Theater Makeup Case Study: Seussical the Musical

I’ve always had a soft spot for live theater – it’s definitely one of my favorite makeup service I provide. Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to be the Key Makeup Artist for one of my absolute favorite shows: Seussical the Musical with Arizona College Prep’s Drama Company. If you are not familiar with the show, it consists of a large cast full of fanciful, classic Dr. Seuss characters from books like the Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Preparing for a show this grand, a lot of planning and communication was necessary to make the Director’s vision a reality. I sketched different looks, planned side by side with other designers of the show, and chose what makeup would be most vivid to capture the colors of Dr. Seuss’s imagination while also holding up to the test of live theater: dancing, running around, and many costume changes.

Using a mixture of products from Krylon, Ben Nye, Mac, and other professional lines, actors were taught how to apply stage makeup while I personally applied makeup to characters like the Bird Girls, Mayzie La Bird, and the Jungle of Nool.

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