On March 11 & 12 at 7:30 and March 13 at 2:00 I will be singing the exhausting role of King Gama in The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company's production of the savoy opera Princess Ida. Check the link or be weighed in the balance and found wanting. That's Bible for "DO it!"
Or rather, my makeup will singing the role.
Lilien Harvey designed a prosthetic nose and a chin to compliment my makeup.
I had a steep learning curve here, with little time to scale the heights.
I learned that spirit gum would NOT hold up the heavy pieces. I eventually found that a medical silicone adhesive would do the trick. And hey, the adhesive remover smells just like poppers, which takes me back to the 70s. 80s.
Alright, early 90s. It doesn't have the effect, but it brings the memories.
I learned that larger pieces wouldn't allow me to sing, which is necessitating trimming.
I had to accept that the marvelous moustache that originally gutted straight out below the fake nostrils was too heavy to support itself, and I couldn't sing if I glued them to my cheeks. More Trimming.
But without further ado, sans makeup, here is Gama's Nose:
The color of the piece matches Ben Nye's Death Flesh, appropriate I think, so that's the base color I'll be using.
As I mentioned, my makeup will be singing the role. For example, this nose will be singing Act I for me. During Act I, please stop by my trailer. It is identical to Will Smith's trailer on the inside. On the outside it is gold-plated, but I couldn't get a good picture of that, the shine was too strong
Join me for a cigar.
I'll also being doing shots. I think you should do one, too. Alright, two.
Then hie yourself back to your seat, and take it all in. You will particularly enjoy Act II. I do not appear in Act II. We hope that is not why you enjoy it so much. The music is wonderful, the performers are terrific, and boys dressed poorly as girls and simpering in a manly way...well it's Monty Python with better singing. Well, with singing.
Stay tuned to this blog for pictures of The Chin. Once I have rinse-repeated the process of slowly snipping off pieces of it until I end up with something that doesn't muck up Lilien's design, but allows me to sing, and to create makeup around my prosthetic.
Shut up. All of you. Yes, you too.