This year we did a small artsy show called Crave, which, in our directors vision, centered around the creation of Jackson Pollock style paintings during the interactions of the actors. Obviously, a limited, lights up, lights down, focus on acting piece. I wasn't worried at all and ignored the upcoming date of the show. The saturday before the thursday show, the director and i sat down to discuss what sort of light or sound he may need for the show in our little black box theatre of 65 seats. after that, he asked a simple question- i know its kindve late in the game, but do you think you could... make it rain? i thought he was kidding. 5 days to create an effect like rain in our little space, for a show with a budget no larger than the cost for rights? Of course, i'm a stubborn woman, and i have my pride. so i said sure, i'd see it happen. and it did! barely. so here is a simple low cost formula for rain to save those with low budget the engineering trial and error i went through. clear off a far back light bar, far enough away not to get your wall wet (especially if its drywall!). buy a length of pvc pipe (1/2 inch was perfect for us) and a very small drill bit (i'm talkin 1/20 of an inch) and drill tiny holes down the length of the pvc. with the pvc purchase several buckets, flanges, valves, and connectors as necessary. drill a hole in the bottom of each bucket, large enough for the flange to sit on the inside and the valve to attach vertically, hanging underneath the bucket. do this to all the buckets (in our case, there were 3 5 gallon buckets- this required cutting the pvc in half and attaching the 2nd bucket in the center) next, we attached a 90 degree turn to our valve, and attached that to our pipe! we then proceeded to hang the buckets and pipe contraption on our far light, after clearing any electrics- water and electricity is no fun. attach string to each valve, and run it either straight down (as we did, so the actors could control when the water came) or to your booth or back stage. fill the buckets with water (you dont need 15 gallons! 9 or so worked for about 3-5 mins which is all we needed), and pull the string! though it doesnt seem like it would work- it does! with marvelous effects. Check out how it looks- http://img360.imageshack.us/img360/6815/n5316446351878404708gz4.jpg http://img380.imageshack.us/img380/1378/n5316446351878415043pc0.jpg of course... cleanup is a mess. among all the paint, the water, and the trashbags we used to line the floor, cleanup was a necessity after every show, with or without receptacles to catch the water. and people thought it couldn't be done... ha! total amount spent? $23.75... not including the cost of the clothes that were ruined while cleaning up that mess!