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CATS: the makeup behind the musical

Posted October 2, 2013

— CATS, one of the world's most popular musicals, is coming to Raleigh! Presented by the North Carolina Theatre, the show runs from Oct. 8-13 at Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh.

CATS tells the story of the Jellicles, a tribe of cats who assemble for their annual junkyard ball where they announce the cat that will be reborn.

Out & About got a behind the scenes look at the intricate makeup and hair preparation for the show. All of the makeup looks were designed specifically for this show by makeup designer Patti DelSordo, and feature extravagant glitter, long whiskers and big wigs.

When we caught up with the NC Theatre, actress Kinsland Howell, who plays Demeter, was getting her stage makeup done, and Katie Lynch, who plays Jellylorum, was practicing her own makeup look. Some of the cast members have two or three makeup changes during the show, which makes the intricate makeup designs even more impressive. CATS CATS: The Makeup

In order to keep the makeup from running or streaking during the show, DelSordo uses translucent powder to set the makeup. After liberally applying powder, she recommends dusting off the excess with a brush and spritzing on water with a spray bottle. Then, lightly pat dry with a tissue. Good tips for anyone attempting an extreme makeup look for Halloween!

Another tip - use gel liner instead of black grease paint to line the eyes and create lines on the face. Adding a little water to the glitter can also help it stay on longer!

And if you make a mistake - just cover with white paint and redo! Check out our video of the makeup being applied it is at the bottom of this blogpost! (Note: Mobile users need to head to WRAL.com/outandabout to view the video)

Tickets for CATS range from $25-$101 and are available online. There are matinee and evening shows.

CATS Behind the scenes: CATS makeup


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