Houses of Worship Bringing In New Drapery Designs and Theatrical Staging for Performances and Events

/ The lights dim, purple and gold spotlights kick in, a rock guitar blazes away as the drummer goes into high gear…but we’re not at a concert, we’re in a house of worship. Today, many churches and synagogues are bringing concert-style staging and high-technology into their sanctuaries. But while the look says “Hollywood,” the production budgets remain decidedly non-profit. Theatrical drapery rental company Rent What? Inc. is a leader in this emerging trend; assisting those staging celebrations of faith as beautiful as professional concerts – but on a budget.

Recently, at the Central Wesleyan Church in Holland, Michigan, Rent What? Inc.’s dramatic Silver Satin Series rental drapes served as a backdrop for their annual Christmas production. This same series was originally used by professional performers Maxwell and Jennifer Hudson.

Many popular theatrical drapery styles, rock and roll designs, and even movie concepts are being integrated into church performances. Indeed, religious institutions nationwide are embracing the elaborate theatrical staging and showmanship traditionally experienced within professionally produced events. Yet, as non-profit entities, churches need to find ways to keep costs under control.

“It’s not unusual to find churches being built these days with high-end, state-of-the-art theater systems,” said Rent What? partner, Megan Duckett. “Today, you can expect a modern presentation to be quite elaborate. While a rock band is playing, the congregation is singing along to lyrics projected against a metal mesh scrim from the Industrial Texture Series of our Rental Drapery Collections.”

“We’re able to put drapery designs in place that fit the various liturgical themes throughout the year, whether it’s Hanukkah or Easter or a series created for children,” she says. “Our “Delightably White” glossy satin white drapes, for example, is a popular choice for Easter programs.”

Because Rent What? is set up to showcase fabrics, present creative stage curtain ideas, and transact business all via the Internet, they’ve been able to control costs and emerge as a perfect solution for houses of worship from coast to coast. Added Ms. Duckett, “with costs at the forefront, in many cases it’s the pastors themselves, or the church’s technical director or director of events who contracts with us directly, saving the additional costs involved with resellers or staging companies that design and produce commercial events. This is a critical aspect of our offering, and it works!” Continued Duckett, “since we started, clients have been singing our praises – now it’s their ‘audiences’ who are singing!”

About Rent What? Inc.
Committed to providing an ultimate experience in both drapery rental products and customer service, Rent What? Inc. is proud to be woman owned and operated. The drapery rental firm located in Rancho Dominguez, California has set the stage for artists including Beyonce, R Kelly, Nickelback, Janet Jackson and Alice In Chains. In addition to its large inventory of inherently flame retardant stage drapes, traveler tracks and portable dressing rooms, the drapery rental company is widely regarded for its basic pricing schedules, innovative damage waiver policy and fast and friendly service. For information, contact Rent What? Inc. at (310) 639-7000 or visit

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