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Mardi Gras: A Celebration of Art and Tradition

Mardi Gras: A Celebration of Art and Tradition

Feb 3, 2016

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With eager anticipation of Mardi Gras and the inspiration of our newly painted New Orleans backdrop, Grosh started digging around in the history of this celebration.  This unique tradition has cultivated a society in New Orleans that paints the town in history and pride.

New Orleans was established in 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville. By the 1730’s, Mardi Gras was celebrated openly, but not with the parades we know today.  In the early 1740’s, Louisiana’s governor, the Marquis de Vaudreuil established elegant society balls, which became the model for the New Orleans balls of today.  In 1872 a group of businessmen invented a King of Carnival, Rex, to preside over the first daytime parade.  This parade was to honor the visiting Russian Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff.  The businessmen presented the colors of Romanoff’s family: purple, green and gold; with purple representing justice, gold representing power and green representing faith.  These colors would officially become the colors of Mardi Gras and most notably the historical and infamous, Bourbon Street.

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Top 10 Shows of 2015 and 2016

Top 10 Shows of 2015 and 2016

Jan 6, 2016

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Grosh had an amazing 2015 thanks to our wonderful clients. We added over 150 new drops to our inventory including Mary Poppins and Lion King.  As we look back on 2015 we remember the amazing shows coming off Broadway which sets the trends for stages all over the country.  Here at Grosh we are looking forward to another stellar year of innovative new shows. We have taken a look at The Great White Way past and future seasons in order to anticipate what shows you can look forward to. It is very important to us that we have the backdrops needed to inspire all of your performances.  What were some of the musicals and plays that impacted you in 2015? What shows are you looking forward to in 2016? Cheers to a safe and Happy New Year! See more at: http://bit.ly/1ON5ASp   

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The Nutcracker: Then and Now

The Nutcracker: Then and Now

Dec 3, 2015

The Nutcracker Soldier

The Nutcracker Soldier

            The Nutcracker is such an important part of the holiday season both as the lovable toy and the gorgeous ballet.  For Grosh and our clients The Nutcracker tends to keep us focusing more on the ballet.  However, it is interesting to think about what the toy’s meaning and history is and how it inspired the ballet.

            According to German tradition, nutcrackers were given as keepsakes to bring good luck to the family and protect the home.  The legend says that a nutcracker represents power and strength, guarding the family from danger.  A fierce protector, the nutcracker bares its teeth to the evil spirits and serves as the traditional messenger of luck and goodwill.  Since the 15th century, Nutcrackers have existed in the form of wooden carvings and have traditionally been formed into the shape of a soldier, knight, or king.

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How to Effectively and Creatively Light Your Backdrop

How to Effectively and Creatively Light Your Backdrop

Nov 4, 2015

How to Effectively and Creatively Light Your Backdrop

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Red Carpet Cityscape with color chase lighting.

It is thrilling to see a backdrop come to life while it’s being painted in front of your eyes on the frame.  You can’t imagine how it could be more wonderful until you wash it over with the perfect lighting, at just the right angle, and hued with a touch of color.  Owning the skill to light a backdrop is extremely valuable, whether it’s on stage or setting the scene at an event. Knowing how important lighting can be on a backdrop I wanted to share tips from an expert, Toby Russell, owner of San Diego based Event Avision.

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