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All Made Up

September 2012

Sitting in a darkened audience mesmerized by fantastical characters, it’s easy to forget the behind-the-scenes efforts that go into a theater production: grueling rehearsals, set construction, costume sewing, and makeup application. Take the Colorado Ballet season opener, The Sleeping Beauty, which plays next month. The show’s makeup is more than enhancement—it’s a chief requirement: One of the main characters, the evil fairy godmother, is actually played by a man. Dancer Gregory K. Gonzales will sit for up to an hour to be transformed into a villainous woman with heavy layers of concealer, green eye shadow, and burgundy lipstick. The finishing touch: strategically placed shadowing that creates the appearance of the sinister-looking-and-obligatory-pointy witch nose. coloradoballet.org

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