Toad of Toad Hall gets a total redo

Cayman Drama Society’s forthcoming
production, Toad of Toad Hall, is to use the services of a professional
hairstylist/make-up artist, who has worked in the movie and television industry
for the past 35 years. Jim De Loache’s movie credits include Transformed By
Grace and the Zombie Driftwood film.

The production, which runs from 16
September to 3 October at the Prospect Playhouse, will be using him to transform
the child actors into riverbank and woodland characters in the adaptation of
the Kenneth William’s classic Wind in the Willows.

Mr. De Loache gave a three-hour
workshop on the basics of theatrical make-up techniques last Sunday. The
Playhouse’s auditorium was packed with around 25 cast members as well as the
play’s director, Karie Bergstrom.

The purpose of the workshop was to
give real-time demonstrates to parents and children on animal-face makeup. More
used to being behind the scenes than up front answering questions, Mr. De
Loache said his remit was, “To make Toad of Toad Hall the best show it can be.”

“You cannot find little animal
noses and the pieces to attach to the face here in Cayman, so I show them how
to mold them out of clay and to make the latex noses to use for each show,” he

“I will supply all the makeup
needed to do this production out of my box.”

Mr. De Loache’s audience were a
lively bunch and asked a lot of questions having quickly warmed to the make-up
artist’s humour-filled presentation.

He later said, “They were the best
group of kids to work with and they got into the moment, eager to learn.
Teaching children how to do their makeup is something they can use for all the
productions they will be in, and that is what our theatres need.”

Asked what the challenges were when
working on the relatively large-scale theatre production with intricate make-up
needs, he said that they included “understanding the lighting and how the
makeup will look under the lights [and] getting the entire makeup ready and on
stage at the right time and keeping things moving smoothly… I love working
backstage doing hair and makeup. Teaching and having the supplies I need to
make… plays come alive on stage here in Cayman is a big part of my life.”

Ms Bergstrom said, “I am so
thrilled to have Jimmie onboard for the production… He generously volunteered
to put on a workshop to teach the children, parents and volunteers about
theatre makeup and designing Latex masks, etc. The entire cast attended as well
as a number of parents. It was great to see the transformation of some of our
animal characters… I truly felt like we were in the Wild Wood!”

Having done the makeup for hundreds
of plays, including the CDS’s productions of Moon over Buffalo and One White
One Black at the Harquail Theatre, Mr. De Loache will also be the make-up
designer for the CDS’s upcoming show, The Little Shop of Horrors, which
incidentally will be directed by Mrs. Bergstrom’s sister Sheree Ebanks.


For times and ticketing details,
call the CDS box office, at 949-5054. The box office now accepts credit cards.

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