Practicing what they've learned
Putting their skills to work
Cosmetology students assist with makeup for local production
The Cosmetology classrooms at the Center for Career Services have a variety of mannequins that students use to learn and practice different techniques for haircuts, color and more. It is always fun, and an excellent opportunity, when they are able to apply their knowledge to actual people.
For the past five years students have had just such an opportunity by doing the makeup for annual productions at Eastchester Middle School, under the direction of Alex Fletcher.
In January, eight students volunteered to work with the cast on getting their hair and makeup done for a production of Suessical, Jr. Students worked on the dress rehearsal and returned to apply their skills twice more for the actual show.
“They receive employability hours,” Cosmetology teacher Theresa Galitello said, explaining this is extra time put towards receiving their cosmetology license.
The best part about it for students, Ms. Galitello said, is they can practice and include their work in their portfolios.
Students receive some direction as to the look the director is hoping to achieve. They then interpret the instructions on their own.
“One year it was basic makeup,” Ms. Galitello said, adding last year the make-up was more involved for Alice In Wonderland.
“It’s a great way for them to get out and get experience,” she said.
Student Giuliana DiPaola, a senior at Eastchester High School volunteered for the second time this year.
“I had more knowledge when I was doing it this year. It made it easier,” she said. “It’s fun working on live people.”
Adriana Massaro, a senior at New Rochelle High School, also volunteered again after working on the show last year.
“Any play you do is hectic,” she said.
During the process the makeup artists finish one cast member and immediately have to get started on the next one, which can be a little overwhelming.
“It’s non-stop,” Adriana said, adding, “I enjoy it.”