making it rain onstage

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September 4, 2009
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We are doing a show where it rains onstage, how did you make it rain on stage for the show
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June 15, 2017
I created a video of splashes that was then projected onto the floor. Combined with some convincing sound, and the audience would ask each night how we were able to get the floor dried so quickly during intermission. Here's a video about how we created it! If you're interested in using it, send me an email:

January 24, 2010

January 18, 2010
Now that is definitely a link worth keeping! Thank you so very much!

January 17, 2010 That seems like a very detailed explanation of how to do it, if you want to take the time to look through it.

January 16, 2010
With SINGIN IN THE RAIN the only actor on stage is Don Lockwood and a few chorus people run by. Then it is intermission and those few actors simply don't wear those costumes again, besides the chorus people making crosses are using umbrellas and are protected from a lot of glitter. Also, there doesn't need to be a ton of glitter, just a light sprinkle to make the lighting effect have some sparkle. If you are doing a show where the rain hits in the middle of an act, then maybe you just have to drop the glitter idea and the lighting effect is enough. This is the case in WICKED where they use a projected rain effect at one point.

January 15, 2010
Outside of rrigging a pump and pipe system and shooting water through it the way SINGIN' IN THE RAIN is done usually, I have also seen it done very effectively with rotating gobos and glitter sprinkle. The gobos are slats of light that create a moving light as if rain is falling when they rotate. Add to that either people in the flies or cans with sifters that sprinkle glitter and the light from the gobos will reflect off the glitter and create a rather magical rain. When this is done in SINGIN' IN THE RAIN it is the end of the first act, so you can easily sweep up the glitter during intermission.

January 15, 2010
That is a great idea, but how do you quickly deal with the glitter on the costumes?

December 17, 2009
Check out the book "Technical Theater for Non-Technical People" by Drew Campbell. There are pretty specific instructions on how to do it.