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Behind the scenes: Shrek the Musical

Posted November 29, 2012

"Shrek the Musical" is taking over the Progress Energy Center through Sunday. Out and About had a chance to step into the makeup room with actor Perry Sook as he prepped for Wednesday night's show. 

makeup Backstage with Shrek

Among the things we learned about Shrek: 

  • It isn't easy being green! Perry wears a prosthetic cap that covers his head and surrounds his face. Makeup artist Michael Ferguson then applies green makeup to Perry's face. 
  • There are 19 prosthetic head pieces for Shrek. While Perry only wears one at a time, the pieces need maintenance. So, extras are always around just in case. 
  • The nose is really important. Ferguson said that the distinctive prosthetic nose always makes the character come alive.
  • Ogres use hairdryers and airbrush machines. To help dry the makeup, Michael uses a hairdryer then puts on the final touches - some powder, followed by some airbrushed "Shrekles" to give Perry's makeup some definition. 
  • The outfit is hot! Perry wears so many layers in that famous Shrek costume that he has to wear ice packs underneath and use a cool room in between acts. 
  • Christian Marriner, who plays Lord Farquaad in the show, is also dealing with the heat. He told us has has been told to drink Pedialyte after suffering some dehydration.
  • With the exception of Shrek and "baby Shrek," most actors in the show do their own makeup. 

The show follows the story of the first "Shrek" film, but has a few surprises. One of the coolest things we saw backstage was the dragon! 

Check out our videos to see more behind the scenes footage.

Perry Sook stars in "Shrek the Musical." Shrek's makeup secrets

Perry Sook stars in "Shrek the Musical" Shrek: "Ogres do pass out"



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