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News: Make-up students work on hit Broadway show

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
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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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