We are pleased to offer fabrication services for set pieces, custom props or magic effects. We do both work and metal work in-house at our workshop.
Fabrication timing is subject to availability and we do not rent out props or set pieces at this time (but it’s coming!)
What We Build
Sets for Theatre
We have build sets big and small for plays, musicals and variety acts. Our sets range from your typical box set for a drama to more complex elements like revolving stages, electronics and built-in special effects.
Props & Effects
We are always very busy building specialty props, particularly those used for special effects on stage. We the addition of our 3D printing capabilities, we have significantly upped our game! Even as I write this, a WW2 replica Luger is printing for a production of The Producers!
Magicians come to us for stage illusions because we can lead the entire process end to end. From consulting and design, right through to fabrication and direction on stage, we’ll seamlessly get from idea to applause.
How We Build
Using traditional methods going back hundreds of years, we build the bulk of our theatre sets out of wood. Often, the bones of the structure is wood with other materials used for specialty items as they’re needed.
Yes, we weld! Chris Stolz was taught by a master scenic builder. Steel is often used for pieces requiring extra strength, particularly in the magic world.
With the advent of 3D Printing technologies, we are able to print small specialty pieces. Whether it’s a template for a build or that replica weapon or doorknob, we can design and print working props ready for paint.
When it comes down to it, it just has to work. Goal number one is to ensure that everything we produce works each and every time. This applies to everything from moving parts and electronics to simply choosing the right hinge for the job that will stand up to repeated use. Everything is taken into account to ensure that you can focus less on the props and more on the performance.
Durability & Portability
When we build, we think ahead. We think about poor cargo handlers, over enthusiastic stage crew and shows traveling in a vehicle that’s probably 2 or 3 sizes too small. Our props are solidly built and ready to take on the challenges of touring and rough handling.
Built To Spec
Much of our fabrication work is a result of our design and consulting work. Because the blueprints came from us, you know that the final product will be built exactly as it was intended. When a prop was not originally conceived by us, we take great care to produce architectural drawings and/or 3D renderings to ensure that all dimensions and moving parts look exactly the way you want them to look.
There are several magic props for theatre productions that we have been known for producing. Some of our more popular items include:
Beauty & The Beast | Chip Cart: A tea cart which hides the actors body while the face is visible within the teacup (cup not included). Ours is incredibly magical and will have the audience scratching their heads as they stare at this empty looking cart.
Beauty & The Beast | Rose: Depending on your set design, our rose can either be sitting in a vase or floating in mid air. One by one the petals fall on cue as operated by a single crew member. In our version, there are no electronics to worry about.
Mary Poppins | Magic Nightstand: This table looks empty while allowing objects or people to be passed through it for Mary’s Magic Bag and/or the Doll house effect. We have a smaller version which can be put up against a wall, or a larger version that is more self contained.
Please note that we do not rent out props or set pieces at this time.