Watch in this time-lapse video as senior Jack Warring, who plays the title character in "Shrek, The Musical," is transformed by John Holland, owner of Stage, Makeup & Hair in Kansas City, in a two-hour process involving prosthetics. John also designed the makeup for many of the other 100-some characters in this show, which, in a word, is huge.
John has had the theatre bug since childhood and went on to become an actor, singer, and conductor. But in recent years, he was drawn to go behind the scenes with his own company to style productions in the Kansas City Metro Area. Read more about his credits and talents here.
The subject he's styling in this video also wants to go into the performing arts as a career. Jack grew up around theatre, with mom Denise Williams serving as PHS's technical director for many years and his step-dad, Dan Williams, designing sets for productions big and small. Jack was selected to perform in the Kansas All-State Thespian show "James and the Giant Peach" this year at State, and will advance to the International Thespian Conference in June. He also was one of the lead roles in PHS's show, "Band Geeks," chosen for State, and performed the two roles back-to-back. He came home from conference with a $1,000 college scholarship and had 21-college call-backs. Jack is a triple threat: He acts, sings, and plays musical instruments.
Come see the finished makeup design product in "Shrek," which runs Feb. 17-20 at Memorial Auditorium & Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburg, 503 N. Pine. Performances will be 7 p.m. each day, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Visit the show page on this website to learn more details, including the plot summary, a list of cast, crew, and pit band members, and more.
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This blog is authored by Friends of PHS Performing Arts.