Recently the directors for the Missoula Children’s Theatre came to Payson Elementary to teach the first-grade students in Mrs. Ormand’s and Mrs. Beery’s classes about theatre makeup.
The students learned about why actors put on makeup. The directors explained it is because of the lights and to get into the character.
The directors showed the children how to make someone old, someone into a cowboy and an animal.
The students learned that makeup used to be made of grease, but now it is made of cream.
The two directors talked about how you put powder over the makeup to make it set so your makeup doesn’t run when you sweat.
They also talked about how makeup is only one part of getting into character.
The students enjoyed the experience.
The in-class workshop came as the traveling children’s theater group worked with about 40 Payson students on a light-hearted musical based loosely on “Beauty and the Beast.” The students had just one week to stage the show.