Has anyone done Radium Girls or another show that required "glowing" costumes on stage? I'd love to hear how others successfully made this effect work.Was glow in the dark paint strong enough to be seen off stage? What brand did you use?Did you use black lights? What substance can you put on costumes to make them glow under black light if it's not a white material?Any insight or success stories welcome. Thank you!
We did a different play, These Shining Lives, better written in my opinion, but the glow paint and glow make-up worked beautifully.Our background involved a clock and as the play went on the paint was charged by the lights and glowed brighter and longer in each scene change. It was very cool! We won lots of accolades that season. Kids' performances were nuanced and pretty brilliant!
We tried a number of glow in the dark options. I found the best was purchasing glow in the dark pigment and mixing that with modge podge. Since it's clear the glow is not affected by the color pigment of the paint. Since I was mixing myself I was able to use a high concentration of glow pigment. We added black lights to our stage and part of our pre show checklist was running those for 15 minutes to charge up the glow. My crew also had UV flashlights.
the black lights were attached to the light board via Dmx so that we could turn them on and off throughout the show.
I also think there have been a few threads about this previously so I recommend a search.
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