they just need some framing around the stage and proscenium to complete the world of the play. A few of these instances are Mothers & Sons, The Velocity of Autumn, The Glass Menagerie, and If/Then. Often times these pieces will also mask lighting instruments, off-stage spaces, and various rigging hardware. If you didn’t notice these draperies, then the goal was achieved.
A few other productions needed something a bit more than masking and required some of the more standard items one sees in local theatres and schools. Among them were printed scrims like the ones used in The Bridges of Madison County or the Choir Curtain in Violet. These items add punctuation, help set the scene, and tell the story without stealing focus.
No matter how big or small the job, iWeiss is ready. It may be something as tiny as a last minute masking skirt in After Midnight or as grand and shiny as the drapery in Bullets Over Broadway, Casa Valentina, and Aladdin. Of course, some shows simply have it all – like my personal favorite this year, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
We’ve also had the opportunity to become part of the rapidly growing Off-Broadway market in recent years and had the pleasure of working on a dozen or so this last year. This is just another reason to contact iWeiss for your production today – we can help you with your budget, limited space, and lend local support at your theatre! Keep your art alive – we are your ally. We are iWeiss.
Written by: Chris Layton