Some Tips to Make Your Show Posters Pop!

I saw a some really neat ways of making play posters shine this past weekend at the Indiana Thespian Conference. The conference took place at Huntington University’s arts centre and the hallways were lined with posters from past shows.

I noticed something a little different about these posters, however. Some of them had a three-dimensional quality to them, such as this poster for Godspell:

My photo really doesn’t does it justice, but the poster really popped and caught my eye.

Here’s a shot showing how this effect is achieved:

Basically it involves cannibalizing another poster, choosing which elements should be three-dimensional (the collage of people in this case), cutting them out, and mounting them with a little bit of foam core.

Here’s another example:

Other posters were framed to reflect the theme of the show. This Little Shop of Horrors poster had bite marks in the matting:

Some old records sat in the frame of this poster for The Glass Menagerie:

Rose petals adorned this Beauty and the Beast poster:

Pebbles continue the image in this Waiting for Godot poster:

Various sundry “Shakespearean” items in this frame for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged):

I love how much thought has gone into the framing of these posters. This is a lovely way of making your keepsake show posters come alive.

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Craig Mason