On August 12, Make-Up Designer/Actor Rod Voltaire Edora*, assisted by costumer Christina Weiland, introduced the CATS cast to their intricate make-up routines. Using Todd Schlader (who plays Plato) as a model, Rod demonstrated a number of techniques. Each actor had a unique make-up diagram to follow, and over the course of about 90 minutes, a room full of humans transformed into a room full of cats!
Rod prepares the colors while Todd looks at the make-up plot for his character on an iPad.
First, the white areas are filled in with makeup applied with a sponge.
The nose is carefully drawn in. (Don't look like a dog!)
Cat eyes and eyebrows.
And a mouth.
Colors on the face need to blend with the colors of the wig.
Time for the wig.
Notice how it comes together.
And Todd is now a cat!
Below, see the finished product. Below that, see each of these 5 actors in the process of achieving this effect.
Top, Todd Schlader*. Center L to R, Megan Jaron, Mario Martinez, Amy Franklin Leonards. Bottom, Jetta Martin.
Todd Schlader (early stage)
Rod helps Megan Jaron with a tricky detail.
Mario Martinez (later stage)
Rod helps Amy Franklin Leonard adjust her colors
to match her wig.
Christina and Rod put color on Jetta Martin's chin strap.
Todd and Mario waiting for their costumes.