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News: Make-up stu­dents work on hit Broad­way show

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Not forgetting it was Halloween the same week, make-up students didn’t miss the opportunity to get into the spooky spirit of things!
Not forgetting it was Halloween the same week, make-up students didn’t miss the opportunity to get into the spooky spirit of things!

Nottingham College Theatrical Hair and Media Make-up students are finding out what it’s like to be part of a major theatre production, working with the cast of record-breaking musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, now showing at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal until the 3rd November.

My Fair Lady, Oliv­er, Beau­ty and the Beast, and Annie are just some of the famous shows Not­ting­ham Col­lege stu­dents have worked on with the Not­ting­ham Oper­at­ic Soci­ety over the years.

Harriet Hollowell has her hair and make-up done by one of our students
Harriet Hollowell sits for the finishing touches to her hair and make-up.

Har­ri­et Hol­low­ell, Hon­orary Sec­re­tary for Not­ting­ham Oper­at­ic Soci­ety, said: As always the stu­dents were very pro­fes­sion­al and a plea­sure to have around. It’s great to be able to give the stu­dents the oppor­tu­ni­ty to work on a sell-out show like this and it’s also a love­ly expe­ri­ence for our actors. We look for­ward to work­ing with them again next year.”

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Dominique Valvona and Leanne Ogden work together on the hair and make-up for actor Amelia Icke.

Stu­dent Dominique Valvona, 18, did the hair and make-up for Amelia Icke, who plays one of the wives. She said:

I’ve real­ly enjoyed work­ing with the actors and doing some­thing dif­fer­ent. Every year I would come to the The­atre with my fam­i­ly to watch the Christ­mas pan­to so it’s been bril­liant to be part of the pro­duc­tion backstage. 

I’ve learnt so much already, not just about the­atri­cal make-up but also about the demands and respon­si­bil­i­ties of work­ing for a real client. 

 — Dominique Valvona
Hair and beauty student smiling whilst practicing applying make up
Janet Wootton and Melody Chapron backstage as they prepare for curtain up.

Janet Woot­ton, who per­forms as part of the ensem­ble, adds: It was love­ly to have the help of Melody, who along­side doing my hair and make-up, also helped with my cos­tume changes. She tied my tur­ban, fit­ted my beard, and then helped me to quick­ly change into cock­tail wear, fol­lowed by a mini dress — all in the space of about 20 min­utes! Expe­ri­ence like this is won­der­ful for the stu­dents because it gives them a real taste of the enter­tain­ment indus­try and also the pres­sures that go with it.”

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  • 2nd November 2018 (11:33 AM)
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