02 Aug Makeup donation leads to some fun-filled practice

Nayland’s hair and makeup crew is fully on board as preparations intensify for the school’s production of Bye Bye Birdie. The show’s debut night is Thursday the 17th of August.

The hair and makeup team consists of year 12 students Lauren Cox, Rosie McCoy-James, Freya Jordan and Holly Charlesworth, as well as a budding team of freshly recruited junior students. It is facilitated by teacher Corrin Vedder.

This week saw the hand-over of Revlon products generously donated by Unichem Stoke. This meant that preparations could start in earnest, as the senior members of the team trained the newer ones in how they might realise the classic vintage look for the show .

The sessions were not without a laugh. “They [the juniors] brought a ‘victim’ (volunteer model) to have a trial and learn the ropes. We learnt a lot about not applying too thickly and matching colours to people’s skin tones. They learnt really quickly, there were lots of laughs,” Ms Vedder explained.

Ms Vedder has been involved in hair and makeup in the past and she has a clear vision for where she’d like to see it go here at Nayland. The aim is to have a self-perpetuating crew where experienced senior students train up junior students who then in time take over and continue the cycle.

The hair and makeup role suits team member Lauren perfectly, as it allows for real involvement in the production but without the long lead-up and full commitment of a performing role. “I think if you can run off the vibe and be really social and bump up the people as you’re doing their make-up, they get more out of it and you get more out of it,” she said.

Hair will be crew member Rosie’s special responsibility and she says she is going for a vintage ponytail look. Rosie is planning on studying Performing Arts Technologies at Nayland next year and is contemplating going into hairdressing in the future.

Performing Arts coordinator Sarah Luton aptly summed up the part that a team such as the hair and makeup crew play in a project as big as this. “Each part is crucial. I guess the best analogy is the body. You don’t see your little toe much or your internal organs but they’re incredibly vital for making the body function.”

Come and see the fruits of the hair and makeup crew’s work in the Bye Bye Birdie musical production at the Theatre Royal on Thursday 17th to  Saturday 19th August.

By Sera King