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Junior finds passion as makeup artist for school productions

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Junior Hazel Harper does makeup for productions put on by the PHS theatre department. Harper has been doing the make up of cast members since her sophomore year when she helped with the makeup of the Addams Family cast and wanted to do more of it.

Junior Hazel Harper does makeup for productions put on by the PHS theatre department. Harper has been doing the make up of cast members since her sophomore year when she helped with the makeup of the Addams Family cast and wanted to do more of it.

Photo by: Maddy Emerson

Photo by: Maddy Emerson

Junior Hazel Harper does makeup for productions put on by the PHS theatre department. Harper has been doing the make up of cast members since her sophomore year when she helped with the makeup of the Addams Family cast and wanted to do more of it.

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Before the opening night of ìUrinetown,î junior Hazel Harper was checking the makeup of the entire cast to make sure they were ready for the stage. 

The cast of ìUrinetownî traveled to Wichita in January for the state competition. Harper worked with theatre director Greg Shaw to design the stage makeup for the show. She styled about eight actors each night with distinct contour and highlight, rings around the eyes and fake dirt.

ìI think she just has an interest in it and sheís been playing with different techniques,î Shaw said. ìSheís very organized and she plans ahead for everything, so itís a just a real big asset to have someone whoís that interested in [makeup]. Sheís done a really nice job.î

Harper started studying makeup artistry her freshman year when she began watching YouTube tutorials. She has now applied makeup for major school productions including ìThe Addams Family,î ìSeussicalî and ìUrinetown.î

ìItís been about a year of on-and-off practice. I started with ëAddams Familyí my sophomore year and fell in love with it,î Harper said. ì[My favorite part is] working with the actors. The show is great, but my favorite part is [spending] two hours face-to face and getting to know them well. The amount of friends I made during ëUrinetowní is astronomical.î

Kansas City hairstylist and makeup artist John Holland constructs design for school productions. He came to PHS to plan the makeup for the show with Harper. 

ìA lot of times, you donít think about how much hair and makeup adds to the show until itís gone,î Shaw said.

In addition to stage makeup, Harper also has cosmetic skills with special effects. During last yearís drunk driving crash simulation, she used makeup to make lifelike injuries.

ìI try to do [makeup] in my free time, and I try to practice as much as I can,î Harper said.

Harper plans to continue doing stage makeup and hopes it will be her future career. 

ì[I enjoy] making a character. When you put makeup on somebody for a show or shoot, youíre making someone different,î Harper said. ìItís the turning point that creates a character.î

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  1. tonya cliffman on January 15th, 2018 10:51 AM

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