A Hair & Media Make-up student from Solihull College & University Centre was recently appointed the lead Make-up Artist for ‘Hairspray the Musical’ as part of her college work experience.

Keelin Lawman, 16, accompanied 20 fellow students who assisted the production at the Solihull theatre, presented by St. Augustine’s Musical Theatre Company, for over a week and a half.

The musical had performances every night with additional matinees at the weekend. Keelin was responsible for the organisation and delivery of the stage make-up for both principal and ensemble actors, male and female, equipping her with experience of different types of application. The make-up included tattoo coverage, contouring, foundation, basic hair and make-up and theatre make-up.

Speaking of the experience, Keelin stated; “It went well and though it was stressful at times it was also useful. I really learnt how to become more efficient and speed up my processes.”

The Director/Producer of the show spoke highly of Keelin’s assistance, stating “She demonstrated initiative, self-reliance and most importantly the ability to work in a team – vital to any theatre company. We thoroughly enjoyed her week with us. It was a rewarding and productive time for both of us.”

The 16 year old, who currently lives in Kings Heath, is in her first year of the hair & media make-up course offered at the College. She intends to progress onto the level 3 course and aspires to specialise in horror film make-up. With opportunities such as work experience at St. Augustine’s Theatre Group, Keelin is firmly on the path to achieving her goal.

If you are interested in studying hair & media make-up, please visit www.solihull.ac.uk.