Comrie’s pantomime performers are ‘made-up’ by FVC expertise

Comrie’s pantomime performers are ‘made-up’ by FVC expertise
HND Make-up Artistry second years and Lecturer Tracey Coupland

HND Make-up Artistry students from Forth Valley College stepped in recently to make sure Cinderella and her ugly sisters were able to go to the ball in style.

Second year students Alanna Henderson, from Crieff, Victoria McLaren, from Deanston, Megan McKay, Rachael Punton, Iona Stevenson, Lauren Bath, Cheryl Robertson and Siobhan Donlevy all from Stirling, played a big part in Comrie Amateur Dramatic Society’s production of Cinderella at the White Church in Comrie from Monday 27 November to Saturday 2 December. The eight students also braved snow and icy to make it to the theatre on the weekend of Friday 1 and Saturday 2 December, to make sure the show would go on!

The opportunity came about after a ‘friend in the business’ messaged FVC Lecturer Tracey Coupland and asked if her HND Make-up Artistry students could work with a local drama group, to provide make up services for their production of Cinderella. 

As the class were looking for a production that would be suitable for the students to use for their unit called ‘Production Study for Theatre… it was a match made in pantomime heaven.   

Everything fell into place and they were invited to pre-production meetings held in October and November with the Comrie Amateur Dramatic Society. The students participated in pre-production meetings prior to the performance, marked scripts, and made design plans for the makeup looks prior to the actual production.

FVC Make-up Artistry Lecturer Tracey Coupland, said: “I'm really proud of the professional work that our students did. They travelled through sub-zero temperatures to use their own materials to provide a very high quality service, on top of engaging with their studies during the day. Allowing the students to participate in an actual production helped them to not only gain the valuable experience, but to achieve the evidence requirements for their unit.

“It was extremely satisfying to hear a member of the production team say that "the make-up is the best they've had for a very, very long time”. Working on this production has also opened further exciting opportunities in the future for our students. I’m a very proud lecturer indeed!”

Photographs behind the scenes at the pantomime were taken by FVC Lecturers Alan Ritchie and Tracey Coupland.

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