Students make over cast of Cats

Students are celebrating successfully completing one of their toughest challenges yet – to make over the entire cast of Cats for every single night of run of sell-out theatre performances.

Students are celebrating successfully completing one of their toughest challenges yet – to make over the entire cast of Cats for every single night of run of sell-out theatre performances.

The media make-up artists had an hour and a half to turn 30 actors into different cats for Altrincham Garrick Playhouse’s interpretation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic from Monday 20th May to Saturday 25th May.

 Level 2 and Level 3 students were tasked with finding the right palate for full-face cover, upper body work and colour matching with wigs, as well as ensuring continuity in the characters’ looks night after night.

Students were working from design sheets used in the original Cats in May 1981: New London Theatre, London, England. The students had to adapt each look to complement the costume and wigs.

Tutor Lauren Plumb, who works in TV and film alongside teaching, said: “It was a fantastic chance for the students to gain experience of creating and achieving a look as well as what it is like to work alongside performers and make-up artists.

“This opportunity has given the students an insight into the theatre world and experience of different elements of the make-up industry. Being responsible for behind the scenes of Cats is a challenge as it is a heavily made up performance.”

Evidence from the shows will go towards the students’ final grades on the media make up course, which is held in Trafford College’s state-of-the-art Enhance Spa and Salon, open to members of the public.

Cats has been performed around the world since 1981 and is a musical based on Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats by TS Eliot, featuring well-known characters such as Mister Mistoffeles, Run Tum Tugger and Grizabella.

Deborah Norris, who directed the performance of Cats at the Garrick, said: “They have been absolutely amazing. It’s a really difficult show for make-up, it is very specific and has to bring all the characters to life. Without the students it wouldn’t have been possible. They have worked really professionally at the Garrick and the cast have loved having them there.”