Knox College Repertory Theatre Term XV

February 7, 2010

Is it really week six?

Filed under: Kate Donoghue — Kate @ 12:50 pm

I don’t even know anymore. A couple weeks ago, Knox alumna and Jeff-Award-Nominated Costume and Makeup designer Allison Greaves came in to give us a workshop on stage makeup. I found her talk especially informative and interesting, given that I’m designing all the makeup for Angels. It’s always fun when we bring in a guest speaker whose expertise is in your field.
She taught us how to mold the face with highlight and shadow, something of which I had only hitherto had a vague idea. Highlight and shadow on the face can give depth to one’s features under the harsh stage light. I have modified several of my designs to incorporate it.
This week, I’ve started a new job: giving haircuts. Most of the men in the company currently sport stylish, yet contemporary hairdos. Your hair may look elegantly, coolly disheveled now, but I seriously doubt Roy Cohn’s 60-something WASP doctor in 1985 would ever let his hair hang past his ears. So, I’m cutting all our gentlemens’ hair. Because, let’s face it: why should the department pay $10 a head at a barber’s when they could have a rep term minion do it for free?
Until next week,

January 18, 2010

Playing with Makeup

Filed under: Kate Donoghue — Kate @ 11:54 pm

Who’d have thought that I’d be a sophomore in college and still be playing with makeup for fun? We had a production meeting today, in which I presented a few of my makeup designs to the directors and the rest of the design team. I’ve been getting a lot done, thanks to my lovely assistants. I will usually get one or two people assigned to my crew per day, which means I get to use their faces as canvases to make some of the more intricate designs come to life. It’s especially funny when I lead someone onto Harbach stage who’s got Angel makeup slicked over her face while the set crew is working on painting or assembling flats: I need to see what the makeup looks like from up in the house, and the set crew gets to have a giggle.

I’ve finally finished reorganizing the makeup cabinet, and have all my designs for Millennium Approaches more or less completed. I have certainly been keeping busy.

I also had my second rehearsal for the Angel’s Voice in Millennium as well as for Rabbi Chemelwitz. Our faculty and ADs never cease to amaze me with the depth of their insight. They have the remarkable ability to put into words things about my character that I cannot coherently describe. We have our first stumblethrough of Act One in Millennium this Thursday. I’m really looking forward to it!

Until next week,

January 14, 2010

Welcome to Rep Term!

Filed under: Kate Donoghue — Kate @ 3:12 pm

Kate Donoghue I cannot believe it’s already Week Two. We hit the ground running last Monday, and we haven’t stopped since.

A little about me: My name is Kate Donoghue. I’m a sophomore Theatre/Creative Writing major from Lemont, Illinois. I’m playing Rabbi Chemelwitz in our Rep Term productions of both Millennium Approaches and Perestroika. I’m also serving as head makeup designer for both productions, which is scary and thrilling, as up until now, the most complicated design choices I’ve had to make were where to hang posters and photos in my room. Like Carla Hamilton, I am also a TAB member and Costume Shop TA.

I actually came to Knox thinking I wouldn’t participate in Rep Term. I wanted to study abroad, blah blah blah, do a whole bunch of things that weren’t theatre. But I fell in hopelessly, wondrously in love with our department, and when I heard the Rep Term plays would be parts one and two of Angels in America I knew I had to be a part of it.

This is going to be such an awesome experience. I can’t wait to really get underway.