Holland College SOPA – Age for Stage

Many actors are cast to play different ages: a woman cast to play a young girl in the Vagina Monologues, or a man in his 20’s cast to play an older man. Whatever the character, makeup, hair, and wardrobe are what will be the icing on the cake of a great and convincing performance.

I’m not gonna lie, creating wrinkles, jowls, dark circles, and sagging skin is kind of a thrill for me…I don’t get to make people look older very often! But, since aging makeup for theatre works by darkening the lines you might already have on your face, it can be a bit of a shocking and somewhat depressing effect when you realize it’s what’s to come in 50-60 years! I think these guys were feeling a little old and rundown by the time their makeup was finished…

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