Saturday, October 29, 2011

You're Aging Well

For the past couple of weeks, I've been doing makeup for the Big Broadcast of 1954 at the historic Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA. It's a staged radio show complete with a foley (live sound effects) crew and live music. The show is in 2 parts and consists of the "Frank Cyrano Byfar Hour", the "in-studio" portion of the show featuring live comedy, music, and on-air banter, and the chilling radio drama "Sleepy Hollow", featuring music by the self-described "torture chamber music" ensemble Jaggery. And, of course, some fabulous voice acting.

Makeup time backstage is kind of hectic, so I haven't had the chance to take many pictures. But I did want to get some shots of the age makeup I do on Mary Ferrara, who plays Cilla Nijenhuis in "Sleepy Hollow" (she also has the most fabulous dress in the show, featuring panniers that make her hips about 5 feet wide, which makes it that much more of a shame that she's onstage for all of 4 minutes).

Here's Mary wearing only foundation on her face:

And here's Mary with full age makeup. I did the face and brows; Mary's hair was styled & whitened by makeup coordinator Elizabeth Stone:

There's one show left on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 8 pm. Come see!

Monday, October 17, 2011

As You Like It Makeup

In September of this year, I designed and did makeup for Theatre @ First's fantastic Burning Man-themed outdoor production of As You Like It in Davis Square, Somerville, directed by Kamela Dolinova. Presented here are some of the more fun and creative makeups I designed and did for the show.

Here is Alyssa Oh as Phebe, the lovesick shepherdess; we envisioned her as a brassy Jersey-Shore type. To that end, I applied bronzer and frosty bubblegum pink lip gloss, and used a Bumpit and a wide yellow plastic headband in Alyssa's hair. The look went great with her leopard dress and lavender Uggs!

I did age makeup on Laurie Brackett, who played Adam, an elderly servant:

Age makeup was also needed for Chris Lahey, who played Corin, an elderly shepherd (Chris is only 34):

And lastly, we have JP Nadeau as a flamboyant Hymen, the god of marriage who officiates over the ceremony at the play's end. The glitter was especially eye-catching under stage lights: