Day 1 – Munchkin Madness!
Wouldn’t it be nice to be a kid again?
Today, for a small period of time, I experienced what it felt like again! Behind the scenes at the Echoes of Oz event, I was surrounded by small children determined to smear their beautifully applied face paint everywhere. And… although we spent a great deal of time following the little ones around with brushes, making sure their Munchkin faces remained in tact, everything ran very smoothly and was much less chaos than we had built it up to be! As a team, we managed to get the makeup on quickly even with the pressure of a short time scale.
The 1.30pm show was performed in the Mirror pool in Centenary Square, Bradford by all the school children! Although the show wasn’t what I had expected, (I expected more: disney style) the costumes and makeup made the children really look the part!
Here are a few of the performers in full costume and makeup below:
I was really impressed with how effective the munchkin design was, and how easy it was to see from the distance the audience were stood in relation to the performers. I would say the only downside was that some of the Munchkin’s makeup wasn’t to the standard the face chart directed. However, this could have been due to the challenge of working on a small child, dealing with their fidgeting and short attention spans.
Hopefully tomorrow the makeup for the ‘Flying Monkeys’ and the ‘Emerald Citizens’ will be of a higher standard when the team is in a more familiar setting and the performers are more likely to sit still.
Nevertheless, I hope you enjoyed the show and were able to appreciate all the hard work and planning of the day, and if you managed to stay for the night performance that it was more impressive and more… Disney esque!