If you’ve ever been to the UBC campus and found you way around easily then I applaud you! That campus is bigger than my home town of Whitehaven, I’m sure of it. I knew it would be big, but I got such a shock at the size of the place that I got all disorientated and to be honest, a little bit lost (oops!).
I eventually found the Frederic Woods theatre where the VISI (Vancouver International Song Institute) were to perform with the kind help of complete strangers and Diana Sepulveda the Costume Designer for the show.
I wasn’t the only Make-Up artist they had fond to help, so a couple of quick make-overs later I was all done. They wanted a subtle “dead” look for the singers who were performing “Spoon River”, so I used a mixture of pale cream foundation, black and brown eye shadows with a little bit of red under the eyes and plenty of pale powder to set the looks.
I was passed on some info about a theatre show at UBC (University of British Columbia) that was looking for make-up artists to give a helping hand, so that’s where I’ll be tomorrow evening from 6pm until the show is over. It’s a one night musical show called “Spoon River”.
I’ve never heard of but I get to make 7 people look dead, so I’m looking forward to it
The weekend with the Broadway Edge group went by really quickly and, sadly, the shows are over!
Most people did their own make-up and a couple had me do theirs each day and for each costume change, others just came to me for help when they drew their eyeliner on squiggly or some other mishap occurred.
I prepped some little mini kits of tools so that people could just take one and have the basics if they needed them (sponge, powder puff, mascara wands, cotton buds, lip brush). About a third of them got used but most people just took the bits out of the little bags they were in, haha, but I’m gald I made them so at least there wasn’t much wastage and people were really hygienic considering they were backstage with only an hour to get everything done (costume, hair and make-up!). If I help at another show I think I’ll just put things into boxes so the actors can pick what they need and no need for bags . Things only felt rushed a few times during the first show as we discovered who needed what and when, so it was pretty chilled out for the rest of the shows (4 in total).
It was a lot of fun and I got a little bio in the program (I kept one for my portfolio )!
I can’t even remember if I mentioned this one yet,but there is a local amateur production of Beauty and the Beast happening in a few weeks and I offered my services to the organiser (Diana Kaarina), along with a MUA friend of mine (Leonora Abreu), to give a helping hand backstage to anyone who needs it.
I’ve created a “Stage Make-up: Basic Application Guide” and quick product list for those in the show who have never done their own make-up before, and I’m hoping to find somewhere that I can print off some colour images as inspiration for characters. Leonora and myself will also be spending Friday afternoon creating a few face charts with simple step-by-step instructions for the ensemble and the main characters.
I’m a stickler for good hygiene and so I’ve put together a bag of disposables (sponges, powder puffs, mascara wands, eye shadow applicators, etc.) for people to use, especially those who need to use products from my main kit. I know everything will be rather crazy backstage, but I still think good hygiene is important, especially when you have around 25 people running around and sharing products! Most of the things came from the new Dollar Store down the street on Broadway (they have a suprising range of things!) as it’s an amateur production with a small budget and I done mind spending a little on it as it’s great practice and experience for me.